Maybe it’s because I have rural roots in Nebraska. Maybe it’s because I grew up exploring the Platte River bottoms and nearby sandpit lakes. Maybe it’s the adventurous spirit that I possess. Whatever the case may be with me, I absolutely, positively enjoy bullfrog hunting in late summer at night!
Bullfrog hunting is really a misnomer here in Nebraska. Yes, there is a season on bullfrogs (Aug. 15 – Oct. 31) and it’s open! But, they are aquatic creatures (amphibians) and you need a current, valid NE fishing permit in order to take or attempt to take them. There is 4 1/2-inch minimum length limit from snout to vent on the bullfrogs. You can get them by hand, hand net or hook and line. Gigging and spearing them are not allowed nor is shooting them with a firearm or bow since there is a minimum length limit established on the frogs and the smaller ones need to be released alive. Additionally, there are also limits on how many legal-sized bullfrogs one can have which are eight in the daily bag and sixteen in possession. The season and limits allow bullfrogs to reach maturity and reproduce at least once or twice before they are harvested. Artificial lights may be used to capture bullfrogs, if you’re wondering. Bullfrogs can be transported live or gutted but the bullfrog body must be left intact due to that length limit. Research has been done on bullfrogs and bullfrog harvest in Nebraska for conservation purposes and the regulations are in place to keep bullfrog populations healthy.
Catching bullfrogs for their delicious legs and meat is actually a time-honored, late-summer/early fall tradition for some of us Nebraskans. There a several different ways to cook them.
Froggin’, as it is commonly called, offers an unusual and exciting outdoor experience coupled with a true outdoor challenge. The North American Bullfrog is an aquatic specie that demands extreme cunning and quietness to nab, but one that is not dangerous and doesn’t stink when handled.
Catching bullfrogs for those tasty legs at the table has been made popular by the hit A & E TV show Duck Dynasty featuring the Robertson family of rural West Monroe, LA. Have you watched the show? Jace Robertson loves his bullfrogs!
Catching bullfrogs in late summer is a fun outdoor activity and a wonderful way to enjoy nature at night!
For some great information on how to catch bullfrogs, click here. Remember, gigging bullfrogs is not allowed in Nebraska.
Also, our NE Game and Parks Fish/Fishing Guru Daryl Bauer uses his fishing gear to hook bullfrogs. Here’s a video of Daryl talking about catching bullfrogs in the Cornhusker State with his fishing equipment.
FACT: Amphibians, such as bullfrogs, are an indicator species of a clean environment.