Summertime is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the many activities Missouri’s natural resources offer.
Frogging is a fun and exciting activity to enjoy on warm summer nights.
For those who have tried it, there are few things that compare to a meal of fried frog legs!
Webster County offers some great opportunities for frogging.
Many people go frogging in their ponds, but there are many creeks accessible to the public where you can find some frogs.
Just listen for their call when it turns dark.
Frogging season begins Sunday, June 30, at sunset and ends Thursday, Oct. 31.
Missouri has two frog species that are legal game — the American bullfrog and green frog. Bullfrogs are larger and therefore more sought after than green frogs.
The daily limit is eight frogs of both species combined and the possession limit is 16 frogs of both species combined.
Only the daily limit may be possessed on the waters or banks thereof where limits apply. Daily limits end at mid night, so froggers who catch their daily limits before midnight and then want to return for more frogging after midnight must remove the daily limit of previously caught frogs from the waters or banks before returning for more.
Frogging can be done with either a fishing permit or a small-game hunting permit.
Children under the age of 16 and Missouri residents 65 years of age or older are not required to have a permit.
Those with a fishing permit may take frogs by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, trotline, throw line, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line.
With a small-game hunting permit, frogs may be harvested using a .22-caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, pellet gun, atlatl, bow, crossbow, by hand or hand net. The use of an artificial light is permitted when frogging. Although the methods differ depending on which permit you have, the same daily and possession limits apply regardless of which permit you harvest the frogs under.
One last thing to remember, if you witness or suspect a wildlife violation, report it to your local conservation agent or call the Operation Game Thief toll-free number at 1-800-392-1111, which is manned 24 hours a day. You may remain anonymous, and you may ask to be considered for a reward if you wish.
For detailed information or to answer questions, please see the 2019 Missouri Hunting & Trapping Regulations booklet, the 2019 Missouri Fishing Regulations, the Wildlife Code of Missouri, visit www.mdc.mo.gov or contact me at 417-839-0258.