Frog Gigging 101: How to Gig a Frog
Frog gigging, also known as frog hunting, is a popular activity in parts of the United States, particularly the South and Midwest. Gigging frogs typically involves using a large spear, or gig, to impale frogs in bodies of water and then pulling them out of the water to be cooked and eaten. If you’re new to this pastime, or if you have always wanted to learn how to gig for frogs in the water yourself, then here’s everything you need to know about this fun summer activity!
What is Frog Gigging?
The techniques and equipment involved with frog gigging are relatively straightforward, but to successfully gig a frog, is not. The spear has a small barb with a small barb near it's tip like a fishing hooks barb; when you gig a frog, it will stay on your spear without slipping off due to the barbs. The barbs of a frog gigging spear help keep your catch secure as you pull them out of underwater hiding spots or through thick vegetation. In general once you have some experience and have successfully learned to gig a frog it's very easy to gather large amounts of frogs through gigging. Though typically you'll want a partner to help you as it's much harder to do solo (We'll explain why below).
A frog gigging spear is a long-bladed spear tip traditionally used by hunters who wanted to catch frogs from the shore of a lake or river. A traditional frog gigging spear is thin, with three pronged spear points with small barbs on the end. You can purchase a ready to go spears to gig a frog, or even make one yourself from pretty basic materials. With that said, there are plenty of variations—some frog gigging spears have 3 prongs with barbs on all three ends, some have 2 or 4 prongs on them. Once you've got your frog gig grab a partner, and a couple headlamps. If you'd like more information on making your own frog gigging spear, click the link HERE or grab your own Frog Gigging Spear Card HERE
Step 2: Find Some Water to Gig a Frog in!
If you’re looking to gig a frog in the water, the first step is finding some water. Once you do you can confirm their presence by listening to the frogs as they croak; they often call near the water. (Croaking generally gets louder as their proximity to the water increases.) After locating a group of frogs, shine your light out over the water, you can see their eyes glow to confirm their presence. Once that's done it’s time to go get your equipment together and go gig a frog!
Step 3: Blind the Frogs
You're now equipped with the perfect frog gigging spear, a partner and an area to hunt. The only thing left to do is shine them, then gig a frog. It's crucial that you blind the frogs while they are sitting on the bank or in their mud holes, or even in the water so your light needs to be as bright as you can get. You don't want them to be able to escape, but if you shine it right into their eyes, they won't be able to see your partner approach (from behind is best) just don't get between them and the light or they will quickly hop away.
Step 4: How to Spear a Frog
Step up slowly behind the frog. This is a critical part of making sure you take your frog out cleanly and quickly. When ready, aim at the base frog’s head, directly behind his eyes, and thrust, congratulations, you've just learned how to gig a frog! Put your frogs into a dedicated frog gigging bag (like a burlap potato sack that's been wet with cool water) and transfer them to an iced cooler as soon as you can to keep the meat as fresh as possible.
Step 5: Dinner Time!
now that you've got a few frogs, it's time to eat! There's a lot of resources online that include recipes for cooking frog legs, as well as other edible parts of frogs, so I won't go into that for now since there's plenty of information out there.
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Before Going Frog Gigging Check your Local Laws
before you go frog gigging check your local laws to determine any special requirements or limits you may have.
Types of Frogs: Only certain types of frogs can be hunted depending on the State. Some States allow more but, as a general rule, most states allow hunting:
Your specific State Wildlife Department is the best place to get up-to-date information and resources for hunting, fishing, and land-use regulations