GIG A FROG

Field and Stream - - F&S - —M.R.S.

The surest way to pile up frogs is by ca­noe in the heat of early sum­mer, when the hu­mid­ity is high, the mos­qui­toes are out, and the bull­frogs are singing their breed­ing song. Af­ter dark, grab your gig, a head­lamp, and a buddy, and go for a float. The stern man should pad­dle the ca­noe while the bow man runs the gig. At this time of year, male bull­frogs will group to­gether and call in a cho­rus, try­ing to out-sing one another for a mate. Float the river slowly and lis­ten. When the bull­frog ser­e­nade is loud and close, scan the bank with a head­lamp. The glare of a frog’s eyes in the beam is un­mis­tak­able, and the wider set apart those eyes, the big­ger the frog. Look at the frog’s tym­pa­num—that disk-shaped eardrum on the side of its head. If it’s larger than the frog’s eyes, your quarry is a male; if it’s smaller, the frog is a fe­male. Ei­ther way, if the head and body are as big as your fist, that’s a good meat frog. Gig the frog through the head to avoid dam­ag­ing the legs.

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