Columbia, Mo. – Have you ever wanted to try the art of catching frogs? Families are invited to discover nature at a free frog gigging clinic 6:30 p.m. to midnight on July 20 at the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Blind Pony Hatchery in Sweet Springs. Participants will learn the basics of frog gigging safety, equipment, identification, regulations and much more. This program will consist of classroom lessons followed by a field trip.
“Catching frogs can be a fun and exciting activity for the whole family,” said Brian Flowers, MDC outdoor skills specialist. “Frogging is a great way to enjoy Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources while also putting food on the table the whole family can enjoy. Frog legs are the reward that awaits the taker after a successful night of frog gigging.”
This year’s frog season begins at sunset on June 30 and will continue through Oct. 31. Daily limit is eight bullfrogs or green frogs and 16 in possession. Children under the age of 16 and adults over 65 are not required to have a permit.
Discover Nature Families programs are designed to help adults and children explore nature and master outdoor skills together. The Discover Nature Families: frog gigging clinic is free and open to youth ages 11 to 17 and their parent or adult mentor. To register, or for more information, contact Brian Flowers at Brian.Flowers@mdc.mo.gov or 573-815-7901, ext. 3388.
Blind Pony fish hatchery is located in Sweet Springs, MO. From Sweet Springs at I-70, go north one mile on Highway 127, then east 6.5 miles on Route ZZ.
For more information about this and other Discover Nature programs, go online to mdc.mo.gov.