Anyone hunting bullfrogs with an airgun?

Anyone hunting bullfrogs with an airgun?

Joined: April 11th, 2007, 2:08 pm

June 14th, 2017, 2:21 pm #1

Kicking around taking my Leshiy in .22 out for a canoe ride tonight in search of some frogs legs. Just got inspired by a facebook post in which a Disco seemed to be adequate. Anyone have any experience? I'm hoping to be able to anchor a frog with one, well placed pellet.
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June 14th, 2017, 4:05 pm #2

Then you don't have to retrieve them. Just get a long pole with about 3 ft of line tied to the end. Tie a hook to the end and put a little piece or red cloth on it. Dangle it in front of the frog, and they'll jump right on it.
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Joined: April 11th, 2007, 2:08 pm

June 14th, 2017, 4:39 pm #3

Do you think that this red cloth technique will work after dark? I have done it before in daylight. Lookinf for an excuse to take an airgun along.
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Joined: August 22nd, 2003, 11:16 pm

June 14th, 2017, 4:44 pm #4

Kicking around taking my Leshiy in .22 out for a canoe ride tonight in search of some frogs legs. Just got inspired by a facebook post in which a Disco seemed to be adequate. Anyone have any experience? I'm hoping to be able to anchor a frog with one, well placed pellet.
We used powerful springers, headlights
Etc.

I'd load my CR 1400 with 5 .22 lead balls, behind a felt cleaning pell.
Charge it heavy and it would starch big Texas bullfrogs like a thunderbolt.

Snakes and nutria were bonus-targets. Wish I had a big plate of fried frog legs right now!
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Joined: August 17th, 2008, 6:54 am

June 14th, 2017, 4:53 pm #5

Kicking around taking my Leshiy in .22 out for a canoe ride tonight in search of some frogs legs. Just got inspired by a facebook post in which a Disco seemed to be adequate. Anyone have any experience? I'm hoping to be able to anchor a frog with one, well placed pellet.
A long handled dip net comes in handy as well as a cooler with ice. I use a .22 Benjamin NP2 fitted with an AO mildot scope and a red lensed torch @ 1000 lumens. You can get really close. Most shots are at five yards. Remember, shoot only the biggest bullfrogs and leave the medium and smaller ones for another night. It is easy to clean out a location. Make only head shots, body shots will cause them to sink before you can retrieve them.

After I've cleaned them, I soak the legs in buttermilk with salt and pepper to taste overnight. I like to use Zatarain's fish fry breading and pan fry in olive oil. I save the backbone and fore legs for gumbo. I poach them in chicken stock. I wait and freeze them until I have around 40-50 bodies to make a decent gumbo base.

I'll post the recipe on this thread if you wish for my Frog Holler Gumbo. It's made with Bullfrog, Fresh shucked oysters (optional), Shrimp, Chicken, Smoked Sausage, Okra, Red Bell Peppers, Onions, Celery, Garlic, White Wine, Roux, Cajun Spices and served over white rice.
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June 14th, 2017, 4:59 pm #6

Then you don't have to retrieve them. Just get a long pole with about 3 ft of line tied to the end. Tie a hook to the end and put a little piece or red cloth on it. Dangle it in front of the frog, and they'll jump right on it.
Gig 'em and fry 'em!!! nft
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Joined: April 11th, 2007, 2:08 pm

June 14th, 2017, 5:18 pm #7

A long handled dip net comes in handy as well as a cooler with ice. I use a .22 Benjamin NP2 fitted with an AO mildot scope and a red lensed torch @ 1000 lumens. You can get really close. Most shots are at five yards. Remember, shoot only the biggest bullfrogs and leave the medium and smaller ones for another night. It is easy to clean out a location. Make only head shots, body shots will cause them to sink before you can retrieve them.

After I've cleaned them, I soak the legs in buttermilk with salt and pepper to taste overnight. I like to use Zatarain's fish fry breading and pan fry in olive oil. I save the backbone and fore legs for gumbo. I poach them in chicken stock. I wait and freeze them until I have around 40-50 bodies to make a decent gumbo base.

I'll post the recipe on this thread if you wish for my Frog Holler Gumbo. It's made with Bullfrog, Fresh shucked oysters (optional), Shrimp, Chicken, Smoked Sausage, Okra, Red Bell Peppers, Onions, Celery, Garlic, White Wine, Roux, Cajun Spices and served over white rice.
that you use the entire animal. I hate the idea of just using the rear legs. I'll be in a kayak so I should be able to reach the tough spots. Hoping for a dozen or so. No-one around here goes after 'em in my neck of the woods so the pickens should be good even on the well used ponds.
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Joined: February 1st, 2014, 12:51 pm

June 14th, 2017, 5:54 pm #8

I might get 10 in 20 mins walking round the yard, not one to waste I feed them to the chickens.

Tough buggers, I've had them hop off after taking multiple BBS through the head!
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Joined: August 17th, 2008, 6:54 am

June 14th, 2017, 6:36 pm #9

that you use the entire animal. I hate the idea of just using the rear legs. I'll be in a kayak so I should be able to reach the tough spots. Hoping for a dozen or so. No-one around here goes after 'em in my neck of the woods so the pickens should be good even on the well used ponds.
This is a rather involved and detailed procedure but believe me, this is the best gumbo you have ever tasted. You may deviate from the recipe to suit your needs, this is just a guide and you can change it to suit your tastes of ingredients.

Stock:
Peel and devein 1 lb of shrimp 24-26 count. Reserve the shells and set aside the shrimp. Place the shells under a broiler and cook until pink with a small bit of charring on the shells. In a medium stock pot(18-20 QT) with 6-8 quarts of water, chicken base, 6-8 cubes or equivalent, bring to a simmer, add frog bodies and simmer for 20 minutes.

Strain, discard shrimp shells and pluck out frog meat from bones and reserve. Add stock back to the pot and add to stock, 1 medium onion chopped, 2 ribs of celery chopped, 1 red pepper chopped, 3 cloves of garlic minced, 1 lb of raw chicken breast or thighs, diced. Bring to simmer for 20 minutes.

Get your rice cooking.

Make a coffee w/cream colored roux, You may use Zatarains roux base for this with excellent results also.

Add cooked frog, shrimp, okra, 1lb smoked sausage chopped and Tony Chachere's seasoning to taste.
Simmer until roux is thick.

Note: IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO FRESH OYSTERS, ADD THE lIQUOR IN THE FIRST STEP AND ADD THE WHOLE OYSTERS AT THE LAST. (Optional)

Makes @ 1.25 Gallons
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Joined: February 28th, 2011, 4:45 pm

June 14th, 2017, 6:58 pm #10

Kicking around taking my Leshiy in .22 out for a canoe ride tonight in search of some frogs legs. Just got inspired by a facebook post in which a Disco seemed to be adequate. Anyone have any experience? I'm hoping to be able to anchor a frog with one, well placed pellet.
with a Sheridan pumper. We kids turned the pellets backwards for "hollow points" Head shots only. Good eating.
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