Is it really legal to shoot frogs in New York State?

Move over deer, bears, turkeys, and birds. It's frog hunting season in New York. And yes, you can legally shoot frogs in the Empire State. There's no limit either. You can take as many as you want.

I've heard of frog gigging where people go out with a pitchfork or a spear to catch frogs. Big and Rich even go 'out giggin' frogs, after introducing their old bird dog.' But I've never heard of people actually shooting frogs with a shotgun.

It's legal during frog hunting season which runs from June 15 through September 30, 2022. A fishing or hunting license is required from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to take frogs with a spear, club, hook, gun, bow, or by hand.

The only exception during frog hunting season is the northern cricket frogs and the eastern spadefoot toads. Neither can be taken anywhere in the state, in or out of season.

Credit - National Park Service/New York Natural Heritage Program
Credit - National Park Service/New York Natural Heritage Program
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Frog hunting hours in New York are any time of day or night. You just can't use a gun to take frogs when hunting after sunset.

Frog legs anyone?

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