The ‘gig’ is up: frog-gigging in Ohio

When I was a kid growing up in Brown County, Ohio, some of my friends often talked of “gigging” for frogs. They said it was a hoot and they really enjoyed eating frog legs after the catch.

I never joined them, and for that I missed out on some real good times.

That’s about to change, though, thanks to a workshop I plan to attend offered by the state DNR.

The public is invited to attend a free workshop on the basics of frog-gigging June 16, according to the Ohio DNR.

Topics to be covered by ODNR Division of Wildlife officials include equipment, techniques, regulations, and a cleaning demonstration. At dusk, groups will enter the wetlands on the public wildlife area at Killdeer Plains in northwest Ohio with ODNR Division of Wildlife staff to pursue frogs. Participants are encouraged to wear old clothes and shoes, and bring waders, hip boots, or a canoe or kayak to better access frogs in the wetlands.

The workshop will begin at 7 p.m. at the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area check station, located at 19100 County Highway 115, Harpster, Ohio. Participants should plan to stay well after dark to participate in the field portion of the workshop.

Interested parties are reminded that anyone 16 years of age or older is required to have a valid fishing license to participate. Preregistration is required by June 14, as space is limited. Contact Jaron Beck at 419-429-8324 for more information and to register.

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