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June 14, 2005

IDNR Announces Bullfrog Season Opens June 15th in Illinois
Many Strategies Available to Nab Frogs

Springfield—June 15th marks the beginning of season for those who want to hunt bullfrogs in Illinois. The season continues through August 31st, with a limit of up to eight bullfrogs each day, 16 total in possession. No size limit applies.

“Hunting bullfrogs is old-fashioned fun,” said Joel Brunsvold, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

In Illinois, it is legal to capture bullfrogs using a gig, bow and arrow, net, or by hand. It is prohibited to use firearms or any commercial fishing device. Frogs generally grow up to a maximum of one foot in size. Most hunters seek the frogs for their meat, especially of the legs and back.

“The frog population in Illinois seems to be thriving,” said Steve Pallo, IDNR fisheries expert. “They especially thrive in small farm ponds, and the number of created ponds is continuously increasing in Illinois.”

It is only legal to hunt the bullfrog in Illinois, a species that thrives in backwaters, wetlands, and ponds with abundant plant growth. The bullfrog is known for the deep rumbling croaking sound it makes, which is commonly described as sounding like the words “jug-of-rum.”



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