In the Wild with Greg Wagner



Nebraska’s bullfrog hunting season opens this Sunday, August 15th. So, very fittingly, here is another must see video presentation from our ‘Outdoor Nebraska’ video library on bullfroggin’ courtesy of my good buddy Ralph Wall of Game and Parks in Lincoln. Be sure to check the regulations on attempting to take bullfrogs in the current Nebraska Fishing Guide and don’t forget your fishing permit as well! Happy bullfroggin’! Enjoy the video! Oh, and after viewing the video, check out my recipe for frog legs below. See you out there, trying to be fast enough to catch North America’s largest frog … Darn it, I missed another one! 


Sprinkle frog legs with lemon pepper, pepper and lemon juice. Dip in cracker crumbs, egg, and again in cracker crumbs. Chill 1 hour. Saute in butter until brown, or fry in very hot canola oil for 3 minutes. Allow 1/2 pound per person. Invite me over! GW.



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I’ve been wanting to go frogging all year (I’ve never gone before) and I’m planning on trying it this year. This is video is GREAT because I wasn’t sure how to use hook and line until I saw this… the question I still have is how do you kill the frog after you catch it (and before you clean it)? This might seem like a basic question, but I want the kill to be as humane as possible – do I just bash it on head? Stab it? Any suggestions would be great!

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From friends in the Missouri Dept. of Conservation …

Put Maximum Strength Anbesol on the head/forehead of the bullfrog for a quick and painless death (takes a few minutes). Anbesol, available in liquid form across the counter at your local pharmacy, is completely painless to the bullfrog as it numbs it before it dies. It feels nothing at all. This is what most well exerienced frog experts do. Now, about bullfrogs for the table. Frogs are a breeze to clean. Rinse the frog, then grasp it behind the front legs with its head in your palm and place it belly down on a cutting board. Stretch the hind legs out and cut with a cleaver or heavy knife above the hip. Try to keep the legs attached as a pair to ease skinning and cooking. Work your finger under the skin between the frog’s legs. Then, pull the skin down the legs to the ankles, like peeling off a pair of tube socks. Cut off the feet and skin with a sharp knife and toss this tasty treat to the friendly barn cat keeping you company. Place the legs in a freezer bag with a tablespoon of salt per gallon bag of frog legs, fill the bag with water and refrigerate or freeze. This will avoid freezer burning the legs. The hip bones can be sharp, so double bag.

NOTE: Nebraska law allows legal-sized bullfrogs to be transported alive or field dressed, but the bullfrog body must be left intact during transport.

I think this info should greatly assist you. Good luck bullfroggin’!

“Wags — Greg Wagner

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i just cut the legs(all 4) at the ankle area, slice the skin up the middle to the head, pull off the skin, gut it, and rinse similar to skinning a rabbit or squirrel why just eat the back legs when there is meat all over the body? btw we had to disect a bullfrog in biology when i was in high school, my teacher wasn’t too happy when he saw i had it skinned in 20 seconds while everyone else was still trying to cut theirs

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