In later years, I had a Lab that was great at retrieving the green swamp creatures. I’d shoot one and Skeeter would be in the water in a flash. But the frogs from these local waters were far smaller than the ones you get today.
Frog legs are very popular in French and Cantonese cuisine. Most of the frogs available today come from countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh and Thailand. While eating them, I wonder what’s in the water in which they are raised. It’s amazing that $40 million worth of frogs are sold annually. They are rich in protein, Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin A and potassium.
I found a place in Louisiana that has American-raised frogs and get them shipped right to my door. They are a little expensive, but at least they were not taken from a river where half the third-world population bathes.
There’s a season on frogs and a small game or fishing license is required to get them. They can be harvested from June 15 until Sept. 30.
I wonder if anyone even bothers to hunt them anymore. I guess the bigger bull frogs are active at night, but they can’t be taken after sunset with a gun. Maybe I will try it again someday and relive the days of old. It sort of makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Trout Unlimited’s Introduction to Fly Fishing Course will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 10 at the Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith. If you’ve ever thought about trying it, this is the place to start. Bring a bag lunch and equipment. Loaner equipment is available. The class is limited to 40 students and the cost is $40. Registration ends May 8. For more information, call Marge Harris from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at 607-263-5767 or Dave Plummer at 607-563-1978.
Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.