Bullfrog and green frog season is open in Missouri until Oct. 31, and we can provide your needed tools as the area’s premier fishing and sporting goods outdoor shop. American bullfrogs are Missouri’s largest frogs. While green frogs look similar to bullfrogs, they are smaller and have a skin ridge along the sides of the back that isn’t found on bullfrogs.
Daily limit of frogs in Missouri is eight bullfrogs or green frogs, with the possession limit of 16.
Frogs can be harvested legally with either fishing or hunting permits, as long as the method matches the permit. With a fishing permit, frogs may be harvested by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, trotline, throw line, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line during frog season. With a hunting permit, frogs may be harvested using .22-caliber or smaller rimfire rifle or pistol, pellet gun, bow, crossbow, atlatl or by hand or hand net.
Children under the age of 16 and adults more than 65 years old are not required to have a permit.
Frogs may be hunted during the day, or at night with artificial lights. During a full moon, frogs typically are skittish because they feel more exposed, and are more challenging to approach. During new moons, it is often easier to get closer to them. Because frogs must keep their skin moist, they spend more time in the water and weeds during the day, so generally are less visible than on banks compared to nights. Their location often is given away by their loud croaks.
Note that to prevent the spread of didymo, an invasive alga, using shoes, boots or waders with porous soles of felt, matted or woven fibrous material is prohibited at many Missouri parks, streams, lakes and buffer areas.