SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
— The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is encouraging people to hunt bullfrogs — and you don’t need a license to do so.
Bullfrogs are an invasive species in Utah that will eat just about anything, including snakes, fish, toads, and mice.
There is no limit and no season for hunting bullfrogs in Utah, many of which can be found in ponds and marshes along the Wasatch Front.
And many of Utah’s bullfrogs are gigantic growing up to 8 inches and weighing 1.5 pounds.
Lee Kay Public Shooting Range Facilities and Grounds Supervisor Ja Eggett says:
“Target the big ones — they have the most meat.”
In the post, Eggett offers tips on how to find and spot bullfrogs in Utah:
“Most of the ponds and marshes along the Wasatch Front contain bullfrogs. A quick evening trip and some listening will reveal if you’ve found a spot where bullfrogs are present. They breed from late spring through early summer, during which time you’ll hear males call together in a chorus. Bullfrogs are typically green or gray-brown with brown spots and have easily identifiable circular eardrums — or tympanum — on either side of their heads. Based on how much they have spread, I think you could find them in many locations throughout the state.”
You can also find them in the marshes of the Great Salt Lake.
Bullfrogs are native to the eastern United States, and it’s unclear when they arrived in Utah, but there have been breeding populations since at least the early 1970s.
Typically, people use fishing gear to hunt frogs — which would require a fishing license since people may catch fish while trying to catch frogs.
Eggert explains his best catching and cooking methods in the blog post.
for more info check out original piece by Adam Forgie at kutv.com/news/local/utah-encouraging