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    bow hunting frogs

    ok im wanting to try to bowhunt frogs instead of just gigging has any done this if so whats your setup and what kind of arrow would you use?



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    the reason im wanting to bow hunt them the ponds i have the bigger frogs are in the middle i lillies and its way to deep to get to them looking for a diiferent stratedgy

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    I never thought about that! I grew up on a lake. I used to hunt them with a bb gun as a kid. Id experiment with a bow fishing rig and a much smaller set of 'blades' on the 'bow fishing broadhead'. I, for one, would like to know what you come up with! Man I'd sure like some fresh frog legs!!

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    Question -- If it's too deep to get to them....how are you gonna retrieve your frogs after you shoot them? Or is that what you are asking about, some kind of bowfishing like setup where you can reel them in?

    We gave this a try a few summers ago with just regular arrows and G5 Small Game Heads and it didn't work out so well for us. Unless you pinned the frog to the ground, it would just hop in the water and you'd never get it. We also found out G5 SGHs are not tough at all. One shot into a pond bank and they are done for....it sheers off the curved blades. The Muzzy small game judo like points do a great job but once again, unless you pin the frog to the ground, the arrow just zips through them and the frog gets away. We figured out the best way was still with a telescoping gig....cause to put yourself in position to pin the frog to the bank required you to try and sneak into certain angles to make it work....in which it was just as fast and effective with a good gig man. We never did it with recurves or anything...just our compounds. Maybe a slower speed compound would be better than one zipping 280+ fps.

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    in one of the season 1 episodes of Hallowed Ground Outdoors they did some frog hunting it was at the end of the show i think episode 4 or 5 and they were just pinning them to the bank i don't remember what they used on there arrows but it looked like fun to me.
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    For shooting at them in the water you'd want a small 'barbed' type of expandable I'd bet. And you would need a reel to retrieve them. A fishing reel with light weight line would be a good way. Too bad I don't live on that lake!

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    We're going this weekend with our bowfishing bows and our new cross bowfishing rig setup with a scope. I've heard of my friends do it but never have had the chance to go shoot frogs with my bow. Id rather not use a gig, thats not near the challenge!
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    Ok here is what i was kinda thinking about it might sound stupid but i was going to try in find a slow shooting bow something 30 to 40 max bow fishing reel mounting it on the bow, take a fishing arrow and at the end i was going to work on making some sort of a gig as a point that away you could retrieve the frogs but i didn't know if anyone has done this sort of thing.
    Might be some engineering in my near future!!!!!

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    my son was wanting to try this last year. I bought him a cheap bowfishing kit at bass pro and put it on a genesis we had laying around.
    The longer barbs on the regular bowfishing tip we cut down a little. He has a blast with it.

    *tip from our experience*
    your regular 70lb hunting bow can easily bury a $10 arrow in a soft pond bank.
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    Lol ill keep ya in mind

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    I did it last year with my long bow. Carbon arrows with rubber bludgeon points. No reel or line. Smack right through the head or body, I only lost one that I hit. One bludgeon through them and they went nowhere.

    I have a canoe that I put stabilizing pontoons on. I can stand in it with no rocking what so ever. A friend paddled me around while I shot.

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    Be a man... Use a wrist rocket slingshot. It's a lot of fun, inexpensive and pretty darn lethal.

    Blow guns are nice as well....
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    When I was a kid, I used to shoot frogs in a kiln pond at an old abandoned sawmill. The bullfrogs in that pond were the biggest I have ever seen. There were tadpoles in there with heads bigger than hen eggs! I used a recurve with field points. I kept the family supplied in frog legs all through highschool. I really enjoyed hunting the big bullfrogs and dinning on the legs. Just this morning, I saw some frog legs in a local grocery store. It made me remember shooting the frogs back in the day. I almost purchased some of the legs because I can't rememberer when I last had some. There was a sticker on the package that said, country of origin: China. I put them back and thought theres no way I'm going to eat any freaking frog legs from China!

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    We did it last year in the ponds at one of the ranges up here. We just used screw on rubber dubs and small game heads on or 3d arrows it was a blast. We were wearing our chest waders just running all over the ponds. We are starting to see a few show up again now that is is warming up. This time we are going to take a trout net. A few of them sank last year. I haven't had such a good time in a while!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHPoet View Post
    Be a man... Use a wrist rocket slingshot. It's a lot of fun, inexpensive and pretty darn lethal.

    Blow guns are nice as well....
    Be a man?? This IS an archery forum you know.

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    This is what i use for shootin frogs...works great once you get the hang of it

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    hey brthrsmchl what is that?

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    a slingshot i made up with a whisker biscuit and a coffee can. works great, not extremely accurate but works great for shootin frogs at close range haven't tried it with any fish yet but im sure it would work too

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    We have to use a legal bowfishing set up with line and a barbed head here. I don't change a thing and it works just fine.
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    They do make frog gig points (three barbed prongs) for bowfishing bows. I bought two of them last year to put on my fiberglass arrows.

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    I would just use a regular old bowfishin set up with a muzzy carp point. It will work great, plus you will then be able to shoot fish and you will soon be addicted!
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    Good practice for fish. It helps hone in skills for long shots.

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    i use a 35lb recurve and hand spooler,3 barb head.
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    if your out in the water and the frogs are on the banks or in the reeds you could probably just use a fieldpoint if you hit them right the arrow should impale them and they aint going nowhere.

    i'm gonna start hittin the bullfrogs and leopard frogs around here.
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