Michigan Senate votes to lift restrictions on frog hunting - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Senate votes to lift restrictions on frog hunting

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Source: Jim Harding via MDNR Source: Jim Harding via MDNR
LANSING, MI (AP) -

Legislation advancing in Michigan would let hunters kill frogs all year round and lift a ban against spearing frogs by using an artificial light.

The Senate passed the bill 29-8 Thursday and sent it to the House for consideration. Michigan now prohibits killing any species of frog between mid-November and late spring.

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It also bars frog-spearing -- or "gigging" -- which is popular among young people in southern states, according to a legislative analysis.

The bill's opponents say frog-spearing is inhumane and frogs need protection to breed.

Supporters, however, say the legislation would promote outdoor recreation and it makes no sense to prohibit frog-spearing with a flashlight because hunters already can use artificial light to net or hook frogs.

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