A group of frog hunters gathers for a post-hunt photo on the farm of Kyle and Courtney Smith. Each year, the Smiths, who live north Church Point, host a party on the opening eve of a new frogging season as well as a hunt when the season opens at midnight on June 1. (Photo by Claudette Olivier/Church Point News)
Waiting on the midnight hour is most often reserved for New Year’s Eve, but in south Louisiana, there’s another night of the year that the arrival of midnight has got nothing to do with Auld Lange Syne, sparklers and fringed blowout noisemakers.
It’s the opening night of a new frogging season, and the night’s festive accessories are rubber boots, head lamps, flashlights and crawfish bags.