Alligator GOOD-DAY Guide

You're going alligator hunting!

It's going to be a GOOD-DAY 🐊

Booking with Ron’s Guide Service gives you access to our GOOD-DAY Guide, a collection of valuable resources to help you prepare for your experience, and Ron’s Help™ for any questions or concerns about your experience.

What is Ron’s Help™?

When you book with Ron’s Guide Service, you receive Ron’s Help™—dedicated client support from the RGS family—from preparing you for your adventure to making sure things run smooth the day of your experience, Ron is with you every step of the way! 

Ron’s ultimate goal is to provide quality assurance. 

We plan experiences for folks using our established relationships with properties and guides. 

We only work with properties and guides who meet our quality standards. 

If a problem arises, we step in to make things right.

If you have any issues, call us WHILE ON your experience so we can resolve the situation immediately.

If no one can take your call, ALWAYS leave a voicemail, and we will reply immediately!

Call us…

  • Call us if you have been waiting more than 10 minutes after your scheduled arrival time, and no one is at the experience location to greet you.
  • Call us if your guide is grumpy, rude, or behaving unprofessionally.
  • Call us if there is a misunderstanding regarding prices or services.

Do not wait…

  • Do not wait until after you get back home.
  • Do not wait until after you leave the experience location.
  • Do not wait until after you have KILLED something.

No excuses…

  • If you do not have a phone or have poor cell reception, ask your guide to call us.
  • If you feel uncomfortable calling us, you may text us during your experience.
  • Booking with Ron’s Guide Service means we’ve got your back, but you need to let us know if any problems arise so we can help.

Ron’s Help™ is only available before and during your experience—If you do not give us the opportunity to resolve any problems by calling and informing us before or during your experience, then we may not be able to deal positively with any complaint received after your visit.

Know before you go...

  • Hunters must be at least six years old.
  • Non-hunters must be at least three years old.
  • Guests under 16 must be accompanied by a person aged 18 years or older.
  • Helpful services and access options are available for guests with mobility disabilities.
  • Some experiences may not be appropriate for guests with health conditions.
  • A resident or non-resident alligator farming agent license is required and costs  $51.50.
  • Youth (ages 15 and younger) are exempt from having to have an alligator farming agent license.
  • Those possessing a Florida Resident Persons with Disabilities Hunting and Fishing License are exempt from the cost of an agent license but must still have one to assist in hunting alligators.
  • Licenses and permits are available:

  • Due to the nature of hunting, we can’t precisely know how long your experience will last.
  • Our alligator usually lasts 2 to 4 hours.
  • Your hunt is over once every hunter in your party has had the opportunity to hunt an alligator in the size-range they reserved.
  • Ron’s Help™
  • Professional guide
  • Vehicle or vessel
  • Gratuities
  • Firearms and ammunition (you may rent a firearm with ammunition for $40 per hunter.)
  • Skinning
  • Professional meat processing—for example, vacuum sealing, sausages, etc.
  • Taxidermy
  • Shipping
  • A large container with blankets or tarps to keep the alligator cool and bags of ice to cover the alligator (If transporting your alligator yourself.)
  • Drinking water
  • Bug repellant
  • Weapons (if you are not using any of ours.)
  • Ammunition (if using a firearm.)
  • Pants such as jeans.
  • Comfortable shirt
  • Closed-toe shoes with a back strap or boots.
  • Read your booking confirmation email carefully and follow any special directions provided.
  • All guests are required to sign a standard hunting waiver upon arrival.
  • Hunt occurs rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather.
  • Please leave rude behavior at home, if any of our staff feels you are disruptive or disrespectful, you will be asked to leave.
  • No alcohol of any kind is allowed to be consumed on or prior to your hunt, if you are unable to come sober, please don’t come.
  • You may sight in your weapon at the hunting meeting location.
  • We guarantee each hunter will have the opportunity to hunt an alligator in the size-range they reserve.
  • Our hunter rate includes the harvest of one alligator in the size-range reserved.
  • Our guarantee policy does not apply to poor shots—your guide will assist as needed but cannot pull the trigger for you—it’s called hunting, not killing, for a reason.
  • Our guarantee policy does not apply to wounded game—your guide will make every attempt to retrieve an animal that was shot at and wounded.
  • Our Guarantee policy does not apply to picky hunters who continue to pass on animals they have an opportunity of harvesting because it is not the specific size, sex, color, etc., they want.
  • We recommend arriving no more than 15 minutes early.
  • Usually, your experience will begin shortly after your arrival time, but things may come up due to the nature of outdoor experiences.
  • We ask that you remain patient, and we will start your experience as soon as possible.
  • Gratuities are not included in our pricing.
  • Tipping your guide for work well done is appreciated.
  • The standard gratuity is 20% of the price of the experience provided.
  • Your balance is paid at the experience location upon arrival.
  • You can find your balance due in your booking confirmation email.
  • If you booked multiple experiences, you would receive a confirmation email for each unique experience you booked.
  • Look over each confirmation email to ensure you have totaled your balance due.
  • You may pay your balance in cash or with a credit card.
  • There is a 3% surcharge if paying with a credit card.
  • Personal checks, cashier checks, or money orders are not accepted.

If you wish to change or cancel your booking, you must notify us by calling 863-866-7667 at least 24 hours before your experience.

Reservation deposits are non-refundable.

Canceling Your Experience

  • If you need to cancel your experience, You may reschedule within one year of the original reservation date.

Canceling Guests in Your Party

  • If one or more guests in your party cancel, you CANNOT apply the canceled guest’s reservation deposit towards the balance due for your experience.
  • You can find another guest to take their place, or you may reschedule the canceled experience within one year of the original reservation date.
  • We treat every guest in your party as an individual experience.
  • When you cancel a guest, you are canceling an experience, and our cancellation policy still applies, regardless of who paid the deposit—no exceptions.

Adding Guests to Your Party

  • If time and space allow, we are happy to accommodate additional guests.
  • Every guest in your party must be reserved prior to arrival.

Upgrading Your Experience

  • If you would like to “upgrade” your experience, for example, switching from a hog hunt to an alligator hunt or a non-hunter to a hunter, please call us.
  • Changes are made at our discretion and based on availability.

Downgrading Your Experience

  • We do not allow experience “downgrades.”
  • Switching from an alligator hunt to a hog hunt or a hunter to a non-hunter is considered a cancellation.
  • You will need to cancel your initial experience and book a new one.

For full details, please read our terms and conditions.



After your what?

Once you harvest your alligator, it is 100% yours, and up to you what you’d like to do with it.

The following information offers SUGGESTIONS on what to do with your alligator after your experience.

Ron’s Guide Service is not responsible for any choices you make AFTER your experience with us.

Ron’s Guide Service receives no compensation from any businesses listed.


Have the Alligator Skinned and the Hide Tanned

The rugged hide of the alligator is used to make some of the most elegant and expensive leather products in the world, which can cost over several thousand dollars for items like shoes, bags, and belts.

Get Your Alligator Meat Processed

Alligator is delicious, so many hunters will have their alligator meat professionally processed or do it themselves.

Have Your Alligator Taxidermied

Striking anatomical posing, as well as accurate expression, hold the key to a meaningful mount.

The possibilities are endless, from full-body mounts on a fireplace mantle to a small skull sitting on a desk.

View our list of taxidermists.

Sell Your Alligator

Alligator is a valuable resource for many hide dealers who will pay top dollar for your alligator.

View our list of hide dealers.





Wisdom from Grandma Dean...

We have an innate desire to control things.

When it comes to outdoor activities like hunting and fishing, we enter a world where the rules are entirely out of human control, so it’s important not to let expectations ruin your experience.

When we hold strong expectations—which are assumptions about the future that are based in fiction—our minds tend to think about anything other than what is right in front of us.

Instead of enjoying the feeling of the Florida sunshine hitting our skin or being together with family and friends, we’re thinking about how soon the guide will show up, how long the experience will last, how big of a hog or alligator we must have, etc.

As a result, we have less intense and less pleasurable experiences.

One of the most exciting aspects of the great outdoors—and the true definition of adventure—is uncertainty about what exactly will happen.

One thing you always have power over is your response.

You cannot control the reality of your trip, but you can control how you react.

Approach your experience with an attitude of adventure, flexibility, and openness—rather than rigid expectations—and you’ll be better suited to respond if things go not as you expected.

You can choose to be happy and take things in stride, or you can choose to be angry.

The unexpected (and, therefore, the absence of expectations) is where adventure lies!

Expect the unexpected and always be ready to choose the right reaction.

There’s an adventure to be had out of every experience!

Please remember...

Ron’s Guide Service ONLY handles your hunting experience which includes:

  • Scheduling your experience.
  • Preparing you for your experience.
  • Offering Ron’s Help™ before and during your experience.
  • Providing you with a professional guide.
  • Ensuring the experience we advertise is conducted accurately.

Ron’s Guide Service DOES NOT Provide:

  • Skinning
  • Meat Processing
  • Taxidermy
  • Shipping
  • Ron’s Help™ after you have left the experience location.

Thanks for choosing RGS!

We look forward to seeing you for a GOOD-DAY out in the wild!