Florida Alligator Hunt

Includes Guide, Weapons, Skinning, and One Alligator—Guaranteed!

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Family owned and operated Since 1985, Ron’s Guide Service is the top choice among hunters new and old when it comes to planning an exciting alligator hunt in Florida.

The Experience

What's Included?

Private Guide

Get hands-on attention from your guide on your private alligator hunt. Our hunts are perfect for first-time hunters who need one-on-one help from an experienced guide without judgement.

Q. Will there be anyone else on my hunt?

No! Your hunt is completely private. It will just be you, your guide, and anyone else you bring with you.

Q. I'm just one hunter, is that ok? Is it still a private experience?

Yes! Even if you are by yourself, it will still be a private hunt.

Q. Is there a limit on party size?

No! We specialize in large parties so bring your whole crew!

Q. Can I bring friends and family to watch?

Yes! Alligator hunting is even better when friends and family participate in the excitement of your experience as “non-hunters.” for only $30 per person, non-hunters get to ride on the swamp buggy, take photos, and be part of your adventure—they just don’t kill anything!

Q. What kind of experience does my guide have?

Alligator hunting can be very dangerous! Your guide has years of experience and knows how to keep you safe and ensure your success on this daring hunting adventure.

Q. Can my hunting guide take photos and videos of me?

Of course—just ask him! However, your guide’s primary responsibility is to keep you safe on your alligator hunt. If you want pictures or videos of you in action, you might want to ask someone else in your party to capture those intense moments so your guide can focus on your safety.

Loaner Weapons

Choose from a variety of weapons such as firearms, knives, and spears.

Q. Can I bring my weapon?

Yes! You’re welcome to bring your weapon. If it doesn’t work out, we have plenty here to use.

Q. What weapons do you have?

Check out our loaner weapons page.

Q. What weapon do you recommend for alligator hunting?

A rifle or bang stick are by far the preferred weapons for alligator hunting. .243 and 30-30 rifles are popular choices. For bangsticks we recommend a 357 magnum for smaller alligators and a 44 magnum for the larger ones.

Q. How much does it cost to borrow a weapon?

Loaner weapons are FREE to use. They are included with your hunt. Really!

Q. Is ammunition included?

No. You may purchase ammunition when you arrive.

Q. Do I need to reserve a weapon before I arrive?

No. Weapons are kept on-site. Choose when you arrive.

Q. Do you have enough weapons for everyone in my party?

For logical and safety reasons, not everyone will be shooting at the same time. You can share weapons with your party members.

Q. Can I sight in when I arrive?

Yes! You will be able to sight in weapons at the hunting grounds.

Q. What is the average shot distance?

If using a firearm, the average shot distance is typically 15 to 25 yards.

Q. Can I ship my weapon to you?

Yes. Visit out our transporting weapons page for details.

Vehicle or Vessel

Kick up mud in a pickup truck or glide along narrow canals on a boat. The type of vehicle or vessel we will use during your hunt is at the discretion of your guide, however, if there is a particular vehicle or vessel you would like to use we will try to accommodate your request.

Skinning

Receive basic skinning of your alligator from our friends at Florida Trophy Gators Inc.

Q. How long does it take to skin my alligator?

Alligators are cold blooded and require several hours of cooling time before skinning.

Q. When can I pickup my alligator?

Your head, hide, and meat are typically ready for pickup the following day after your hunt.

Q. Do I need to transport my alligator to Florida Trophy Gators Inc.?

No. Your guide will transport your alligator to Florida Trophy Gators Inc. after your hunt.

One Alligator—Guaranteed!

Our price includes the harvest of one alligator in the size-range you reserve.

Q. Are these alligators wild?

Yes—and naked too! Our alligators vary from native residents to derelict dog killers and baby eaters brought to us for being a nuisance.

Q. Is it one alligator per hunter?

Yes! Each hunter is guaranteed one alligator in the size-range they reserved.

Q. Why do you snag alligators before hunting them?

Many times a hunter will shoot at an alligator and believe they missed, however, most likely they wounded the alligator, and days later it will float up dead. Snagging not only ensures your success by preventing the alligator from swimming off, but it also is a humane way to hunt.

Q. How many alligators are in Florida?

Florida is home to over one million alligators, with the highest concentration in Central Florida—which is where you’ll be hunting!

Q. How big do alligators grow?

Growth rates may vary from 2″ up to 12″ per year, depending on the type of habitat in which the alligator is living and the sex, size, and age of the alligator. Growth rates slow down as alligators become older. Male alligators will grow faster and larger than females. Males can grow to approximately 13’+ in length and attain 500+ pounds. Females can grow to approximately 9′ in length and 200+ pounds.

Q. What is the Florida alligator size record?

The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County. 

Availability

Hunt alligators seven days a week, year-round!

Daytime Alligator Hunt

Navigate sunny trails beneath a canopy of swaying trees and discover a mecca of alligators in various sizes on this popular daytime experience.

  • Year-round, 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM
  • 2-4 Hours
  • Bow, Firearm, Knife, Spear
  • All Experience Levels

See it All

Marvel at the shiny scales and sharp teeth, and witness the powerful force of your alligator thrashing in the water. You’ll see it all in broad daylight!

Fast and Ferocious

Show up ready to hunt! We pre-scout our alligator hunting property prior to your arrival so you can show up, get hunting, and go on with the rest of your day.

Nighttime Alligator Hunt

Journey into the moonlit wilds of Central Florida, where alligators both big and small await your arrival amid the mystifying shadows of the dense brush.

  • Year-round, 8 PM
  • 4-8 Hours
  • Bow, Firearm, Knife, Spear
  • Experienced Hunters Only

In for a Scare

Immerse your senses and explore the sights and sounds—and scares—of the backwoods of Venus, Florida. Listen for the cold slither of a ruthless alligator cutting through the water and use a spotlight to look for the evil glow of its eyes.

A Challenging Expedition

Step up your game! Our nighttime alligator hunt is best for intermediate hunters looking to test their hunting skills. Alligators are especially vivacious at night—if you can’t measure up, you’ll be saying “later gator.”

Q. When is the best time to hunt alligator?

All of our hunting times have been proven successful. Morning hunts are recommended in the summer as it tends to get warmer later in the day. Afternoon hunts are recommended during the winter months when its colder in the morning.

Q. Daytime or Nighttime?

Daytime hunts are a lot more exciting! There is nothing like seeing a wild alligator thrashing in the Florida sun! Nighttime alligator hunting is for experienced hunters only. Hunting alligators at night can be fun, but you can’t see much in the dark.

Q. How long will my alligator hunt last?

You will have as many hours needed to complete your hunt. Your hunt is over once each hunter in your party has killed an alligator. How long your hunt will last depends on many different factors such as alligator size, weapons, hunting style, and how many hunters are in your party. On average you can complete your hunt within two to four hours. Some hunters combine wild boar hunting, fishing, or another of our exciting experiences with their alligator hunt.

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