Alligator Hunting

7 Days a Week, Year-round

Choose From Three Different Size-ranges!​

4 to 6 Foot

Great for Leather!
$ 800 Per Hunter

6 to 9 Foot

The Perfect Fit!
$ 1,500 Per Hunter

9 to 12 Foot

Trophy Worthy!
$ 2,500 Per Hunter

Instant Confirmation!

Alligator hunting with us is easy! We include all the basics…

Private Guide

Get hands-on attention from your guide on your private alligator hunt.  

Loaner Weapons

Loaner weapons are kept on-site. Choose when you arrive.

Vehicle or Vessel

Kick up mud in a pickup truck or glide along narrow canals on a boat.


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

One Alligator

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

Friends and family can watch for $30!

Alligator hunting in Florida is 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 hunt anything!

Alligators from Venus

Our alligator hunting is conducted in Venus, Florida, on a 70-acre private reservoir consisting of wetlands, small lakes, ponds, canals, and marsh which are prime alligator habitat. The alligators you will hunt vary from native residents to derelict dog killers and baby eaters brought to us for being a nuisance. Our experienced guides pre-scout and monitor the property daily to stay knowledgeable on the best spots.

Centrally Located

Venus is only a short drive from popular Florida destinations such as Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, and the Walt Disney World Resort.

Property Address

1012 New Boot Heel Road
Venus, Florida 33960

What’s Nearby:
Fort Myers: 60 mi
Naples: 100 mi
Sarasota: 100 mi
Tampa: 125 mi
West Palm Beach: 110 mi

Why Hunt with Us

Ron’s Guide Service is the top choice for residents and non-residents when it comes to planning an exciting fully guided alligator hunt.

Guaranteed Success

You will see alligators! With our skilled guides, and private property teeming with alligators we have a 99% success rate and guarantee you will see and have the opportunity to hunt alligators.

Quality Assurance

Feel safe! We work only with properties and guides that are friendly, reputable, and meet our quality standards. We pre-vet them all to make sure you always have an exceptional experience.

No Hidden Fees

Our transparent pricing lets you know what’s included in your experience—and what isn’t. When it comes to the outdoors there are enough surprises creeping up on you—hidden fees shouldn’t be one of them!

Daytime & Nighttime Frights

Choose a sunny daytime alligator hunt or a spooky nighttime alligator hunt—for one low price!

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.

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.

Endless Weapon Choices

Rifles, and bows, and spears, OH MY! All perfect for alligator hunting!


An alligator’s skin is like bullet-proof armor, so a powerful firearm is essential. Rifles, handguns, and bangsticks all pack a deadly punch. Most shots are in the 5 to 15-yard range.


Drawback your inhibitions on a challenging alligator bow hunt! Fiberglass muzzy fish tip arrows, a bow fitted with an AMS bow fishing rig kit, and a thirst for adventure are all you need!


Amp up your courage and awaken your quick reflexes on this up close and personal combat with an alligator. There is a small area known as the famous “quarter-sized kill spot” on the back of the alligator’s head—can you find it?


Connect with your tribal roots and hunt as your ancestors once did on our fully guided alligator spear hunt. Ron’s Guide Service is one of the few outfitters to offer this unique hunting style. Don’t have a spear?—borrow ours for free!

How to Hunt an Alligator

All Aboard for Adventure

Traverse the banks in a pickup truck, or glide through the canals in a boat as you and your guide search for alligator. We will try to honor your requests, but it is at the guides discretion what vehicle or vessel you will be using during your experience.

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Snag Something Wild!

Snagging is a crucial step when hunting alligator. 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.

For our alligator hunts, we use a heavy-duty rod similar to a fishing pole with a strong line and treble hook attached to it. 

Look for Bubbles

Keep your eyes on the water for a trail of bubbles—this indicates alligator activity. Once the alligator submerges, cast your line past the alligator and reel it in slowly. As the line gets closer to the alligator, pull the pole forcefully to snag it and follow with a burst of reeling. It may take you a couple of tries to snag an alligator!

Let The Fight Begin!

Once you snag the alligator—it will begin to fight—sometimes thrashing violently under the water. Your goal is to get the alligator as close to the boat or land as possible. Eventually, the alligator gets tired and surfaces. Once the alligator surfaces you attack with your weapon—and without hesitation.

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Expect the smallest size alligator in your size-range, and you will not be disappointed if you get something bigger! For example, choose the 6-9 foot size range if you will be happy with a 6-foot alligator.

It’s hard to judge how big it is when you only see the head.

We can’t guarantee an exact size alligator as so little of the animal is showing above water. Your guide will look at the distance from the eyes to the tip of the snout to estimate length. Typically, the longer that distance is, the bigger the alligator will be.

Sorry size queens…

If you have your heart set on an exact size alligator then, unfortunately, we are not the right guide service for you. Look for outfitters that price alligators by an exact size instead of a size range.

No Tags Needed

Did you know If you consider participating in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s lottery system for public land hunts, the cost of the tag—if you are selected—is over $1,000.00—not including boat rentals or guides! Public land hunts are seasonal and come with a lot of restrictions. The only weapon allowed is a bang stick, and you’re competing with 3,999 other alligator tag holders! Come hunt with us using any weapon, on private property, year-round, and save yourself time and money!

Instant License

A small $52.00 alligator farming agent license is all it takes to hunt with us—no matter where in the world you’re from! Visit our licenses page for more details.

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. 

Know Before You Go

We’re looking forward to your visit at Ron’s Guide Service. Please read through this important and helpful information about your experience, including arrival times, what to bring, and more.


  • Every hunter must have an Alligator Farming Agent License. Visit our licenses page for more details.
  • Hunters must be at least six years old.
  • Non-hunters must be at least three years old.
  • Guests under age 16 years must be accompanied by a person age 18 years or older.
  • Helpful services and access options are available for guests with mobility disabilities.
  • Guests should be in good health. Some experiences may not be appropriate for guests with health conditions.

Booking Your Experience

  • Every guest must be reserved prior to arrival.
  • Use our easy online booking system or call us at 863-866-7667 to submit your reservation deposit.
  • We accept all major credit cards for reservation deposits.
  • Reservations are not confirmed until a reservation deposit has been paid.
  • If time allows, We are happy to accept last minute reservations. Please call us for reservations less than 24 hours in advance.
  • You will receive a booking confirmation email with important details about your experience once your reservation deposit is made.

Choosing a Date

  • We offer daytime and nighttime alligator hunting seven days a week, year-round.
  • Many of our experiences sell out during winter holidays and spring break.

Arrival Times

  • Daytime Alligator Hunt: 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM, 5 PM
  • Nighttime Alligator Hunt: 9 PM – Only available for 4-6 foot or 6-9 foot ranges.

Experience Length

  • Due to the nature of hunting we can’t precisely know how long your experience will last.
  • Our alligator hunts typically last 2 to 4 hours.
  • Your hunt is over once every hunter in your party has had the opportunity to hunt an alligator.

What's Included

  • Private guide.
  • Skinning.
  • Loaner weapons.
  • Vehicle or vessel.

What's NOT Included

  • Alligator Farming Agent License. Visit our licenses page for more details.
  • Gratuities. If you would like to tip your guide most tips range from 10-20% of the price of the service provided.
  • Ammunition. Ammunition is available for loan or purchase at the hunting meeting location.
  • Professional meat processing.
  • Shipping services.
  • Taxidermy.

What to Bring

  • Alligator Farming Agent License.
  • Your balance due in cash.
  • A 40 qt cooler or larger.
  • Ice (two standard size bags).
  • Drinking water.
  • Bug repellant.
  • Weapons (If you are not borrowing any of ours).
  • Ammunition.

What to Wear

  • Pants such as jeans.
  • Comfortable shirt.
  • Closed-toe shoes with a back strap or boots.
  • Camouflage is welcome, but not necessary.

The Day of Your Experience

  • Each hunting location is different so it is important to follow any special directions provided in your booking confirmation email.
  • All guests are required to sign a standard hunting waiver upon arrival.
  • Hunt occurs rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather or lightning.
  • Please leave rude behavior at home. If any of our staff feels you are being 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.

Sighting In

  • Hunters will be able to sight in weapons at the hunting meeting location.

After Your Experience

  • Your guide will transport your alligator to Trophy Gators inc. shortly after your hunt.
  • Florida Trophy Gators inc. will perform basic skinning of your alligator.
  • Alligators are cold blooded and require several hours of cooling time before skinning. Your head, hide, and meat are typically ready for pickup the following day.
  • If you’re in a hurry, Florida Trophy Gators inc. has a variety of trade in programs for alligator meat and hides. Contact them directly for details.
  • Florida Trophy Gators inc. provides free taxidermy preparation for hunters using their taxidermy service. If you use a taxidermist other than Florida Trophy Gators inc. they still provide taxidermy preparation for an additional cost.
  • Ice is only available at our Lakeport and Lorida locations.
  • We recommend a 40-60 qt cooler when it comes to transporting your meat and at least two bags of ice.
  • Never put meat in plastic bags or leave it in a hot car.
  • If you would like your alligator meat packaged pretty like what you would find in a grocery store visit our butchers page for an extensive list of butchers who offer professional alligator meat processing.
  • Meat not taken will be donated to local food programs.

Guarantee Policy

  • We guarantee each hunter will see and have the opportunity to hunt an alligator in the size range they reserved.
  • Our per hunter rate includes the harvest of one alligator.
  • Our Guarantee policy does not apply to poor shots. Your guide will make every attempt to retrieve an animal that was shot at and wounded.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you wish to change or cancel your booking, you must notify us by calling 863-866-7667 at least 24 hours prior to your experience.
  • Reservation deposits are non-refundable. If you need to cancel your experience your reservation deposit will be treated as a credit on your account and will expire one year from the cancellation date. Please read our terms and conditions for more details.
  • Credit can only be applied to reservation deposits and not a balance due.
  • If one or more, but not all, of the members of your booking group cancel, no allowance or refund will be made for any part of your booking not used or taken. The reservation deposit from the canceled member of your booking group cannot be used as credit towards the balance due. The spot can be filled by another person or remain as credit on the lead name’s account and expires one year from the date issued.
A monstrous 10 foot Florida alligator with a hunter and his whole family, posed in front of a canal.
Girl posing with a rifle and grapple hook with her 7 foot Florida alligator trophy after a successful hunt.
Two hunters posing in front of the boat after a successful Florida alligator hunt with a bangstick.
Man sits on his large nine foot trophy Florida alligator after a successful firearm hunt.
Huge Florida alligator being snagged with a grapple hook attached to a fishing line on a hunt.
Huntress posing in front of the airboat with an 8 foot Florida alligator after a successful hunt during rainy season.
A Florida Alligator snagged on a grapple hook during a hunt.
Hunter poses in front of an airboat with his Florida alligator after a night hunt using a bangstick.
Man posing by the canal with his monstrous trophy 11 foot alligator after a hunt.
Hunter posing with his Florida alligator after a successful knife hunt.
Large group of nine alligator hunters celebrating a bachelor party standing behind their nine gators.
Young huntress posing with her gator trophy and crossbow.

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