Florida Alligator Hunting
Keep your eyes open and your weapon close as you come face to scales with a cold blooded, dangerous killer gator during a fully guided Florida alligator hunt.
4 to 6 FootYear-round
Private & Fully Guided
Swamp Buggy or Boat
6 to 9 FootYear-round
Private & Fully Guided
Swamp Buggy or Boat
9 to 12 FootYear-round
Private & Fully Guided
Swamp Buggy or Boat
Monday - Saturday
9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM
3:00 PM, 5:00 PM
1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM
4 to 6 foot alligator
$800 per hunter (Ages 6+)
6 to 9 foot alligator
$1,500 per hunter (Ages 6+)
9 to 12 foot alligator
$2,500 per hunter (Ages 6+)
$20 per non-hunter (Ages 3+)
$20 per non-hunter (Ages 3+)
While Florida alligator hunting with Ron's Guide Service, you'll journey into the marshes, canals, and wetlands on our sprawling property. Embark on a quest with your private guide to hunt the deadliest reptile in Florida—the alligator.
Traverse the banks in a swamp buggy, or glide through the canals in a boat as you and your guide search for alligator. Hunting in the canals and wetlands is easier than trying to spot a Florida gator on a public hunt in the Florida Everglades or on Lake Okeechobee during regular alligator hunting season.
Snag It First
Cast your line in anticipation in hopes of snagging an alligator. We use a heavy-duty rod similar to a fishing pole with a strong line and treble hook attached to it for alligator hunting. 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. If you're lucky you may be able to snag an alligator with just one cast—but it usually takes many more attempts!
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.
After Your Hunt
Alligators are cold blooded and require hours of cooling time before skinning. Your guide will transport your alligator to a local skinning facility where it will cool. Meat is typically ready to be picked up the following day. In a hurry?—Ask about ready-to-go processed alligator meat.
Come Hunt with RGS
Your Personal Trek
Bring friends or come alone on a private alligator hunt.
Whether it's a solo mission or a family affair—we offer a completely private experience. Get hands-on attention from your experienced guide as he assists you in every aspect of your alligator hunt. We do not require a minimum or a maximum number of participants so bring yourself or your entire crew—squad goals y'all.
The perfect size
Choose from our 3 different alligator size ranges.
Each alligator size range serves different purposes. Focus on the minimum size length in each range if you want to make sure you are happy with your kill—for instance, aim for the 6-9 foot size range if you know you will be happy with at least a 6 foot alligator. We can't guarantee you a certain size alligator—but we do guarantee we will get you one in the size range you reserve. 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 individually by size instead of a size range.
It's a Size-range!
We would love to be able to get all of our hunters an alligator at the top of their size range, however, it is almost impossible because so little of the animal is showing in water. Your guide will look at the distance from the eyes to the tip of the snout to estimate the length. Typically, the longer that distance is, the bigger the gator will be. You will not be held responsible in the event your guide has you hunt an alligator that is out of your size range.
no tags needed
Don't worry about winning the FWC's tag lottery!
Join us anytime! Our properties host gator year-round.
Our hunts are conducted on private ranches and leased lands. These properties consist of wetlands, small lakes, ponds, canals, and marsh which are prime alligator habitat. Our experienced guides pre-scout and monitor all of these hunting properties daily to stay knowledgeable on the best spots.
Best Time To Come
Embark on a thrill ride, year-round—day or night.
We offer alligator hunting during the day and night. All of our starting times have been proven successful and you have as long as needed to hunt.
Make A Day of It
Alligators love the sun which is good news for Florida hunters since the sun always shines! During winter months the mornings are cooler so we recommend you start your hunt in the late afternoon when the sun is stronger.
Take A Shot In the Dark
Brave the wrath of Florida mosquitoes on a challenging alligator night hunt. Look for the evil glow of the alligators’ eyes on the water. Much like Cousin Lisa, alligators are very active at night. For your safety—we only allow bangsticks on our nighttime alligator hunts. Only the strong of heart with no visual impairments should hunt during our nighttime alligator hunts. Smaller sized alligators are hard to spot at night since they hide easily in the dark water—so go big with an alligator in the 9-12 foot size range!
Quickly get your alligator and have time for later.
With the help of your experienced guide you should have no problem finding an alligator quickly. Our alligator hunts typically last 2-3 hours. How long your hunt will take depends on many different factors such as alligator size, hunting style, and how many hunters are in your party.
Read about alligator history, average size, and taste.
Early Spanish settlers came to Florida in the late 1400s and named the 66 million year old vicious reptiles they encountered “el lagarto,” meaning “lizard." You can only encounter the carniverous American alligator in the southeastern United States, mostly in Florida and coastal portions of Louisiana. Approximately 1.5 million alligators live in Florida, many of them in close proximity to people. Baby alligators eat a variety of insects, small fish, frogs, and snails. Adult alligators will eat almost anything including fish, turtles, mammals, birds, reptiles, carrion, other alligators and—HUMANS! A large gator living in a pond in west Florida had a stomach full of dog collars when it was finally killed. Trappers had been led to the dog killing gator by a radio collar on a missing hunting dog. The alligator had eaten the dog—radio collar and all.
A large adult alligator can weigh as much as 1000 pounds and can live for decades. The longest alligator on record was killed deep in a Louisiana swamp by E. A. McLlhenny in the early 1900’s. The beast was too big to get out of the swamp so he estimated the animal’s length using his rifle. The alligator measured about 584 cm (19.1 ft). The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the state’s record for length is a 14 foot, 3 ½ inch male alligator caught in Brevard County’s Lake Washington. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male alligator from Orange Lake in Alachua County.
As cliché as it sounds, alligator tastes a lot like chicken, with more of an earthy flavor. It is white meat with a tougher texture similar to calamari. Overall, alligator meat is mild in flavor, very low in fat, no cholesterol, and has more protein than beef
Choose Your Style
Grab your favorite gun—or borrow ours—a traditional approach.
An alligator’s skin is like bullet-proof armor. A fatal bullet must enter behind the head, so you will need to aim roughly in the same direction that the alligator’s nose is pointing and shoot at an angle from behind and above the alligator with a rifle. Rifles in calibers 243, 270, 30-06 are a great choice and handguns in calibers 357, .44 and .45 are best. To use a bangstick, the hunter should first allow the alligator’s head to go below the water’s surface. The hunter should then discharge the bangstick just behind the base of the skull/neck junction. Hunters should note that the improper placement and discharge of the handgun or bangstick can occasionally only knock the alligator temporarily unconscious. Remember to only discharge a bangstick underwater. The average shot distance is 15-30 yards. For bangsticks, we can get much closer.
You can sight in your weapon when you arrive at the hunting area.
For most of our rifles—100-grain soft point cartridges are sufficient.
Though all of our hunting locations have ammunition available for loan or purchase—we still recommend bringing your own ammunition. You can purchase ammunition anywhere in the state of Florida without a license.
Visit our loaner weapons & ammunition page for more information.
Draw back your bow and your inhibitions on a bow hunt.
Most alligator hunters have a difficult time hitting a fixed quarter sized target on a piece of cardboard—let alone one on the back of an alligator that thrashes violently left and right. Bow hunting requires more self-control and accuracy than any other hunting style. We recommend packing at least two fiberglass muzzy fish tip arrows with a 60 lb draw weight bow. Your bow should be fitted with an AMS bow fishing rig kit. Do not use broadhead arrows.
Spear & Knife Hunt
Challenge yourself as you hunt for alligator using a spear or knife.
Use your quick reflexes and fearless instincts during 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. Once the alligator is brought close enough to the boat or land, you must drive a stout knife or spear between the skull and backbone—severing the spinal cord. The other option is to cut the alligators throat. Alligator skin is very thick and can sometimes resist even a sharp blade. For your safety—your guide will typically hold the alligator’s mouth closed when using a knife or spear.
After Your Hunt
The most exciting part of your hunt—other than the hunt itself—is taking home your meat and trophy.
Picture your living room with a taxidermy gator trophy skull hanging over the fireplace mantle, a set of matching alligator skin boots resting on your motorcycle pedals, or 10 lbs worth of alligator meat you can turn into lean gator chili. These are all possibilities if you plan your post-hunt properly.
]Our friends over at Florida Trophy Gators inc., a local alligator skinning, processing, and taxidermy business in the town of Okeechobee provide free skinning for all RGS alligator hunting clients. Your guide transports your alligator to the skinning facility at Florida Trophy Gators inc. after your hunt. First the gator cools, and after enough time passes it can be skinned. Allow enough time for the hide to cool if you are looking to tan the hide or do taxidermy.
Alligator Meat Processing
You your alligator meat unprocessed. Florida Trophy Gators inc. provides alligator meat processing for an additional cost. This entails clearing the meat of fat and sinew, running it through a tenderizer, and vacuum sealing it. If you stay in the vicinity of Okeechobee, you may pick up your alligator head, hide, and meat when it’s ready or Florida Trophy Gators inc. can ship it to you. Shipping costs apply.
If you're in a hurry, Florida Trophy Gators inc. can immediately provide you with quality vacuum sealed processed alligator meat in exchange for your alligator (head, hide, and meat).
Alligator Taxidermy Preparation
Taxidermy preparation entails cleaning out the head of the alligator and pressure cleaning the hide to make it “taxidermy ready.” Trophy Gators Inc will do this for you for free if you use their taxidermy services. If you use a taxidermist other than Florida Trophy Gators, inc. they still provide taxidermy preparation for an additional cost.
Plan Your Trip
Know Before You Go with Cousin marie
View important information including recommended attire, experience details, and cancellation policies.
- Recommended attire includes shorts or pants and a comfortable shirt. Closed-toe shoes with a back strap or boots are required. No flip-flops will be allowed. Skirts or dresses are not recommended.
- Gratuities, coolers, ice, professional meat processing, taxidermy, and shipping are not included.
- Hunt occurs rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather or lightning.
- Hunt itinerary, content, duration, and availability are subject to change without notice.
- A portion of your experience cost will be refunded if your guide is unable to provide you with an opportunity to hunt an alligator.
- Guarantee policy does not apply to poor shots. We will make every attempt to retrieve an animal that was shot at and wounded.
- 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 confirmation date.
- You will forfeit the entire reservation deposit of your hunt if you no-show or cancel the same day of your reservation.
- 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 will not hunt and you will forfeit your reservation deposit.
- Please leave rude behavior at home. If any of our staff feels you are being disruptive or disrespectful you will be asked to leave.
- Read the terms and conditions for all Ron's Guide Service experiences.