Florida Wild Boar Hunt
Wild Boar Hunt
A short but action packed adventure!
8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm
Choose Your Style
Swamp Buggy with Dogs
Swamp Buggy Spot and Stalk
No Trophy Fees
No Fixed Size Weight Range
Money Back Guarantee
Wild Boar Hunt
A full experience with lodging and meals!
12 pm, 4 pm
Choose Your Style
Spot and Stalk
Swamp Buggy Day Hunt with Dogs
Swamp Buggy Night Hunt with Dogs
Infrared Night Hunt
Use Any Weapon
Shotgun – Rifle – Spear – Knife – Bow – Sword
Crossbow – Handgun – Hatchet – Muzzleloader
Retrieval, Skinning, and Quartering
per Classic non-hunter
per Deluxe non-hunter
The fine print… gratuities, coolers, ice, professional meat processing services, taxidermy, and shipping are not included. Loaner weapons vary by location. Our money back guarantee only applies if our guides are unable to provide a hunter with an opportunity to hunt a hog. Use of dogs on buggy hunts is at the discretion of our guides.
How do we compare to other outfitters?
We offer the most affordable wild boar hunt!
No “call for prices” mambo-jumbo. We list all of our rates on our website. We also break down exactly what is included in our experiences. When it comes to the outdoors there are enough surprises creeping up on you… hidden fees shouldn’t be one of them!
Boar are male hogs, sows are female hogs, but they are all wild to us!
Wild hogs, or as we call them “wild boar” are running rampant, destroying farms, killing livestock, and causing billions of dollars in property damage. They can grow to be mean monsters with incredibly strong jaws and six inch razor sharp tusks that can gore a human to death. Our fully guided and private wild boar hunt is perfect for hunters of all ages and skill levels. Whether you are hunting with dogs, using a spear, or kicking up mud on our swamp buggy, our goal is to make your wild boar hunting experience memorable and affordable. We offer a low all inclusive rate with no hidden fees so you know exactly how much your hunt will cost. There is so much to learn about wild boar hunting, especially for first time hunters which is why we recommend you read this entire page for the most detailed information on our wild boar hunt.
Your Very Own Private Adventure
Whether you are hunting solo or with a group of twenty, Ron’s Guide Service offers a private hunt with your very own personal guide! Our guides are trained to be friendly and demonstrate patience, especially towards new hunters who need extra help. There is no required minimum or maximum number of participants when it comes to hunting with us so bring the whole family!
The Best Properties
Your hunt is conducted on various private properties ranging from 500 acres to 1,100. The terrain you will hunt on varies from sugar cane fields and palmetto thickets, to cattle ranches with active farms. If we were to attempt to cover 500 acres or more of land it would take at least an entire day which is why areas are pre-scouted and sectioned off by our guides prior to your arrival. For Ron’s classic wild boar hunt, the property that best indicates a good concentration of wild boar is selected for your hunt which is why we typically assign your hunting location a week out before your trip.
Fun For All Ages
Ron’s Guide Service is kid friendly! We allow youngsters who are at least six years old to hunt. A hunter’s safety class is not required but highly recommended. Children as young as three enjoy riding on our swamp buggy as non-hunters.
Busiest Wild Boar Hunting Months
Recommended Hunting Time
We offer wild boar hunting seven days a week, year-round. The chances of you not getting the opportunity to hunt a wild boar are very small when you combine the experience of our guides with Florida’s high population of wild boar! All of our fully guided wild boar hunting times have been proven successful. Earlier time slots are recommended in the summer as it tends to get warmer later in the day. Some folks may say dawn or dusk is best, but that advice only applies to certain styles of hunting such as tree stand hunts — which is only available with Ron’s deluxe wild boar hunt.
Anytime of year is great for hunting Florida wild boar but if you plan to come see us in the Spring it is best to book early! February, March, and April tend to be our busiest months due to the Spring break rush so we advise booking your experience as soon as possible to ensure desired availability. We also sell out during most major holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
You will have as many hours needed to successfully complete your hunt. Our hunting time slots are not based on how long you have to hunt. For example, just because your hunt time is 9:00 AM does not mean your hunt will end at 11:00 AM. We have time slots to prevent too many hunters arriving all at once and to assure everyone gets individual attention.
Your hunt is over once each hunter in your party has hunted a hog. How long your hunt will take depends on many different factors such as your skill level, weapons being used, hunting style, and how many hunters are in your party. Typically on our fully guided hunts you will kill the first hog bayed up by the dogs or spot and stalked. We try to allow some discretion when it comes to choosing which hog to hunt, however we cannot keep passing up hogs because a hunter wants a boar with tusks, specific size, color, or sex. Please no picky hunters!
Ron’s Deluxe Wild Boar Hunt Lodging and Meals
We have teamed up with our friends at Okeechobee Outfitters to offer lodging and meals exclusively with Ron’s deluxe wild boar hunt. The beautiful lodge has all the comforts of home. Delicious home-cooked meals along with snacks and beverages are included. All you need to bring are personal items and your thirst for adventure!
There’s more than one way…to hunt a boar!
For our shot guns we recommend 12 gauge deer slug shells 2 3/4 inch smoothbore or rifled barrel. A five shell 2 3/4 inch box will be enough for each hunter. For most of our rifles 100 grain soft point cartridges are sufficient. Visit our loaner weapons and ammunition page for more recommendations.
Most of our hunting locations have ammunition available for loan or purchase. We still recommend bringing your own ammunition if possible. Ammunition can be purchased anywhere in the state of Florida without a license.
Wild Boar Hunting with Firearms
Traditional firearms such as rifles and shotguns are the most popular choice when it comes to wild boar hunting. Popular choices include 12 gauge shotguns and .243, .30-06, .44 rifles. For a list of firearms we like to hunt with visit our loaner weapons and ammunition page.
Though we do not recommenced it — For hunters wanting to use handguns, a .41 mag/10 mm is the minimum effective caliber. As in all shooting situations, shot placement is critical. Many hunters use multiple weapons just like in video games! Shot distance varies depending on weapon and hunting style. Most shots are 50 to 75 yards.
You will be able to sight in your weapon when you arrive at the hunting area.
Wild Boar Bow Hunting
Unlike most outfitters, we never charge extra fees for bow hunting. Bow hunters from across the country hunt with Ron’s Guide Service because we are one of the few guide services who are not intimidated by this thrilling hunting style. Some outfitters even charge a retrieval fee when you use a bow! The use of bow and arrow is the safest and most effective form of hunting. Among all other weapons, a bow and arrow requires a great amount of self-discipline and concentration. Some hunters aim from the ground, while others choose to use the height of the swamp buggy as an advantage. Bows recommended for wild boar hunting are long bows, compound bows, recurve bows, and crossbows with a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds.
Wild Boar Spear and Knife Hunting
Feel your heart race and adrenaline rush as you get up close and personal with a wild boar on our fully guided spear and knife hunt. Hunting with a knife or a spear as our ancestors once did is a very challenging and exciting method and Ron’s Guide Service is one of the few outfitters to offer this unique hunting style. Don’t have a spear or knife? You can borrow ours for free!
Always Free Loaner Weapons
We know how difficult it can be traveling with your weapons! Ron’s Guide Service can provide you with a variety of weapons you can borrow free of charge. You are welcome to bring your favorite weapon or we can provide you with one free of charge. You can decide which weapon you would like to use when you arrive. Weapon availability varies by hunting location.
Two Exciting Hunting Styles to Choose From…
One Huge Buggy for Both!
Swamp Buggies For All
Swamp buggies allow us to get around on the terrain easily and are used on all of our fully guided hunts. Our swamp buggy is loved by kids of all ages and is especially helpful for our clients who have trouble walking. We have multiple buggies, each buggy accommodates eight passengers.
Swamp Buggy With Dogs
Wild boar hunting with dogs that chase, battle, and bay up a boar is the most exciting hunting adventure you will ever experience in your lifetime. The mere fact of being in close contact with a fierce animal that is charging and attacking the dogs, guides, and even you is something that can’t be described. Wild boar hunting with dogs is our most common method, it also is the most successful way of making a kill. Any weapon can be used when hunting with dogs.
We primarily cruise around the terrain on swamp buggies. During these drives the dogs will usually run ahead to sniff out boar. The sound of yelping dogs and the squeals of the boar indicate the need for you to move towards the sound of battle. Once the dogs have the boar at bay you can carefully take aim.
Once a dog has a hog we cannot pull the dog off of it in most circumstances. If you want to be more selective when wild boar hunting, our swamp buggy spot and stalk style of hunting is a better option as we do not use dogs. We will try our best to honor your request when it comes to using dogs. Hunting location, hunting style, hunting time, and boar activity permitting.
Swamp Buggy Spot and Stalk
Bored of traditional spot and stalk tree stand and blind hunts? Our spot and stalk style hunting with a swamp buggy is full of action and excitement! We cruise around on our swamp buggy looking for wild boar. Sometimes hunters shoot from the buggy, other times they hop off and head into the brush. It is all about adapting to the situation. Wild boar have a great sense of smell and hearing, but poor eye sight so patience and a quick hand is needed when it comes to sneaking up on one. This style of hunting is without dogs.
Dogs Trained For Success
Our trained Florida cur dogs are a combination of hound and bulldog. They have an incredible sense of smell and can bay up a hog rather quickly.
Understanding Fair Chase, High Fence, and Trophy Hunts
Fair Chase Hunts
Occasionally we get asked if we conduct fair chase hunts. This is a very broad question and very debatable on what that is according to hunter.
According to Boone and Crockett, which is the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America, fair chasehunting is the ethical, sportsman-like, lawful pursuit, and taking of any free-ranging, wild, native North American big game animal that does not give the hunter an unfair advantage. In simpler terms, it means hunting without taking advantage of the animals and allowing them a fair chance to escape in defense.
Here are some of the basic rules of ethics that fair chase hunters live by:
- When hunting, obey all laws and regulations.
- When away from home, respect the land and customs of the locals.
- Adapt and follow a specific personal code that will bring out favorable abilities and sensibilities as a hunter.
- Never draw out the death of prey. Try to attain the best shot to make the kill as quick and precise as possible.
- Keep the personal code in mind and let it dictate behavior. It is the responsibility of the hunter not to dishonor the hunter, the hunted or the environment.
The ethical approach also states that a hunter may not take an animal if:
- The hunter herded or spotted the animal from air and then quickly landed to pursue.
- It was herded or chased by a motorized vehicle.
- Electronic communication devices are being used.
- It is confined by artificial barriers or transplanted for commercial shooting.
- It is trapped or drugged.
- It’s swimming, trapped in snow or helpless in any nature.
- The hunter is using another hunter’s license.
- Laws or regulations are being broken.
Wild boar are not native to Florida and we use a variety of motorized vehicles on a majority of our hunts. According to list you would need to travel to Europe and hunt wild boar on foot in order for your hunt to be considered fair chase.
High Fence Hunts
Another question we get asked a lot is if we have high fences on our property. Wild pigs do a great deal of damage to net wire fences which are generally used to confine deer and goats. Wild boar tear them up or lift them up off the ground to gain access and therefore leave “holes” that deer and goats can pass through. Remember boar burrow. If they could be contained easily there would not be so much property damage. Wild boar can also jump over fences less than 3 feet high. Chain link fences or heavy-gauge hog wire buried at least 12 inches under the ground with heavy supports and posts, and various types of mesh or multi-stranded electric fencing provide the best results. We do not have any fencing on our property that trap boar. Your hunt is conducted on private land that typically has active cattle or farms so you may see wire fencing or gates that act as land markers from neighboring properties or to keep deer out. These fences or gates are not capable of containing wild boar. No matter where you go in Florida or the United States there will always be some sort of fencing in place when it comes to open land, especially active farms to regulate fence and property law. Land owners may be civilly or criminally liable for cattle that stray onto public roads so please be realistic when it comes to your idea of what “wild” is.
Many outfitters separate boar into two price groups. “meat hogs” and “trophy boar”. Please do not ask us “how much do you charge for a trophy boar” as we do not believe in trophy fees and do not offer hunts for a specific type of hog. A hunter can spend hundreds of dollars for a guaranteed “trophy boar” which usually consists of placing an already captured boar into a field. Many of our hunters get boar with tusks regularly and are never charged additional fees. If you do some research you will see there are many different opinions on what classifies a “trophy boar”. Most people say a qualified “trophy boar” has tusks that measure from two to four inches beyond the lower lip line. Currently there is no official way to rank “trophy boar”.
Size Doesn’t Matter to Us…
But It Might to You!
No Trophy Fees, No Fixed Sized Weight Range
Our wild boar hunting rate includes one wild hog of either sex. Ron’s Guide Service makes no guarantee when it comes to size of hog, gender, or if it will have tusks. If your boar happens to have tusks or be over a certain weight you will not be charged additional fees. If you will only be satisfied hunting a boar with tusks or a hog of a certain size then we are not the right guide service for you. Look for outfitters that specifically offer “trophy” hunts or fixed size weight ranges.
Average Hog Size
Sows and young boar usually roam in large herds, while large boar with tusks tend to roam in small bands or as loners. Female boar, known as sows, do not have tusks. Most of our hog kills run in the 90 to 175 pound range. 200 to 300 pound hogs are killed throughout the year by many of our hunters. Ron’s Guide Service does not allow hunting of small hogs which are less than 15 inches high at the shoulder.
Free Skinning and Quartering
Basic skinning and quartering of your hog is included free with all of our wild boar hunts and done shortly after your hunt. Our guides skin boar so fast you would think they had zippers on them! The amount of meat you will get varies by boar size and what parts you want. Typically a hunter can get 40-70 pounds of good meat. Once skinning and quartering is done many hunters have a professional butcher process their wild boar meat. If you are booking Ron’s deluxe wild boar hunt a professional butcher is on-site to offer meat processing services at an additional cost. If you are booking Ron’s classic wild boar hunt you can visit our butchers page for a list of professional off-site butchers who can process your meat.
Getting Your Meat Home
Once your boar is skinned and quartered, we will help pack your cooler correctly. We recommend bringing a forty quart cooler or larger depending on number of boar you plan on hunting. You may want to bring an additional cooler if you plan on taking the boar head. We do not supply ice at Ron’s classic wild boar hunting locations. You will need to purchase ice before you arrive. We recommend buying at least two bags of ice. It is very important to get your meat on ice right away. Do not place it in plastic bags or leave it in a hot car. Ron’s Guide Service is not responsible for spoiled meat. Many hunters will drive, fly, or ship their meat back home. If you are booking Ron’s deluxe wild boar hunt we have an on-site shipping center. Visit our transporting meat page for ideas on how to get your meat back home!
Hosing the Hog Down
Skinning the Hog
Quartering the Meat
Pack and Layer Meat With Ice
Add Another Layer of Meat
Top Cooler Off With Remaining Ice
Cured Wild boar meat, at Eataly in New York, New York.
Wild Boar Taste
Wild boar meat is very lean and extremely low in fat with a rich, almost nutty flavor that far surpasses that of conventional pork. It is considered gourmet cuisine and expensive to buy. Typically a young boar will have the best tasting meat.
Wild Boar Taxidermy Preparation
Taxidermy preparation is provided free by Ron’s Guide Service which entails cleaning out the head of the boar or other requests you may have. Sometimes taxidermists require certain preparation before you bring them the animal so it is important to speak with your taxidermist prior to your hunt.
The Florida wild boar is the classic American razor-back piney woods rooter. Wild boar are not native to Florida. There are theories about the origins of Florida’s feral hogs. One is that they are descendants of the swine that Ponce de Leon, Hernando DeSoto, and other early Spanish explorers brought over from Spain on their ships in the 1500’s. After these black Spanish hogs quickly populated the state of Florida, the early settlers released domestic boar to upgrade the Florida feral strain which accounts for the color markings we see that sometimes resemble domestic hog breeds. Gestation is 115 days. Sows (female hogs) have an average of two litters per year with about ten young pigs per litter. They grow fast and reach 100 pounds in 12 months. They are omnivorous, eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately. The Florida wild boar is considered a trespass animal and is not managed by the state of Florida.
Know before you go
with Cousin Marie…
What to Wear
Wild boar have an excellent sense of smell, but fairly poor eyesight which makes camouflage unnecessary. During warmer months, generally between March and October, pack comfortable, lightweight clothing to help keep you cool during the day. During the cooler season, bring an assortment of short-sleeved and long-sleeved clothing items, as well as a lightweight jacket or two because temperatures often fluctuate from day to day during the winter. You will not need any special footwear, sneakers and rubber boots will do just fine! If you are an attractive gentlemen, my sister, Cousin Lisa recommends tight clothing, especially t-shirts and jeans that show off your physique.
We encourage hunters to utilize all meat and leave nothing to waste. Meat not taken will be donated. Hides and remains of carcasses after butchering go in the deep freeze for the alligators.
Our wild boar hunting rate guarantees our guide will provide you with the opportunity to see and hunt hogs. A portion of your experience cost will be refunded if our guides are unable to provide a hunter with an opportunity to hunt a hog. Our money back guarantee policy does not apply to poor shots. We will make every attempt to retrieve an animal that was shot at and wounded. Visit our terms and conditions page for more information.
Come Sober or Don’t Come at All
No alcohol of any kind is allowed to be consumed on our hunts 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.
Be Nice or Be Gone
Please leave rude behavior and arrogant attitudes at home. If any of our staff feels you are being disruptive or disrespectful you will not hunt and there will be no refund given.
Leave the Outdoor Adventure to Us, the Rest Is up to You!
Ron’s Guide Service does not directly provide lodging, shipping, taxidermy, or professional butchering. We will help with planning your experience, getting you where you need to be, and making sure you have a great time. We will do our best to recommend reputable businesses at ronsguideservice.com/tripresources but any arrangements you make regarding shipping, taxidermy, or professional meat processing is between you and that person or business and we cannot control the quality of service you encounter. If you are booking Ron’s deluxe wild boar hunt or using Ron’s taxidermy liaison service, lodging and taxidermy IS directly arranged by us with the local operator. In these circumstances both Ron’s Guide Service and the local operator will work together if any problems arise.
Visit our trip resources page to help you prepare for your experience and everything after it!