Ron's Classic Florida Wild Boar Hunt
Choose from daytime buggy hunt with dogs, nighttime buggy hunt with dogs, nighttime infrared hunt, or daytime stand/blind hunt. Use traditional firearms, bows, or even a knife or spear—all for one low price!
Private & Fully Guided
Dogs & Swamp Buggy
Skinning & Quartering
One Wild Hog—Guaranteed
$275 per hunter (Ages 6+)
$20 per non-hunter (Ages 3+)
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During Ron’s Classic Wild Boar Hunt, you’ll set out on a fully guided tour that begins with meeting your private guide at one of our lush private properties—teeming with Florida wild hogs.
Traipse along a country dirt road amid a vibrant hunting gateway as you enter your meeting location. Featuring picturesque open plains, shady forest landscapes, and active cattle ranches. Meet your guide, select your weapon—if you don’t have your own—and make your way to the swamp buggies or stands and blinds.
After Your Hunt
Watch in awe as your guide skins your boar in minutes.
Head home with a cooler full of meat and memories that will live on long after your excursion has ended!
CHoose Your Style
Daytime Buggy Hunt with Dogs
Feel your adrenaline rush as you cruise in the Florida sunshine.
Climb aboard an open-air swamp vehicle and hang on tight as you take off on a guided tour into the backwoods of Okeechobee, Venus, and Lorida—where some of Florida’s 500,000 boar population make their home. While you cruise the rugged terrain—our trained Florida cur dogs will run ahead of your swamp buggy and sniff out wild boar.
Listen to the excitement of your hunting dogs—yelping with delight—it means they found a boar! Race towards the sound of their cries where you will come face to snout with a Florida wild hog. As the dogs circle around the boar—keeping it at bay—it is your turn to take aim. Hop off the swamp buggy to get closer or hunt from the buggy—your guide will advise your best option.
Nighttime Buggy Hunt with Dogs
Witness the wild as it comes to life on this nighttime adventure.
Set your spotlight on a hog 200 yards ahead as you bounce through the country terrain on a swamp buggy during a nighttime hog hunt. There’s nothing more thrilling than a clean shot on a hog in complete darkness.
Nighttime Infrared Hunt
Harness the power of a superhero with this high tech style hunt.
What seems like technology for the future is actually very useful when hunting hogs. Unlike regular night vision—infrared thermal imaging technology allows us to detect the heat from the hog, so we can actually “see” through the brush—like x ray vision! Infrared equipment is included and you can even attach the scope to your own rifle.
Daytime Stand/Blind Hunt
The classic waiting game—but stay alert or miss out.
Grandma Dean loves a good tree stand, it’s the way she did hunting in the old times, and she still loves it today. Her advice is to feel comfortable just being alone with your thoughts—but stay awake! The moment you blink might be an opportunity lost. Due to the nature of this hunting style we cannot guarantee a successful hunt. However we can take you out on a nighttime buggy hunt if you are having poor luck in the stands or blinds.
Choose Your Weapon
Grab your favorite gun—or borrow ours—a traditional approach.
Popular choices include 12 gauge shotguns or .243, .30-06, .44 caliber rifles.
Though we do not recommend it—You may use handguns—a .41 mag/10 mm is the minimum effective caliber. You can even use multiple weapons—just like in video games!As in all shooting situations, shot placement is critical. Shot distance varies depending on weapon and hunting style. Most shots are in the 50 to 75-yard range.
You can sight in your weapon when you arrive at the hunting area.
For our shotguns—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.
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.
Bow hunters rejoice! Bring your bow and we will bring boar.
Enjoy an exciting bow hunt with complimentary kill retrieval.
We Recommend longbows, compound bows, recurve bows, and crossbows with
a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds.
Knife or Spear Hunt
Embrace your prehistoric roots on a thrilling spear and knife hunt.
Not recommended for the faint of heart—Feel your adrenaline rush as you get up close and personal with a wild boar on our fully guided spear and knife hunt. 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!
Come Hunt with RGS
A Private Adventure
Venture out alone or with friends on a private hog hunt.
Along your journey, your knowledgeable guide will share insights about the wild animals you’re hunting and can help you achieve the perfect shot. We do not require a minimum or maximum number of participants on our hunts—so bring the whole family!
The Best Properties
Immerse yourself in our vibrant private hunting grounds.
Drive in a rugged swamp vehicle over an open prairie on our various private properties ranging from 500 to 1,100 acres. We can’t cover that much land in an entire day so we have saved you the trek.
We pre-scout and section off areas of high hog activity prior to your arrival.
No Trophy Fees
Bag any hog you see without the fear of trophy fees.
Many outfitters separate boar into two price groups. “meat hogs” and “trophy boar”. Hunters can spend hundreds of dollars for a guaranteed “trophy boar” which usually consists of placing an already captured boar into a field.
Most hunters 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”.
We can’t guarantee you a certain size or gender of a hog—or if it will have tusks .
If you are looking for something specific—then we are not the right guide service for you. Look for outfitters that specifically offer “trophy” hunts or a fixed size weight range.
Swamp Buggies Y'all
Climb aboard a buggy as you scan the horizon for boar!
Kids of all ages love our swamp buggies—and you will too! They are especially helpful if you have mobility issues.
We have multiple buggies and each buggy accommodates eight passengers—so bring your friends!
Best Time to Come
Anytime of year is a good time for wild boar hunting.
Succeed year-round and at any time of day. Wake up to an exciting excursion—or end your day with one instead. We have multiple morning and afternoon start times. All times have been proven successful and you have as long as needed to hunt—no rush!
Our Busy Season
Winter and Spring are the most popular times to hunt wild boar—many of our hunts sell out during Christmas and spring break.
Time flies when you’re hog hunting with Ron’s Guide Service.
Locate boar faster with help from your guide. Hunts are fast-paced and typically will not last more than 2 hours. Squeeze in a midday hunt and make it back in time for evening fireworks at Walt Disney World.
No Picky Hunters!
We try to allow some discretion when it comes to not hunting the first hog you see—however, we cannot keep passing on multiple hogs because you want a boar that’s a specific size, color, gender, or has tusks. Please, no picky hunters.
If you are concerned about size—we do not allow hunting of small hogs which are less than 15 inches high at the shoulder.
Wild Boar Facts
Read about boar history, average size, taste, and other fun facts.
Wild Boar History
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.
Sows and young hogs usually roam in large herds, while large boar tend to roam in small bands or as loners. Female boar, known as sows, do not have tusks.
Most of our kills run in the 90 to 175-pound range. 200+ hogs are killed throughout the year by many of our hunters.
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.
Fair Chase Facts
Get essential details about what is considered a fair chase hunt.
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 the hunter.
According to Boone and Crockett, which is the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America, fair chase hunting 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 our hunts. According to this list, you would need to travel to Europe and hunt wild boar on foot in order for your hunt to be considered fair chase.
Learn about the fences that try to keep wild boar out.
Wild pigs do a great deal of damage to net wire fences which are generally used to confine cattle, deer, and goats. Wild boar tear through fences and can lift them up off the ground to gain access. Wild boar can also jump over fences less than 3 feet high—pigs can fly!
I See a Fence
According to Florida property law, Private game preserves or farms must fence the area to prevent the escape of domestic game and the entrance of wild game (Florida Statutes section 372.16). 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 are the only way to prevent wild hogs from coming onto the property—which we do not have.
What is Wild
Florida is now a “closed range” state and has adopted the rule of strict liability for trespassing livestock. Most properties we hunt on are active cattle ranches so property owners may be civilly or criminally liable for animals that stray onto public roads which is why there are fences or gates. These fences or gates are not capable of containing wild boar. While Ron’s Guide Service understands the need for a wild experience—the idea of being able to just hunt in an open area without any fencing is legally not possible—so please be realistic when it comes to your idea of what “wild” is.
Read about what happens to meat left behind after your hunt.
Wild boar meat is delicious and considered gourmet. We encourage you to utilize all meat and leave nothing to waste. Meat not taken will be donated to local food programs. Hides and remains of carcasses after butchering go in the deep freeze for the alligators.
After Your Hunt
Skinning and quartering of your hog is included with Ron’s classic wild boar hunt.
Watch in awe as your guide skins your boar in minutes.
Head home with a cooler full of meat and memories that will last long after your freezer has emptied!
To prevent your meat from spoiling it is important to arrive to your hunt with a cooler and ice. We recommend a 40-60 qt cooler when it comes to transporting your meat. Some hunters even double up on cooler size. Visit our butchers page and transporting meat page for information on what can be done with your meat and how to get it back home.
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 a hog.
- 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.