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Frequently Asked Questions

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We work hard to to make sure ronsguideservice.com is informative and helpful when planning your experience with us. Most of the questions listed here can be answered by reading through our website, but just like a possum on the side of the road, sometimes you just don’t see the car. No worries, we have compiled a list of some of our frequently asked questions. Don’t see the answer your looking for? Contact us and we will be happy to shed some light.

Q: Where Are You Located?

We have multiple meeting locations throughout Okeechobee and the surrounding areas. To get an idea you can view a map on our contact us page. Please refer to your booking confirmation email for exact meeting location address.

Q: How far in advance should I make a reservation?

We recommend you make reservations as soon as you have a set date and time in mind. Many of our clients will book one to three months in advance. Occasionally we do have last minute requests which we try to accommodate. Weekends tend to be busier and October through July are some of our busiest months so make sure you plan accordingly.

Q: What are your rates?

An overview of our rates can be found at:

ronsguideservice.com/hunting

ronsguideservice.com/fishing

Q: What if I have someone with me who just wants to watch my hunt?

Guests not hunting on our wild boar or alligator hunts are considered non-hunters. Our $20.00 per non-hunter rate permits a friend or youngster to tag along and watch, film, and participate in the excitement of the hunt.

Q: Is your wild boar hunt fair chase?

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 swamp buggies on our hunts to get around safely. 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.

Q: Is your wild boar hunt high fence?

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 over 500 acres of private land so you may see wire fencing from neighboring properties that act as land markers or to keep deer out. These land markers are not capable of containing wild boar.

Q: Do you offer trophy boar hunts?

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 boar. A hunter can spend hundreds of dollars for a guaranteed “trophy boar” which usually consists of placing an already captured boar into a field. 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”. Ron’s Guide Service has no trophy fees so no matter what size boar you get or if it has tusks you will never pay additional fees.

Q: How long will my experience last?

How long your experience will last depends on the activities you plan to do and party size. We have hunted sixteen alligators and twelve boar in 13 hours! That was just one party! Our fishing trips usually lasts four to eight hours and our hunting times vary by style. We estimate two to three hours for most hunting experiences.

Q: Will there be strangers on my experience with me?

Our tours, fishing experiences, wild boar hunts, and alligator hunts are completely private. You will be accompanied by your guide and anyone you came with. Holidays and weekends tend to be busier for hunting so if you are a small party we may ask if you are ok hunting with others, however you always have the choice of a private hunt. Our duck hunts are not private but we limit the number of hunters we take out which creates a more personal experience and allows individual attention.

Q: Can I bring my own hunting dogs or pet?

We welcome duck retrievers during duck hunting season but we do not allow you to bring your own hunting dogs on our wild boar or alligator hunts. Companion animals are welcome depending on experience.

Q: Can I ship my weapon to you?

We understand how important it is for some hunters to use their own weapon, you can mail it to us and we will store it until you arrive. Visit our transporting weapons page for detailed information.

Q: Should I pack food?

Our hunting is pretty action packed! We recommend you just bring some water and eat before your hunt. Fishing is a different story. Packing some lunch and eating it on Lake Okeechobee is a mighty nice idea.

Q: Can you accommodate large groups?

We have accommodated parties of twenty or more! We do bachelor parties, corporate events, and family reunions. Our professional event planner can help you create the perfect adventure!

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

If you wish to cancel your booking, you must notify us by calling (954) 582-6647 at least 24 hours prior to your experience. Your reservation deposit is not refundable and will be treated as a credit that expires one year from the date issued. Credit can only be applied to reservation deposits and not a due balance.
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 member or remain as credit on the lead names account and expires one year from the date issued. There is not a reservation deposit cancellation grace period in which a refund will be made. If you cancel the same day of your trip, You will forfeit your reservation deposit and any credit. Depending on the experience, you may be charged the balance due on the credit or debit card you provided when booking your experience. In the event you are required to pay the remaining balance, we reserve the right to charge your credit or debit card without permission from you.

Q: What happens if I do not want the meat from my hunt?

We encourage hunters to utilize all meat and leave nothing to waste. Boar and alligator meat not taken will be donated. Hides and remains of carcasses go in the deep freeze for the alligators. You can say we are very eco-friendly!

Q: How much walking is involved on your experiences?

Our swamp buggy is especially helpful for clients who have trouble walking. We use our swamp buggy on all of our boar and alligator hunts. You can even shoot from the buggy!

Q: What are Cousin Lisa’s Measurements?

Cousin Lisa stands at 5’2, 125 pounds. 38, 26, 36.
She has beautiful light gray eyes, long blonde wavy hair that hangs down to the middle of her back and she loves fishing, hunting, and talking to YOU.
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