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General Questions

Can I bring friends and family to watch?

Yes! Friends and family can participate in the excitement of your experience as “non-hunters.” for only $30 per person, non-hunters get to take photos, videos, and be part of your adventure—they just don’t kill anything!

Does Ron’s Guide Service own the hunting properties?

No. We work with property owners directly. We only work with properties who meet our quality standards. When you book with Ron’s Guide Service you are backed by quality assurance. If a problem arises, we step in to make things right. From planning your experience to the day of your adventure, Ron is with you every step of the way.

How far in advance should I book my experience?

Since our experiences are private, once an experience time is taken—it's taken! We recommend making reservations as soon as you have a set date and time in mind. Many of our clients will book months in advance. Occasionally we do have last-minute requests which we will accommodate if possible. November through May are some of our busiest months so make sure you plan accordingly.

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. She loves fishing, hunting, and talking to Y O U.

What are your rates?

We pride ourselves in upfront and transparent pricing. Visit our rates page for a “cheat sheet” of our pricing.

What is your cancellation policy?

If You wish to cancel Your Booking, You must notify Us by calling (863) 866-7667 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 cancelation 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.

Where are you located?

We offer hunting experiences in Okeechobee, and Venus, Florida. We offer freshwater fishing on Lake Okeechobee. Visit our locations page for more details.

Why do I have to pay a non-refundable deposit?

Paying a deposit goes towards the cost of your experience. It means you are entering into a contract with us and intend to use our service. A lot of time and resources go into making your experience happen. Since our experiences are private, when you pay your deposit it means no one else can book the time you reserved because it’s being held for you.

It’s your way of saying, “I’ll be there at this date and time.”

It’s our way of saying, “We promise this is your spot and we will be there!”

When you pay your deposit it shows you are serious! It avoids no-shows and holds both parties accountable. Even though deposits are non-refundable, you don’t lose them if you cancel. Deposits are treated as credit and good for a whole year. Please read our terms and conditions for more details.

Guide

Can my guide take photos and videos of me?

Of course—just ask him! However, your guide’s primary responsibility is to keep you safe while you go in for the kill. If you want pictures or videos of you in action, you might want to ask someone else in your party to capture those intense moments so your guide can focus on your safety.

I’m just one hunter, is that ok? Is it still a private experience?

Yes! Even if you are by yourself, it will still be private.

Is there a limit on party size?

No! We specialize in large parties so bring your whole crew!

What kind of hunting experience does my guide have?

Most of our guides are Florida natives. They’ve been hunting since they were babies and love the outdoors.

Will I be paired or grouped with others on my experience?

No! Your hunt is completely private. It will just be you, your guide, and anyone else you bring with you.

Hog Hunting

Are these hogs wild?

Yes. The hogs you will hunt are derelict trespass animals.

Can I hunt additional hogs?

Yes. We have a special rate, two hogs for $500.00. The same hunter must harvest both hogs. Contact us for additional offers.

Can my guide do special cuts?

Your guide’s job is to cut the meat down to a manageable size to fit in your cooler. Special requests are at the discretion of your guide. We suggest taking your meat to a professional butcher. Visit our butchers page for a list.

Can my guide transport my meat to a butcher?

Transporting meat is not a service offered by Ron’s Guide Service, and most of our guides will not transport meat. If your guide agrees to transport your meat, this would be an arrangement between you and your guide. Ron’s Guide Service is not responsible for any arrangements you make with your guide regarding transporting meat.

Do I have to kill the first hog I see?

We try to allow some discretion when it comes to being selective—however, we cannot keep passing on hogs because you want a hog that is a specific size, sex, color, or has tusks. It’s also very hard to call dogs off once they have bayed up an animal. If you are concerned about size—we do not allow hunting of small hogs which are less than 15 inches high at the shoulder.

Do I need a license to hunt hogs in Florida?

No. You do not need a license to hunt wild hogs in Florida.

Do you know any butchers who process wild hog meat?

Yes. Visit our butchers page for a list.

Do you provide coolers and ice for my hog meat?

No. You will need to bring a cooler and ice with you in order to transport your hog meat.

How big do Florida wild hogs grow?

Wild hogs in Florida can reach weights of more than 150-pounds and measure 5 to 6 feet long. Weights depend on genetic background and food availability. Generally, males can reach larger weights than females. Average weights vary but run 200 pounds for adult males and 175 pounds for adult females.

How can I get my wild hog meat back home?

From shipping services to flying and driving, visit our transporting meat page for solutions.

How long does it take to skin my hog?

Our guides skin hogs so fast you would think they had zippers on them! Your meat is typically ready to go in 15 minutes.

How long will my hog hunt last?

You will have as many hours needed to complete your hog hunt. Your hunt is over once each hunter in your party has killed a hog. How long your hunt will last depends on many different factors such as weapons, hunting style, and how many hunters are in your party. On average you can complete a daytime hunt within one to two hours.

How many hogs are included in the $275 per hunter rate?

Our $275 rate includes the harvest of one wild hog. We do not guarantee a specific size, sex, or color of a wild hog—or if it will have tusks.

How many wild hogs are in Florida?

Florida is estimated to have over 500,000 wild pigs in a relatively stable population. Some of the highest population densities can be found north and west of Lake Okeechobee—which is where you’ll be hunting!

I won’t be happy unless it has tusks! Do you have a guaranteed trophy hunt?

Guaranteeing a specific type of hog would involve our guide trapping a hog and making sure it meets the criteria that you want (size, color, tusks, etc.) before your arrival. Our guide would then place the hog in an enclosed area for you to shoot. The cost for a guaranteed trophy hog hunt is $500, which includes his trapping fees. You must contact us to arrange this type of hunt.

What does wild hog meat taste like?

Wild hog meat or wild boar meat, as it’s popularly known, has a rich, almost nutty flavor that far surpasses that of conventional pork. Wild boar meat is very lean and extremely low in fat. It is considered gourmet cuisine. Typically a young hog will have the best tasting meat.

What if I don’t want my hog meat?

While we encourage and believe in eating what you hunt, we understand you may not be able to take your meat with you. Any meat not taken will be donated to local food programs. Hides and remains of carcasses go in the deep freeze for the alligators.

What if I shoot at a hog and miss or wound it?

If you shoot and miss, your guide will continue to look for more opportunities. If you shoot at a hog and wound it, your guide will make every attempt to retrieve it, however, our guarantee policy does not apply to poor shots. If we cannot find a hog you wounded, it will still count as a kill.

What is the average hog kill size?

Most of our kills run in the 90 to 175-pound range. We recommend hogs in the 80 to 100-pound range for the best meat.

What size cooler will I need for my hog meat?

We recommend bringing a 40-qt. cooler which should hold enough meat from one hog, and two bags of ice. It’s very important to get your meat on ice right away. Do not place meat in plastic bags or leave it in a hot car. Meat and ice should be layered in your cooler like a lasagna—meat, ice, meat, ice, etc. Your guide will help pack your cooler correctly to prevent spoiling.

When is the best time to hunt hogs?

Unlike treestand or blind hunts where you’re relying on the activity of the hog, we actively pursue wild game on our experience, so it does not matter what time you start. Morning hunts are recommended in the summer as it tends to get warmer later in the day. Afternoon hunts are recommended during the winter months when it’s colder in the morning.

Alligator Hunting

Are these alligators wild?

Yes—and naked too! Our alligators vary from native residents to derelict dog killers and baby eaters brought to us for being a nuisance.

Do I need a license to hunt alligators in Florida?

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

Do I need an alligator tag?

Tags are only for public land hunts. If you participate in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s lottery system for public land hunts, the cost of the tag with licenses can add up to over $1,000.00—not including boat rentals or guides!

Do I need to transport my alligator to Florida Trophy Gators Inc.?

Your guide will transport your alligator to Florida Trophy Gators Inc. after your hunt.

Do you offer public land alligator hunts?

No, not at this time. Public land hunts have a lot of restrictions when it comes to where and how you can hunt. Since the properties have not been pre-scouted there is no way for your guide to know where you'll have the best success—that's a lot of pressure on him!

How big do alligators grow?

Growth rates may vary from 2" up to 12" per year, depending on the type of habitat in which the alligator is living and the sex, size, and age of the alligator. Growth rates slow down as alligators become older. Male alligators will grow faster and larger than females. Males can grow to approximately 13'+ in length and attain 500+ pounds. Females can grow to approximately 9' in length and 200+ pounds.

How long does it take to skin my alligator?

Alligators are cold-blooded and require several hours of cooling time before skinning. Typically your alligator is ready for pick up from Trophy Gators Inc. the next day.

How long will my alligator hunt last?

You will have as many hours needed to complete your hunt. Your hunt is over once each hunter in your party has killed an alligator. How long your hunt will last depends on many different factors such as alligator size, weapons, hunting style, and how many hunters are in your party. On average, you can complete your hunt within two to four hours. Some hunters combine wild boar hunting, fishing, or another of our exciting experiences with their alligator hunt.

How much is your alligator hunt?

We have three different alligator size-ranges to choose from. Our 4 to 6 alligator hunt is $800. Our 6 to 9 foot alligator hunt is $1,500. Our 9 to 12 foot alligator hunt is $2,500.

Is it one alligator per hunter?

Each hunter is guaranteed one alligator in the size-range they reserved.

What is the 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.

What weapon do you recommend for alligator hunting?

A rifle or bang stick is by far the preferred weapons for alligator hunting. .243 and 30-30 rifles are popular choices. For bangsticks we recommend a 357 magnum for smaller alligators and a 44 magnum for the larger ones.

When can I pick up my alligator from Florida Trophy Gators Inc.?

Your head, hide, and meat is typically ready for pick up the following day after your hunt.

When is the best time to hunt alligator?

All of our hunting times have been proven successful. Morning hunts are recommended in the summer as it tends to get warmer later in the day. Afternoon hunts are recommended during the winter months when it's colder in the morning.

Which is better? Daytime or nighttime alligator hunting?

Daytime alligator hunts are a lot more exciting! There is nothing like seeing a wild alligator thrashing in the Florida sun! Nighttime alligator hunting is for experienced hunters only. Hunting alligators at night can be fun, but you can't see much in the dark.

Why do you snag alligators before hunting them?

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.

Weapons

Do I need to reserve a weapon before I arrive?

No. Weapons are kept on-site. Choose when you arrive.

Do you have enough weapons for everyone in my party?

For logical and safety reasons, not everyone will be shooting at the same time. You can share weapons with your party members.