Every hunt comes with
Embark on a
Enjoy a personalized experience tailored to your
skill level, mobility, and special needs.
Every hunt includes a
professional guide, loaner weapons, and skinning.
Cruise along winding paths
on a Swamp Buggy.
with trained hunting dogs.
Each hunter is
guaranteed one hog.
Blast off to Venus,
located in Highlands County and home to some of Florida’s 500,000 wild pig population.
Hunt on lush picturesque acres of private property.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of an active cattle ranch.
Soak up the sun on this daytime adventure,
available seven days a week, year-round.
Choose from several arrival times,
8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM and 4 PM.
Hunts typically last one to three hours.
All experience levels welcome,
starting with hunters six and up.
There is so much to learn about hog hunting, especially for first-time hunters! We recommend you read this entire page for the most detailed information. If you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us.
See ya soon!
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.
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.
No. You do not need a license to hunt wild hogs in Florida.
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.
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!
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.
Yes. The hogs you will hunt are derelict trespass animals.
Experience Walk Through
Get hands-on attention from your very own experienced guide.
No! Your hunt is completely private. It will just be you, your guide, and anyone else you bring with you.
Yes! Even if you are by yourself, it will still be private.
No! We specialize in large parties so bring your whole crew!
Most of our guides are Florida natives. They’ve been hunting since they were babies and love the outdoors.
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.
Choose from a variety of loaner weapons such as firearms, knives, and spears.
Yes. Visit out our transporting weapons page for details.
Yes! You will be able to sight in weapons at the hunting grounds.
For logical and safety reasons, not everyone will be shooting at the same time. You can share weapons with your party members.
No. Weapons are kept on-site. Choose when you arrive.
No. You may purchase ammunition when you arrive at the hunting ground.
Loaner weapons are FREE to use. They are included. Really!
Check out our loaner weapons page.
Yes! You’re welcome to bring your weapon. If it doesn’t work out, we have plenty of loaner weapons to use.
Kick up mud in our swamp buggy—loved by kids and adults of all ages. Swamp buggies help us keep up with the dogs and get around safely. We use swamp buggies on all of our hog hunts. Swamp buggies are especially helpful for guests with mobility disabilities.
Hunting hogs on foot is dangerous, as wild pigs like to charge and attack at random. For the sake of your knee caps, and to be able to keep up with the dogs, we use a swamp buggy. You can get off once we spot a hog, but while we are tracking you should remain on the swamp buggy.
Most hunters will get off the swamp buggy once the dogs have a hog at bay to get closer to the action. Sometimes a hunter will shoot from the swamp buggy. It’s all situational—it comes down to getting the best shot!
Swamp buggies typically have five seats, including one for the driver. They also have railings which allow guests to stand. Swamp buggies generally hold six to eight passengers depending on the size of the guests. We have many swamp buggies and other vehicles for larger parties.
Wild boar hunting with dogs that chase, battle, and bay up a pig 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 charging and attacking everyone in sight can’t be described. Our dogs are trained since pups and ready to help. The dogs typically run up ahead as we follow closely behind them. Once they catch a hog, the dogs will start barking and yelping.
Well trained hunting dogs help ensure your success. Even though guides scout daily for hogs, we rely on our dogs’ incredible sense of smell to track them down quickly.
Our hunting dogs are a mix of hound and bulldog. We also use pure redbones.
Your guide will make sure you have a clear shot to avoid injuring the dogs.
No. Hunting dogs help guarantee your success which is why we use them on all of our wild hog hunting experiences.
We do not allow you to bring your own hunting dogs on our wild hog or alligator hunts. Companion animals are welcome depending on experience. Please call us for details.
Watch in awe as your guide quickly skins and quarters your hog in just minutes after your hunt.
Our guides skin hogs so fast you would think they had zippers on them! Your meat is typically ready to go in 15 minutes.
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.
No. You will need to bring a cooler and ice with you in order to transport your 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.
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.
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.
Yes. Visit our butchers page for a list.
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.
From shipping services to flying and driving, visit our transporting meat page for solutions.
Our price includes the harvest of one wild hog per hunter. We have a 99% success rate and plenty of pigs! Due to the style of hunting, we can not guarantee a specific size, sex, or color — or if it will have tusks. We do not have trophy fees, so if you kill a hog, and we discover it has tusks, you will not be charged additional fees.
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.
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.
Yes. We have a special rate, two hogs for $500.00. The same hunter must harvest both hogs. Contact us for additional offers.
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.
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.
Wild hog hunting with a rifle is the best choice for a clean shot. For hunters of smaller stature, a .223 rifle packs enough punch to take down a large animal with little recoil. ARs are permitted but can be dangerous for our dogs if you use ball ammo and may result in less edible meat due to the bullet’s fragmenting nature.
To Scope or Not to Scope
Scoped rifles and shotguns help with shooting accuracy. A more accurate shot means a faster and cleaner kill, and less risk of your hog getting injured and running off, or even worse—charging at you.
Average Shot Distance
.243, .30-06, .44
Wild hog hunting with a shotgun requires careful aim. The experience differs based on ammo types. We recommend deer slugs for experienced hunters looking to harvest the most edible meat. Buckshot is helpful for beginners who will rely on the ammo spray to take down the wild hog.
Average Shot Distance
Wild hog hunting with a handgun is a challenge. A steady hand and aim aren’t as easy as one would think when you’re trying to hit a fast-moving wild hog that can turn and charge at you. A .41 mag/10 mm is the minimum effective caliber. As in all shooting situations, shot placement is critical. You must be daring and willing to get close to the violent hog.
Average Shot Distance
Wild hog hunting with a muzzleloading gun is a unique way to hunt since you can only load one shot into your weapon at a time. Clean shots require steady aim—which is difficult when a hunter is in sight of a charging animal and battling dogs! .58 to .62 caliber round ball guns are your best option for penetrating the pigs’ thick, armor-like skin. Smaller caliber muzzleloaders—especially muzzleloading pistols—are not strong enough.
Average Shot Distance
Whether you’re using a family heirloom passed down for generations, or hunting with a medieval reenactment group, lots of practice and deadly accurate aim are necessary on longbow wild hog hunts. We recommend chisel point broadhead tips on archery hunts, the heavier, the better. Bowhunting requires a minimum draw weight of 40 lbs.
No Retrieval Fees
Your wild hog archery hunt includes free arrow retrieval. We recommend chisel point broadhead tips on archery hunts, the heavier, the better. Bowhunting requires a minimum draw weight of 40 lbs.
Average Shot Distance
A shorter bow means less strength required to hold before dispatching the arrow. Hog hunting with a compound bow is one of the safest methods and can be easier than using a longbow, but requires excellent aim and a steady shot.
Average Shot Distance
Steady your hands and take careful aim as the hog and dogs battle during your crossbow wild hog hunt. Crossbow hunting is extremely safe and effective. There is no fatigue from trying to keep a 40+ lb. draw, and the meat stays completely preserved.
Average Shot Distance
Sharpen your reflexes as you come face to snout with a wicked wild hog on a daring knife hunt. Hunting with a knife requires an intense hunter willing to charge at the thrashing animal without hesitation. There is only one spot you can stick a hog to kill it instantly. Aim for the area just beneath the shoulder to either pierce both lungs or the heart. While the dogs keep the hog at bay, your guide will advise you on when to go in for the kill.
Not for Beginners
Experienced and fearless hunters with a strong understanding of how the hog behaves are welcome to hunt wild hogs with a knife. First-time hunters are not allowed.
Embrace your primal roots. Balance, careful footing, fast reflexes, and the ability to forcibly plunge the spear into an attacking animal are the key elements needed for a successful wild hog hunt using a spear. Our highly trained catch dogs will keep the hog at bay as you charge in and stick the hog quickly. Spear it in the heart or lungs through the shoulder to kill it cleanly and humanely.
Up for a Challenge?
Hunters must be confident spearing a hog without hesitation. Hunting with a spear is not for the faint of heart and is only recommended for experienced hunters.
Hunt on an active cattle ranch in Venus teeming with wild hogs! Our Venus hunting property is roughly 4,000 acres and consists of farmlands, open prairies, and palmetto thickets. RGS Venus also offers resort-style lodging at Cousin Lee’s Family Ranch.
Fair Chase, High Fence, Free-Rang, Canned & Other Hogwash...
Only you can determine what you believe is fair chase, free-range, high fence, canned, etc. according to your personal hunter ethics. Ron’s Guide Service does it’s best to provide you with as much information as possible about our experiences. Please educate yourself on these topics before booking with us to determine if we are the right guide service for you.
What is a Fair Chase Hunt?
Fair chase is a term used by hunters to describe an ethical approach to hunting big game animals. North America’s oldest wildlife conservation group, the Boone and Crockett Club, defines “fair chase” as requiring hunted big game animals to be wild and free-ranging. “Wild” refers to an animal that is naturally bred and lives in nature. “Free-ranging” means an animal that is not confined by artificial barriers.
According to the Boone and Crockett Club, fair chase hunting is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of any free-ranging wild, big game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the game animals.
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.
Is Your Hunt Fair Chase?
We hunt using a swamp buggy. According to Boone and Crockett, chasing an animal with a motorized vehicle is not ethical hunting. We also use dogs to track down hogs. This may be considered an unfair advantage. Depending on your personal hunter ethics, you may or may not consider our experience fair chase.
What is a High Fence Hunt?
With regard to high fence hunting, not all high fenced properties are created equal. For one, not all high fence situations are commercial operations. Many are private hunting properties. Some are small acreages; some have adequate cover; others are more open with less cover for game to elude the hunter; some have purposely concentrated a high number of animals within a given space to ensure game will be seen; some let the available habitat dictate population density; some artificially manipulate the quality of game for maximum trophy potential; others rely on natural breeding and available food. In short, this is not a one-size-fits-all issue.
How and where we hunt is a choice each of us makes as an individual hunter. It is also a matter of personal choice whether you believe hunting within a game-proof fence (where legal) is an acceptable practice, acceptable under certain conditions, unacceptable, fair chase, or should not be considered hunting at all.
Can Fences Contain Hogs?
Wild hogs do a great deal of damage to net wire fences generally used to confine cattle, deer, and goats. They tear through fences and can lift them off the ground to gain access. Boar can also jump over fences less than 3 feet high—pigs fly! 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 them from coming onto the property—which we do not have.
Do You Have Fences?
According to Florida property law, Florida is a “closed range” state with strict liability for trespassing livestock. We hunt on active cattle ranches, and property owners may be civilly or criminally liable for animals that stray onto public roads— so you may see fences or gates. These fences or gates are not capable of containing wild hogs. We are not a high fence property. However, if you don’t want to possibly see cattle fencing or drive through a livestock type gate, our hunting experience may not be right for you.
What is a Free-Range Hunt?
A Free-range hunt means an animal is free to roam and not confined by artificial barriers such as human-made fences.
You will struggle to find a hunting property in the United States that is truly free-range with no fences. In reality, they do not exist. There will be artificial barriers at every hunting property, be it a park border, a fence on a neighboring property, or a barrier to public roads.
A better question to ask yourself is: what size hunting area is large enough to be classified as free-range to you?
Is Your Hunt Free-Range?
Only you can decide what free-range means to you. This may depend on the conditions required for a record book entry or your own personal hunting ethics or moral code.
Knowing what free-range means to you will ensure that the memories of your hunt are those of an amazing experience, not of a misunderstanding due to a difference in definition.
What is a Canned Hunt?
A canned hunt is a hunt for animals that have been captive-bred on game ranches until they are mature enough to be killed, typically for trophy collections.
Many hunters determine if they feel a hunt is canned based on difficulty, property type, hunting style, and many other factors. It is an extremely debatable topic and dependant on the individual.
If the guide intends to present an unrealistically high chance of success for the hunter, reducing the experience to more of a shoot than a hunt, it is understandable why many feel this is not hunting. If the hunter intends to forego a hunt in a wild setting in favor of a guaranteed and/or quick kill, where does one draw the line between hunting and shooting?
Is Your Hunt Canned?
We do not practice captive-breeding. The hogs on our property are derelict trespass animals attracted to our vegetation and livestock. We pre-scout for hog activity daily and use dogs to help track hogs quickly. Our hunts are highly successful because they are fully guided and use a swamp buggy and dogs. We could not offer a guaranteed hunt if it were a treestand/blind hunt experience.
A hunter who won’t be happy unless he gets a kill…
doesn’t want to do a buggy hunt with dogs because they feel it’s too quick and has a high success rate…
doesn’t want to do a treestand hunt because it’s too long and has a lower success rate…
Is a very difficult hunter to be!
About Trophy Hogs
What is a Trophy Hog?
Some outfitters separate hogs into two categories, “meat hogs” and “trophy boar.” If you web search “what is a trophy boar?” or “what is a meat hog?” you will get many answers. Some hunters say a trophy boar has tusks that measure from two to four inches beyond the lower lip line or that a meat hog is small and lean.
Many hunters spend hundreds of dollars for a guaranteed trophy boar hunt, which usually consists of releasing a captured trophy boar into an enclosed area for a hunter to kill. On our $275 per hunter wild hog hunt, Ron’s Guide Service does not guarantee a specific size, sex, or color of a wild hog—or if it will have tusks.
We believe “trophy” is defined by the hunter who shoots it and be danged to any who may argue it!
Many things may determine a trophy. It may be a highly intelligent sow that has outsmarted you hunt after hunt, and when you finally bag her, it’s a trophy (a personal accomplishment or goal).
Even a first kill could be considered a trophy to a new hunter, regardless of the sex, size, or if it has tusks.
Some hunters may only hunt once or twice a year and believe any kill is a personal accomplishment.
My first elk remains my prized trophy even though he was nothing special to most—he was special to me. I’ve shot bigger and better, but none were more rewarding than that first bull elk. It took years of effort and hard knocks to make that hunt happen.
“Trophy” is what you define it to be.
Why Book with RGS?
All of our experiences are private, which allows us to fully customize a one of a kind adventure tailored to your skill level, mobility, and special needs.
Set yourself up for success with our skilled guides and private property teeming with wild hogs. We have a 99% success rate and guarantee you will see a hog and have the opportunity to hunt.
Feel safe! We work only with properties and guides that are friendly, reputable, and meet our quality standards. We pre-vet them all to make sure you always have an exceptional experience.
No Hidden Fees
Our transparent pricing lets you know what’s included in your experience—and what isn’t. When it comes to the outdoors, there are enough surprises creeping up on you—hidden fees shouldn’t be one of them!
Know Before You Go
We’re looking forward to your visit at Ron’s Guide Service. Please read through this important and helpful information about your experience, including arrival times, what to bring, and more.
- Hunters must be at least six years old.
- Non-hunters must be at least three years old.
- Guests under age 16 years must be accompanied by a person age 18 years or older.
- Helpful services and access options are available for guests with mobility disabilities.
- Guests should be in good health. Some experiences may not be appropriate for guests with health conditions.
- No license requirements.
Booking Your Experience
- Every guest must be reserved prior to arrival.
- Use our easy online booking system or call us at 863-866-7667 to submit your reservation deposit.
- We accept all major credit cards for reservation deposits.
- Reservations are not confirmed until a reservation deposit has been paid.
- If time allows, We are happy to accept last minute reservations. Please call us for reservations less than 24 hours in advance.
- You will receive a booking confirmation email with important details about your experience once your reservation deposit is made.
Choosing a Date
- We offer daytime wild hog hunting seven days a week, year-round.
- View our real-time availability calendar for available dates and times.
- Many of our experiences sell out during winter holidays and spring break.
8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM
- Due to the nature of hunting we can’t precisely know how long your experience will last.
- Our daytime swamp buggy hunt with dogs typically lasts 1 to 3 hours.
- Your hunt is over once every hunter in your party has had the opportunity to hunt a wild hog.
- Professional guide.
- Loaner weapons.
- Swamp Buggy.
What's NOT Included
- Gratuities. If you would like to tip your guide most tips range from 10% to 20% of the price of the service provided.
- Ammunition. Ammunition is available for purchase at the hunting meeting location.
- Professional meat processing. For example, vacuum sealing, sausages, etc.
- Shipping services.
What to Bring
- Your balance due. Cash is preferred. 3% surcharge if paying with a credit card.
- A 40-quart cooler or larger (if transporting meat).
- Ice, two standard-size bags (if transporting meat).
- Drinking water.
- Bug repellant.
- Weapons (if you are not borrowing any of ours).
- Ammunition (if you are not purchasing from us).
What to Wear
- Pants such as jeans.
- Comfortable shirt.
- Closed-toe shoes with a back strap or boots.
- Camouflage is welcome, but not necessary.
The Day of Your Experience
- It is important to carefully read your booking confirmation email and follow any special directions provided.
- All guests are required to sign a standard hunting waiver upon arrival.
- Hunt occurs rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather.
- Please leave rude behavior at home. If any of our staff feels you are disruptive or disrespectful, you will be asked to leave.
- 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.
- Hunters will be able to sight in weapons at the hunting meeting location.
After Your Experience
- Your guide will skin and quarter your wild hog shortly after your hunt.
- To prevent your meat from spoiling, you must arrive to your hunt with a cooler and ice.
- We recommend a 40-quart cooler when it comes to transporting your meat and at least two bags of ice.
- Never put meat in a plastic bag or leave it in a hot car.
- If you would like your meat packaged pretty like what you would find in a grocery store, visit our butchers page for an extensive list of butchers who offer professional meat processing.
- Meat not taken will be donated to local food programs. Hides and remains of carcasses go in the deep freeze for the alligators.
- We guarantee each hunter will see and have the opportunity to hunt a wild hog.
- 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.
- Our Guarantee policy does not apply to poor shots. Your guide will make every attempt to retrieve an animal that was shot at and wounded.
- If you wish to change or cancel your booking, you must notify us by calling 863-866-7667 at least 24 hours prior to your experience.
- 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 date. Please read our terms and conditions for more details.
- Credit can only be applied to reservation deposits and not a balance due.
- 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 person or remain as credit on the lead name’s account and expires one year from the date issued.
$275 Per Hunter