Our Florida wild hog hunting experience includes a personal guide, loaner weapons, skinning, and we guarantee you’ll get a hog. We hunt with a swamp buggy and dogs seven days a week, year-round, on private property in Central Florida. Our flat rate of $275 per hunter includes everything you need for a successful hunt!
Wild hogs are running rampant in Florida, destroying farms, killing livestock, and causing billions of dollars in property damage. They can grow to be massive monsters with incredibly strong jaws and six-inch razor-sharp tusks that can gore a human to death. These invasive species have no natural predators. Help us fight against these beasts! Our goal is to make your experience memorable and affordable. We offer one flat rate without any hidden fees—so you know exactly how much your hunt will cost. There is so much to learn about wild hog hunting, especially for first-time hunters! We recommend you read this entire page for the most detailed information. You can also use the “page shortcuts” at the top of this page to find what you’re looking for quicker! If you need help or have questions don’t hesitate to contact us. See ya soon!
Get hands-on attention from your very own personal 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!
Yes! It is even better when friends and family participate in the excitement of your experience as “non-hunters.” for only $30 per person, non-hunters get to ride on the swamp buggy, take photos, and be part of your adventure—they just don’t kill anything!
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! You’re welcome to bring your weapon. If it doesn’t work out, we have plenty of loaner weapons to use.
Rifles are the most popular choice for any skill level. Popular calibers include .243, .30-06, and .44 rifles.
Loaner weapons are FREE to use. They are included. Really!
No. You may purchase ammunition when you arrive.
No. Weapons are kept on-site. Choose when you arrive.
For logical and safety reasons, not everyone will be shooting at the same time. You can share weapons with your party members.
Yes! You will be able to sight in weapons at the hunting grounds.
If using a firearm, the average shot distance is typically 15 to 25 yards.
Kick up mud in our swamp buggy—loved by kids and adults of all ages. Swamp buggies help us keep up with the dogs, hogs, and get around safely. We use swamp buggies on all of our hog hunts. Swamp buggies are especially helpful for guests with mobility disabilities.
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.
No. Most hunters will get off the swamp buggy once the dogs have a hog at bay to get closer to the action. You may choose to shoot from the swamp buggy. It’s all situational—it comes down to getting the best shot!
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 the hog, but while we are tracking you should remain on the swamp buggy.
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 that is charging and attacking everyone in sight is something that can’t be described. Our dogs are trained since pups and ready to help. The dogs typically run up ahead once they catch a scent 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 as well as 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in the event 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. The hogs you will hunt are derelict trespass animals.
Yes! Each hunter is guaranteed one wild hog.
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.
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!
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.
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.
No. You do not need a license to hunt nuisance species in Florida.
Our wild hog hunting experience is available seven days a week, year-round!
Climb aboard an open-air swamp vehicle driven by your private guide and hang on tight as dogs lead the way in the bright Florida sunshine.
Witness our pig hunting dogs chase, battle, and bay up animals in broad daylight. Get a clean, clear shot while perched up high in our towering swamp buggy or hop off for a closer encounter—see it all in the daytime!
Forget about weapon restrictions! Use firearms, bows, spears, and knives.
Skip the waiting game! Unlike a tree stand hunt, we don’t wait for the wild hogs—we go after them. Our daytime hunt is perfect for guests who have limited time and are just looking for a few hours to kill.
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.
You will have as many hours needed to complete your hog hunt. It 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.
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 fragmenting nature of the bullet.
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.
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.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 spray of the ammo to take down the wild hog.
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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.
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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.
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Use a powerful crossbow or compound bow, or test your traditional archery skills with a longbow.
Your wild hog archery hunt includes free arrow retrieval. We recommend chisel point broadhead tips on archery hunts, the heavier, the better. Bow hunting requires a minimum draw weight of 40 lbs.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 that is 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.
Not for Beginners
Hunters must be comfortable spearing a hog without hesitation. Hunting with a spear is not for the faint of heart!
Hunt on active cattle ranches in Okeechobee and Venus teeming with wild hogs. Our locations are all only a short drive from popular Florida destinations such as Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, and the Walt Disney World Resort. Properties range from 2,000 to 4,000 acres of farmlands, open prairies, and palmetto thickets.
In Venus, Florida, the only sounds are the wind rustling through the pines and the singing of birds. Our Venus hunting property is roughly 4,000 acres. RGS Venus features resort style lodging, fishing ponds, and home-cooked meals.
1012 New Boot Heel Rd,
Venus, FL 33960
Okeechobee, Florida, is a small town along the northern rim of the famous Lake Okeechobee. Our Okeechobee hunting property is roughly 1,100 acres and is a short drive to many hotels, motels, RV parks, campgrounds, and restaurants found in the city center.
2825 The Blvd,
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Occasionally we get asked if our hog hunting is a fair chase hunt.
According to the Boone and Crockett Club, which is the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America, 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:
The ethical approach also states that a hunter may not take an animal if:
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.
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.
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.
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 larger; 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; and others rely on natural breeding and available food. In short, this is not a one-size-fits-all issue.
If the intent of the landowner or operator is to present an unrealistically high chance of success for the hunter/customer, reducing the experience to more of a shoot than a hunt, it is understandable why many feel this is not hunting. If the intent of the customer/hunter is to forego a hunt in a wild setting for a wild animal in favor of an assured and/or quick kill, where does one draw the line between hunting and shooting?
These are both very debatable topics. Ron’s Guide Service does it’s best to provide as much information as possible about our experiences. Only you can determine what you believe is fair chase according to your personal hunter ethics.
What is a trophy boar?
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 with no tusks.
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. Ron’s Guide Service does not guarantee a certain size, sex, or color of a wild hog—or if it will have tusks.
Trophy is what you define it to be…
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 or 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 worthy of being proud of.
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. When you post a photo of your trophy, many may have bigger, but that doesn’t mean it was more rewarding or they worked harder to earn it.
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.
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!
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.