Florida Wild Hog Hunt
Our Florida wild hog hunting experience includes a private guide, loaner weapons, skinning, and we guarantee you’ll get a hog. We hunt with a swamp buggy and dogs on private property in Venus and Okeechobee, which are small towns located in Central Florida. Hunts take place during the day, seven days a week, year-round, and are perfect for guests who have limited time and are just looking for a few hours to kill—literally! There is no license or hunter saftey course requirements. We welcome all experience levels starting with hunters as young as six. Our flat rate of $275 per hunter includes everything you need for a successful hunt—without any hidden fees.
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” to find what you’re looking for faster! If you need help or have questions 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 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!
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, 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.
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 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 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 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. 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 fragmenting nature of the bullet.
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 spray of the ammo 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. Bow hunting 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. Bow hunting 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 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. Our Venus hunting ground features tall trees, small canals, and alligators. RGS Venus also offers resort-style lodging at Cousin Lee’s Family Ranch.
Okeechobee, Florida, is a small town along the northern rim of the famous Lake Okeechobee. Our Okeechobee hunting property is roughly 2,000 acres and is a short drive to many hotels, motels, RV parks, campgrounds, and restaurants found in the city center. Our Okeechobee hunting ground is lush with clusters of forest situated around “Little Lake,” a small lake on the property.
Fair Chase, Free Range, High Fence, Canned & Other Hogwash...
These are all very debatable topics. 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. Only you can determine what you believe is fair chase, free range, high fence, canned, etc. according to your personal hunter ethics.
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.
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.
High Fence Hunting
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.
If the landowner or operator intends 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 customer/hunter intends 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?
About Trophy Hogs
Cousin Lisa here! Let’s talk 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?
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.
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.
- Many of our experiences sell out during winter holidays and spring break.
- Daytime Swamp Buggy Hunt with Dogs: 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.
- Private guide.
- Skinning & quartering.
- 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 credit card.
- A 40-qt. cooler or larger.
- Ice (two standard size bags).
- 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
- Each hunting location is different so it is important to follow any special directions provided in your booking confirmation email.
- All guests are required to sign a standard hunting waiver upon arrival.
- Hunt occurs rain or shine, with the exception of severe weather or lightning.
- Please leave rude behavior at home. If any of our staff feels you are being 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-qt. cooler when it comes to transporting your meat and at least two bags of ice.
- Never put meat in plastic bags or leave it in a hot car.
- If you would like your wild hog meat made into sausages or packaged pretty like what you would find in a grocery store, visit our butchers page for an extensive list of butchers who offer professional wild hog 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.