Florida Alligator Hunt
9 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
credit card deposit
Pay a deposit of $300 for a 4-6 foot alligator hunt or $500 for a 6-9 or 9-12 foot alligator hunt with your debit or credit card. Balance of $500 cash for a 4-6 foot alligator hunt or $1,000 cash for a 6-9 foot alligator hunt or $2,000 cash for a 9-12 foot alligator hunt not due until the day of your hunt.
Choose Your Weapon
Rifle* – CrossBow*
*Bangstick – Bow – Handgun
*loaner weapon available
Fully Equipped Boat or Swamp Buggy
Guaranteed One Alligator of Either Sex
Retrieval and Skinning
The fine print… gratuities, license, ammunition, coolers, and ice are not included.
Let Your Private Adventure Begin
Are you looking for a hunting experience that’s out of the ordinary? Ron’s Guide Service offers an affordable and exciting alligator hunt that is open to residents and non-residents year-round. We welcome clients from all over the world! Whether you are hunting solo or with a group of twenty, Ron’s Guide Service offers a completely private hunting experience with your very own personal guide! Our guides are trained to be friendly and demonstrate patience, especially towards new hunters who need extra help. There is no required minimum or maximum number of participants when it comes to hunting with us! There is so much to learn about alligator hunting, especially for first time hunters which is why we recommend you read this entire page for the most detailed information on our alligator hunt.
Public Land Hunts Suck
If you are considering participating in the system for public land hunts, be advised that the cost of the license (if you are selected) is over $1,000.00. The State of Florida provides more than four-thousand alligator harvest permits available on a first-come, first-served basis for these hunts. They also fall under a restrictive set of regulations. Legal weapons for public land hunts are a bang stick, compound bow, re-curve bow, crossbow or harpoon. Public land hunts will have lots of competition for the same alligators with a limited season. Most alligators are small due to larger alligators being killed quickly before the season ends. Public land hunts have a specific season with time windows mostly starting in the evening. Worst of all there is no guarantee you will get an alligator!
Private Land = No Permits or Restrictions
With our fully guided alligator hunt no permit is needed and you can hunt year-round! A small $52.00 alligator license is all it takes to legally get started hunting with us! Our hunts are conducted on private ranches and leased lands. These properties consist of wetlands, small lakes, ponds, canals, and marsh which are prime alligator habitat. Our experienced guides pre-scout and monitor all of these hunting properties daily to stay knowledgeable on the best spots. There are no weapon restrictions, less competition, and we guarantee we will get you an alligator in the size range you reserve!
Fun For All Ages
Ron’s Guide Service is kid friendly! We allow youngsters who are at least six years old to hunt. A hunter’s safety class is not required but highly recommended. Children as young as three enjoy riding on our swamp buggy as non-hunters.
Recommended Hunting Time
Our alligator hunting is conducted on private property which allows us to offer this experience year-round! Alligators love the sun which is good news for Florida hunters! During winter months the mornings tend to be cooler so we recommend hunting in the late afternoon when the sun is stronger.
Daytime alligator hunts are more thrilling than night time hunts and are recommended for all alligator sizes and skill levels. You can use any weapon during daytime hunts. Typically we will use a swamp buggy and hunt alligators from land.
Alligator hunting at night is for our hunters who wish to avoid the Florida daytime heat, but are willing to brave the wrath of Florida mosquitoes! We recommend that only the strong of heart with no visual impairments should participate during our nighttime alligator hunts! We do not recommend alligator hunting at night for smaller sizes since it is difficult to see them in the dark water. We set off on a 28 ft by 8 ft wide pontoon boat late in the evening. We use a spotlight and look for the evil glow of the alligator’s eyes on the water. Much like Cousin Lisa, alligators can be very active at night. A bang stick, bow, crossbow, knife, or spear are the only weapons recommended during our nighttime hunts.
You will have as many hours needed to successfully complete your hunt. Your hunt is over once each hunter in your party has killed an alligator. How long your hunt will take depends on many different factors such as alligator size, weapons being used, hunting style, and how many hunters are in your party.
Our hunting times are not based on how long you have to hunt. For example, just because your arrival time is 1:00 PM does not mean your hunt will end at 3:00 PM. We have time slots to prevent too many hunters arriving all at once and to assure everyone gets individual attention.
Some hunters combine wild boar hunting, fishing, or another of our exciting experiences with their alligator hunt. Check out our value packages page for ideas!
It’s kind of like fishing
Snag It First…
We use a heavy duty rod similar to a fishing pole with a strong line and treble hook attached to it. A trail of bubbles indicates alligator activity. Once the alligator submerges, the line is cast past the alligator and reeled in slowly. As the line gets closer to the alligator we pull the pole forcefully to snag the alligator and then follow with a burst of reeling. Sometimes it takes hours and sometimes hunters snag an alligator with just one cast.
Let the Fight Begin
Once the alligator is snagged it will begin to fight, sometimes thrashing violently under the water. The goal is to get the alligator as close to the boat or land as possible. Eventually, the alligator will get tired and surface. One the alligator is surfaced you have to be prepared with your weapon. The average shot distance is 15-30 yards. For bangstick, knife or spear hunting we can get even closer! Alligator hunting definitely requires an experienced guide to hold the rod and keep pressure on the line while you shoot the alligator on top of the head with a bang-stick, gun or archery equipment. Your guide can also hold the alligator’s mouth shut for knife and spear hunts.
For rifles we recommend no more than 100 grain standard rifle ammunition.
Ammunition is not available for purchase at the hunting location. Ammunition can be purchased without a license anywhere in the state of Florida.
Alligator Hunting With Firearms
Killing an alligator, even one that’s hooked on the other end of a line, isn’t an easy task. An alligator’s skin is like bullet-proof armor. Since the bullet is entering behind the brain, you have to shoot at an angle from behind and above the gator with the gun pointed roughly in the same direction that the gator’s nose is pointing. Rifles in calibers 243, 270, 30-06 are a great choice and handguns in calibers 357, .44 and .45 are best. To use a bangstick, the hunter should first allow the alligator’s head to go below the water’s surface. The hunter should then discharge the bangstick just behind the base of the skull/neck junction. Hunters should note that the improper placement and discharge of the handgun or bangstick can occasionally only knock the alligator temporarily unconscious. Remember to only discharge a bangstick underwater.
You will be able to sight in your weapon when you arrive at the hunting area.
Alligator Spear and Knife Hunting
A hunter needs to act quickly when using a knife or spear. There is a small area known as the famous “quarter-sized kill spot” on the back of the alligator’s head. Once the alligator is brought close enough to the boat or land the hunter must drive a stout knife or spear between the skull and backbone, severing the spinal cord. The other option is to cut the alligators throat. Alligator skin is very thick and can sometimes resist even a sharp blade. For your safety your guide will typically hold the alligator’s mouth closed when using a knife or spear.
Alligator Bow Hunting
Bow hunting can be exciting for any hunter, but requires professional skill and some special equipment. Lean, muscular, and agile swimmers, alligators require an experienced bow hunter in order to get the job done. You should bring at least two arrows with you. Broadhead arrows are not recommended. We recommend fiberglass muzzy fish tip arrows with a 60 lb draw weight bow fitted with an AMS bow fishing rig kit. We have a crossbow that you can borrow if you don’t own one.
Always Free Loaner Weapons
We know how difficult it can be traveling with your weapons! Ron’s Guide Service can provide you with a variety of weapons you can borrow free of charge. You are welcome to bring your favorite weapon or we can provide you with one free of charge. You can decide which weapon you would like to use when you arrive. Weapon availability may vary by hunting location.
Please keep in mind… It’s a Size Range
The Perfect Size
We would love to be able to get all of our hunters an alligator at the top of their size range, however, it is almost impossible because so little of the animal is showing in water. Your guide will look at the distance from the eyes to the tip of the snout to estimate the length. Typically, the longer that distance is, the bigger the gator will be. Before booking, we ask our potential clients to ask themselves which size alligator would they be happiest with? A four foot alligator, six foot alligator, or nine foot alligator. Those are the guaranteed minimum sizes in each range. If you have your heart set on an exact size alligator then we are not the right guide service for you. Look for outfitters that price alligators individually by size instead of a size range.
Average Alligator Size
A large adult alligator can weigh as much as 1000 pounds and can live for decades. The longest alligator on record was killed deep in a Louisiana swamp by E. A. McLlhenny in the early 1900’s. The beast was too big to get out of the swamp so he estimated the animal’s length using his rifle. The alligator measured about 584 cm (19.1 ft). The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the state’s record for length is a 14 foot, 3 ½ inch male alligator caught in Brevard County’s Lake Washington. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male alligator from Orange Lake in Alachua County.
Alligators are cold blooded with thick hides like armor. Skinning an alligator is no easy task and requires special equipment. Our friends over at Florida Trophy Gators inc., a local alligator skinning, processing, and taxidermy business in the town of Okeechobee is providing free skinning for all RGS alligator hunting clients. Once your hunt is complete, your guide will transport your alligator to the skinning facility at Florida Trophy Gators inc. After your alligator has had adequate time to cool, it will be skinned. Allowing enough cooling time is very important if you are looking to tan the hide or do taxidermy.
Alligator Meat Processing
Alligator Taxidermy Preparation
Delicious Florida alligator bites at Kush in Miami, FL
As cliché as it sounds, alligator tastes a lot like chicken, with more of an earthy flavor. It is white meat with a tougher texture similar to calamari. Overall, alligator meat is mild in flavor, very low in fat, no cholesterol, and has more protein than beef.
Early Spanish explorers who encountered these reptiles named them “el lagarto” meaning lizard. Eventually settlers called them “allagarto”, which was then corrupted to “alligator”. Alligators are found only in the southeastern United States, mostly in Florida and coastal portions of Louisiana. Alligators are olive-brown to black with creamy white around the jaws, and on the neck and belly. They have a broad snout, and 74-80 conical teeth, some of which can be as large as your little finger. Below each tooth is a replacement, which appears when the primary tooth is damaged or worn. However, these teeth are not designed for chewing, they are used for grabbing and holding. The muscles that close the jaw can exert literally tons of pressure, but muscles for opening the jaw are weak, and an alligator’s jaw can be held closed with a thick rubber band. This fact is skillfully exploited during most alligator wrestling shows. Some 1.5 million alligators live in Florida, many of them in close proximity to people. Alligators are carnivorous. Baby alligators eat a variety of insects, small fish, frogs, and snails. Larger alligators will eat almost anything including fish, turtles, mammals, birds, reptiles, carrion and even other alligators. They also eat stones, sticks and aluminum cans. The stomachs of harvested alligators have been found to contain stones, fishing lures, aluminum pull tops, dog collars, and plastic debris. A large gator living in a pond in west Florida had a stomach full of dog collars when it was finally killed. Trappers had been led to the dog killing-gator by a radio collar on a missing hunting dog. The alligator had eaten the dog radio-collar and all.
Know before you go
with Cousin Marie…
What to Wear
No special attire is needed when hunting alligator. During warmer months, generally between March and October, pack comfortable, lightweight clothing to help keep you cool during the day. During the cooler season, bring an assortment of short-sleeved and long-sleeved clothing items, as well as a lightweight jacket or two because temperatures often fluctuate from day to day during the winter. You will not need any special footwear, sneakers and rubber boots will do just fine! If you are an attractive gentlemen, my sister, Cousin Lisa recommends tight clothing, especially t-shirts and jeans that show off your physique.
We encourage hunters to utilize all meat and leave nothing to waste. Meat not taken will be donated.
We offer a money back guarantee in the event our guides are unable to provide you with the opportunity to kill an alligator in the size range you reserved. Our money back guarantee policy does not apply to poor shots. We will make every attempt to retrieve an animal that was shot at and wounded. Visit our terms and conditions page for more information.
Come Sober or Don’t Come at All
No alcohol of any kind is allowed to be consumed on our hunts or prior to your hunt. If you are unable to come sober, please don’t come. You will not hunt and you will forfeit your reservation deposit.
Leave the Outdoor Adventure to Us, the Rest Is up to You!
We will help with planning your experience, getting you where you need to be, and making sure you have a great time. Where you stay and what you do after your hunt is completely up to you! Ron’s Guide Service does not provide shipping, taxidermy, lodging, or professional butchering. Our staff can offer recommendations but are not responsible for the quality of service you encounter with other businesses.
Visit our trip resources page to help you prepare for your experience and everything after it!