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Okeechobee is known as "Hog Country" due to wild boar running rampant, destroying farms, killing livestock, and causing billions of dollars in property damage. They can grow to be mean 600 pound 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 fight against these beasts with our Florida wild boar hunt! Whether you are hunting with dogs, using a spear, or kicking up mud in the swamp buggy, our goal is to make your wild boar hunting experience unforgettable and affordable. We offer a low all inclusive rate without any hidden fees so you know exactly how much your hunt will cost. There is so much to learn about wild boar hunting, especially for first time hunters which is why we recommend you read this entire page for the most detailed information on our wild boar hunt. You can also use the "section shortcuts" found below to view a specific section. If you need help or still have questions don't hesitate to contact us. See ya soon!


1. Success Rate

2. No Trophy Fees

3. Hunting Times & Season

4. Recommended Hunting Time

5. Hunting Length

6. Private Hunts

7. Weapons

8. Recommended Weapons

9. Ammunition

10. Sighting In

11. Hunting Vehicles and Vessels

12. Hunting with Dogs

13. Spear & Knife Hunt

14. Swamp Buggy Spot & Stalk

15. Bow Hunting

16. Florida Wild Boar History

17. Wild Boar Size

18. Wild Boar Taste

19. Additional Boar

20. License

21. Age Requirements

22. Experience Level

23. Non-Hunters

24. Wild Boar Skinning & Butchering

25. Taxidermy Preparation & Taxidermy

26. Transporting Meat

27. Transporting Weapons

28. Hunting Zone

29. What to Bring

30. What to Wear

31. Lodging & Campgrounds

32. Nearby Airports

33. Map & Directions

34. Guest Policies

Success Rate

The chances of you not getting the opportunity to hunt a wild boar are very small when you combine the experience of our guides with Okeechobee's high population of wild boar! Over one million feral hogs live in the state of Florida. Your hunt is conducted on over 500 acres of private land. The terrain you will hunt on vary from sugar cane fields, palmetto thickets, to woodlands with ponds and marsh. Areas are carefully chosen by our guides prior to your arrival. The area that best indicates a good concentration of wild boar is selected for your hunt. When you choose a fully guided hunt you will be paired with one of our experienced guides who will work hard to make sure you go home with pork. Check out our trip reports page to see what are latest clients are saying!

 

 

No Trophy Fees

Many outfitters separate boar into two price groups. "meat hogs" and "trophy boar". Please do not ask us "how much do you charge for a trophy boar" as we do not believe in trophy fees. A hunter can spend hundreds of dollars for a guaranteed "trophy boar" which usually consists of placing an already captured boar into a field. If you do some research you will see there are many different opinions on what classifies a "trophy boar". Most people say a qualified "trophy boar" has tusks that measure from two to four inches beyond the lower lip line. Currently there is no official way to rank "trophy boar". Ron's Guide Service has no trophy fees so no matter what size boar you get or if it has tusks you will never pay additional fees.

 

 

Hunting Times & Season

We offer wild boar hunting seven days a week, year-round! There is no season for wild boar hunting which makes anytime of year a great time to come hunting with us! Do you have a date and time in mind? Check out our availability calendar page.

 

Year- Round, Monday-Sunday:

7:00 AM 8:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM 2:00 PM


Hunting times are not based on how long you have to hunt. For example, just because you arrive at 8:00 AM does not mean your hunt will end at 10:00 AM. We have time slots to prevent too many hunters arriving all at once and to assure everyone gets individual attention.

 

 

Recommended Hunting Time

Your success rate during an afternoon of hunting is just as good as a morning of hunting. All of our fully guided hunting times have been proven successful. Earlier time slots are recommended in the summer as it tends to get warmer later in the day. Some folks may say dawn or dusk is best, but that advice only applies to tree stand hunts, which we do not offer.

 

 

You will have as many hours needed to successfully complete your hunt. Your hunt is over once each hunter in your party has killed a boar. Typically on our fully guided hunts you will kill the first boar bayed up by the dogs or spot and stalked. How long your hunt will take depends on many different factors such as weapons being used, hunting style, and how many hunters are in your party. Hunting with dogs tends to be quicker because our trained Florida cur dogs have an incredible sense of smell and can bay up a boar rather quickly. Spot and stalk style hunting is more time consuming and requires skill and patience. Tree stand hunting requires sitting in a stand which can last many hours -- we do not offer tree stand hunting. On average you can successfully complete your hunt within one to three hours when doing a fully guided hunt. Some hunters combine alligator hunting, fishing, or another of our exciting experiences with their wild boar hunt. Check out our value packages page for ideas!

 

 

Private Hunts

Your hunt is typically private and consists of your party and guide. There is no minimum or maximum number when it comes to party size. Our hunts are especially nice for first time hunters who need one on one assistance from an experienced guide. Holidays tend to be busier so if you're a small party we may ask if you are ok hunting with others. However, this is extremely rare and you always have the choice of a private hunt.

 

 

Weapons

You can use any weapon and caliber when wild boar hunting. Some hunters use multiple weapons like starting out with a rifle and finishing with a knife. You are welcome to bring your favorite weapon or we can provide you with one free of charge. The chart below shows some popular weapon choices and which loaner models we have available. There is no need to reserve loaner weapons as we have them all available on the day of your hunt. You can decide which weapon you would like to use when you arrive at the hunting location.
 

Weapon
Free Loaner Available
Free Loaner Model Type
Bow
NO
 
Crossbow
NO
 
Handgun
NO
 
Hatchet
NO
 
Knife
YES
 
Muzzleloader
NO
 
Rifle
YES
.243 mag, .22 mag
Shotgun
YES
12 ga
Spear YES  
Sword NO  
Recommended Weapons

Due to the lush undergrowth a shotgun with buckshot or deer slugs is by far the preferred weapon. There are no restrictions on how many shells you can have in a rifle or handgun clip. Scoped rifles can be used but open sight is a better option if you are hunting with dogs. Most shots are in the 50 to 75 foot range. Bows recommended for wild boar hunting are long bows, compound bows, recurve bows, and crossbows with a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds.

 

 

Sighting In

You will be able to sight in your weapon when you arrive at the hunting area.

 

 

Swamp Buggies

Swamp buggies allow us to get around on the terrain easily and are used on all of our fully guided hunts. Our swamp buggy is loved by kids of all ages and is especially helpful for our clients who have trouble walking. We have three buggies, each buggy accommodates eight passengers.

 

 

Hunting with Dogs
GUARANTEE POLICY: YES | FULLY GUIDED: YES | SWAMP BUGGY: YES

Wild boar hunting with dogs that chase, battle, and bay up a boar 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 the dogs, guides, and even you is something that can't be described. Wild boar hunting with dogs is our most common method, it also is the most successful way of making a kill. Any weapon can be used when hunting with dogs. We primarily cruise around the terrain on swamp buggies. During these drives the dogs will usually run ahead to sniff out boar. The sound of yelping dogs and the squeals of the boar indicate the need for you to move towards the sound of battle. Once the dogs have the boar at bay you can carefully take aim. Our trained Florida cur dogs are a combination of hound and bulldog.  We also use our famous redbone hound, Nana.

 

 

Spear & Knife Hunt

GUARANTEE POLICY: YES | FULLY GUIDED: YES | SWAMP BUGGY: YES

Feel your heart race and adrenaline rush as you get up close and personal with a wild boar on our fully guided spear and knife hunt. Hunting with a knife or a spear as our ancestors once did is a very challenging and exciting method and Ron's Guide Service is one of the few outfitters to offer this unique hunting style. Don't have a spear or knife? You can borrow ours for free!

 

 

Swamp Buggy Spot & Stalk

GUARANTEE POLICY: YES | FULLY GUIDED: YES | SWAMP BUGGY: YES

Bored of traditional spot and stalk tree stand and blind hunts? Our spot and stalk style hunting with a swamp buggy is full of action and excitement! We cruise around on our swamp buggy looking for wild boar. Sometimes hunters shoot from the buggy, other times they hop off and head into the brush. It is all about adapting to the situation. Wild boar have a great sense of smell and hearing, but poor eye sight so patience and a quick hand is needed when it comes to sneaking up on one. This style of hunting is without dogs.

 

 

Bow Hunting

GUARANTEE POLICY: YES | FULLY GUIDED: YES | SWAMP BUGGY: YES

Bow hunters from across the country hunt with Ron's Guide Service because we are one of the few guide services who are not intimidated by this thrilling hunting style. Some outfitters even charge a retrieval fee when you use a bow! The use of bow and arrow is the safest and most effective form of hunting. Among all other weapons, a bow and arrow requires a great amount of self-discipline and concentration. Some hunters aim from the ground, while others choose to use the height of the swamp buggy as an advantage.

 

 

Florida Wild Boar History

The Florida wild boar is the classic American razor-back piney woods rooter. Wild boar are not native to Florida. There are theories about the origins of Florida's feral hogs. One is that they are descendants of the swine that Ponce de Leon, Hernando DeSoto, and other early Spanish explorers brought over from Spain on their ships in the 1500's. After these black Spanish hogs quickly populated the state of Florida, the early settlers released domestic boar to upgrade the Florida feral strain which accounts for the color markings we see that sometimes resemble domestic hog breeds. Gestation is 115 days. Wild boar have an average of two litters per year with about ten young pigs per litter. They grow fast and reach 100 pounds in 12 months. They are omnivorous, eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately. The Florida wild boar is considered a trespass animal and are not managed by the state of Florida.

 

 

Wild Boar Size

Sows and young boar usually roam in large herds, while large boar with tusks tend to roam in small bands or as loners. Female boar, known as sows, do not have tusks. Most of our boar kills run in the 125 to 175 pound range. 200 to 300 pound boar are killed on a regular basis throughout the year by many of our hunters. Ron's Guide Service does not allow hunting of small boar which are less than 15 inches high at the shoulder. These boar are protected by the state and must be released.

 

 

Wild Boar Taste

Wild boar meat is very lean and extremely low in fat with a rich, almost nutty flavor that far surpasses that of conventional pork. It is considered gourmet cuisine and expensive to buy. Typically a young boar will have the best tasting meat.

 

 

Additional boar are $275.00 each and must be reserved prior to your hunt.

 

 

License

A license is not required to hunt wild boar in Florida.

 

 

Age Requirements

We allow youngsters who are at least six years old to hunt. Children as young as three enjoy riding on our swamp buggy.

 

 

Experience Level

Ron's Guide Service welcomes all levels of experience. Our guided hunts are perfect for first timers and advanced hunters. Our guides are experienced and patient to ensure you have a memorable hunt.

 

 

Non-Hunters

Our $20.00 per non-hunter rate permits a friend or youngster to tag along and watch, film, and participate in the excitement of the hunt.

 

 

Wild Boar Skinning & Butchering

Skinning, cleaning, and quartering is done shortly after your hunt. Our guides skin boar so fast you would think they had zippers on them!  You  can also have a professional butcher process your kill. Visit our butchers page for more details and a list of local butchers.

 

 

Taxidermy Preparation & Taxidermy

Taxidermy preparation is provided free by Ron's Guide Service which entails cleaning out the head of the boar or other requests you may have. Sometimes taxidermists require certain preparation before you bring them the animal so it is important to speak with your taxidermist prior to your hunt. After preparation of your kill you can take it to your taxidermist or your guide can assist you in finding a local taxidermist.

Ron's Guide Service DOES NOT provide taxidermy. Aside from skinning, cleaning, quartering, and taxidermy preparation, anything else that happens AFTER your experience is not the responsibility of Ron's Guide Service. We are not associated or affiliated with any taxidermists. Ron's Guide Service strictly handles your actual hunting, fishing, and tour experience, not what comes after it. We are not responsible for any recommendations made by your guide regarding taxidermists. Any arrangements you make regarding taxidermy is between you and the taxidermist. It is your responsibility to get the contact number of the taxidermist or your guide if he is handling any taxidermy request.

 

 

There are many options for getting your meat back home. Visit our transporting meat page for detailed solutions.

 

 

Transporting Weapons

Visit our transporting weapons page for detailed solutions.

 

 

Hunting Zone

According to the Florida hunting regulations handbook Glades County is classified as the south zone and Highlands and Okeechobee County are classified as central zones. These areas are considered to be the finest hunting zones in Florida.

 

 

What to Bring

Bringing a poncho or raincoat is advisable in order to be prepared for the temperamental Florida weather. Drinking plenty of liquids such as water during your Ron's Guide Service experience is also recommended. Light snacks like trail mix can tame hunger pains. Sunscreen is essential anytime you go out into the Florida sun. Bug repellant will keep away pesky mosquitos. A hat and sunglasses will also help keep the sun out of your face. Over-the-counter pain medications help to soothe aches and pains after a long day of adventure. If you plan to rent a car or drive while in Florida, bring small bills and coins for Florida's many toll roads. Bring your camera, extra batteries, the charger, and extra memory cards or film. We recommend a large ice cooler (60 qt. or larger) to pack your meat in. You will also need to supply your own ice. It is important you purchase your ice before arriving. We are not responsible for spoiled meat if you come unprepared. There is no ATM and most of our guides do not accept credit cards so make sure you bring cash. You will want to bring the exact balance due plus additional cash to tip your guide. Most licenses can be purchased upon arrival but some you can purchase in advance which will save time. You are welcome to bring your favorite weapon if you are not borrowing one of ours. Ammunition can be purchased without a license anywhere in the state of Florida.

 

Coolers, ice, ammunition and other items are not available for purchase at the hunting site.

What to Wear
Camouflage is fun but not necessary. When visiting Florida in the 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. We recommend closed-toe footwear such as sneakers and rubber boots.

 

 

Lodging & Campgrounds

There are plenty of nearby accommodations to fit your needs and budget. Some even offer discounts to our clients! Visit our lodging & campgrounds page for places to stay.

 

 

Nearby Airports

We are located about 70 miles from Palm Beach International Airport and about 13 miles from Okeechobee County Airport.


Palm Beach International Airport
1000 James L Turnage Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33415


Okeechobee County Airport
2800 NW 20th Trail
Okeechobee, FL 34972

 

 

Map & Directions

The wonderful thing about Ron's Guide Service is our experiences are conveniently located to all popular Florida vacation destinations such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, Key West, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, and the Walt Disney World Resort. In order to know exactly how far we are from your starting location click on the attraction you are interested in using the map below. A bubble will pop up. Select "Directions". A new page will open in Google maps. Enter your starting address and click "get directions".


Every experience must be reserved prior to your arrival. Do not come to any of our locations without a reservation.

 
Wild Boar and Alligator Hunting Location
Okeechobee, FL 34974

 

Lake Okeechobee Fishing, Duck Hunting, and Tours Location
Okeechobee, FL 34974
 
Cudjoe Key Fishing Location

Cudjoe Key, FL 33042


 

Guest Policies
  • We encourage hunters to utilize all meat and leave nothing to waste. Meat not taken will be donated. Hides and remains of carcasses after butchering go in the deep freeze for the alligators.
  • Our $275.00 all inclusive wild boar hunting rate guarantees each hunter a kill of one wild boar of either sex. $100.00 will be refunded in cash if our guides are unable to provide a hunter with an opportunity to kill a boar. 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.
  • 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.
  • Ron's Guide Service does not provide shipping, taxidermy, lodging, or professional butchering and is not responsible for the quality of service you encounter. We are not affiliated with other businesses and are not responsible for any recommendations made by your captain, guide, or other staff.