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 our latest clients are saying!
There is a lot of information on the internet about these controversial topics. Ron’s Guide Service is dedicated to being as informative as possible.
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 and do not offer hunts for a specific type of boar. 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.
Fair Chase Hunts
Occasionally we get asked if we conduct fair chase hunts. This is a very broad question and very debatable on what that is according to hunter.
According to Boone and Crockett, which is the oldest wildlife conservation organization in North America, fair chasehunting is the ethical, sportsman-like, lawful pursuit, and taking of any free-ranging, wild, native North American big game animal that does not give the hunter an unfair advantage. 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 boar are not native to Florida and we use swamp buggies on our hunts to get around safely. According to list you would need to travel to Europe and hunt wild boar on foot in order for your hunt to be considered fair chase.
High Fence Hunts
Another question we get asked a lot is if we have high fences on our property. Wild pigs do a great deal of damage to net wire fences which are generally used to confine deer and goats. Wild boar tear them up or lift them up off the ground to gain access and therefore leave “holes” that deer and goats can pass through. Remember boar burrow. If they could be contained easily there would not be so much property damage.
Wild boar can also jump over fences less than 3 feet high. 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 provide the best results. We do not have any fencing on our property that trap boar. Your hunt is conducted on over 500 acres of private land so you may see wire fencing from neighboring properties that act as land markers or to keep deer out. These land markers are not capable of containing wild boar.
We offer wild boar hunting year-round. October through April and major holidays tend to be busiest. Many of our experiences sell out quickly so make sure you allow enough time in advance to reserve your experience. Do you have a date and time in mind? Check out our book online page to see if it is available!
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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. Once a dog has a boar we cannot pull the dog off of it in most circumstances. Spot and stalk style hunting requires skill and patience. Since we do not use dogs on our spot and stalk style hunts they tend to be more time consuming. 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!
Your hunt is typically private and consists of your party and guide. There is no minimum or maximum number of participants when it comes to party size. Our wild boar 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.
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. Visit our loaner weapons page which includes pictures and more details.
Free Loaner Available
|Free Loaner Model Type|
|.243 mag, .22 mag|
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.
We recommend buckshot 2 3/4 inch #4 or 00. 12 gauge deer slug shells 2 3/4 inch smoothbore or rifled barrel can also be used. A five shell 2 3/4 inch box will be enough for each hunter. 100 grain is plenty for our 243 rifle. Ammunition can be purchased without a license anywhere in the state of Florida.
You will be able to sight in your weapon when you arrive at the hunting area.
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 multiple buggies, each buggy accommodates eight passengers.
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.
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!
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 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.
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 is not managed by the state of Florida.
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.They are omnivorous, eating all kinds of foods indiscriminately. The Florida wild boar is considered a trespass animal and is not managed by the state of Florida.
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.
A license is not required to hunt wild boar on our property.
We allow youngsters who are at least six years old to hunt. Children as young as three enjoy riding on our swamp buggy.
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.
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.
Skinning 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 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.
Want to try out your new rifle or Granpa’s vintage gun? Visit our transporting weapons page for detailed solutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Wild Boar and Alligator Hunting Location
1921 Fulmar Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34974
Lake Okeechobee Fishing, Duck Hunting, and Tours Location
1505 Florida 78 West, Okeechobee, FL 34974
- 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. We are not affiliated with other businesses and are not responsible for any recommendations made by your captain, guide, or other staff.