Certificate of Excellence, #1 Outdoor Activity in Okeechobee, Florida 954 582 6647

Fully Guided
Duck Hunt

$200 Sale!

$175 per hunter

Experience Includes
USCG Professional and Insured Private Guide

Fully Equipped Boat

always Free…
duck calling and retrieval

gratuities, weapons, license, ammunition, coolers, and ice are not included.

5:00 AM 2:00 PM 

Average duration
4 hours

FLEXPAY Deposit amount

$50 per hunter

Ron’s Guide Service FLEXPAY is a convenient way to book the experiences you want without breaking your budget. It’s really quite simple. Pay the required deposit now with your debit or credit card. Balance in cash not due until the day of your experience.

Welcome y’all

Florida duck hunting on Lake Okeechobee has always been excellent even in years when duck migrations were poor. Lake Okeechobee is roughly 750 square miles with a shallow depth and a vast array of water plants which is perfect for attracting migratory ducks. Ron’s Guide Service is considered to be the best in all of Florida and perhaps the nation when it comes to duck hunting. You can expect to limit out on duck, or run out of shells trying!
There is so much to learn about duck hunting, especially for first time hunters which is why we recommend you read this entire page for the most detailed information on our duck hunt.

According to the Florida Wildlife Commission, marshes along the Western shore of Lake Okeechobee, from Okeechobee to Moore Haven, provide the best duck hunting in South Florida. The easiest waterfowl hunting occurs at the edges of Lake Okeechobee. The thickets along the marshes provide more coverage making it very easy for our hunters to get a good shot.

Both phases have been proven successful. The main difference seems to be the location of ducks. In December ducks tend to be farther into the marsh. We have a good number of resident ducks such as Ring-necks, Ruddy Ducks and Black Mallards. After cold weather hits South Georgia and North Florida  we see more Teal.

The chances of getting your limit of ducks is good in the beginning of the season, the ducks are not as spooked! You will get shots!
Successful Young Duck Hunter
Our duck hunts are fully guided and perfect for new and experienced hunters. We do not drop hunters off in the lake to fend for themselves. Your guide sets up decoys, calls ducks, retrieves all downed birds, and can assist you in identifying species. Retrieval happens after the hunt is complete, as soon as all of your ducks are down in the water. The captain will pull the duck boat right up to them and retrieve them for you. We limit the number of hunters we take out at a time per boat (3) which creates a more personal experience and allows individual attention, although we do accommodate larger parties on multiple boats, depending on availability.
Duck Hunter with Guide in Waders

We offer duck hunting throughout the entire duck hunting season. Our duck hunts 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!

Hunting Season Dates

First Phase: November 21st – November 29th, 2015*

Second Phase: December 12th, 2015 – January 31st, 2016*

*season dates subject to change until finalized


Hunting Season Times (Monday – Sunday)

5:00AM        2:00PM


Recommended Hunting Time

Duck hunting and sleeping in late do not make for a successful hunt! Most hunters will agree that daybreak is one of the best times to duck hunt, however ducks tend to move throughout the day, especially as it gets colder. No matter what time you choose we have had success with both our 5:00 AM and 2:00 PM hunt.


Hunt Length

Our duck hunting lasts about four hours or until you limit out on ducks. Don’t be surprised if the captain keeps you out a little longer, or if your hunt goes a lot more quickly because you limit out!

Two Duck Hunters at Late Evening Hunt

Most often our hunters bag a mixed variety of species. Wood ducks are not common on Lake Okeechobee. Some of the most commonly bagged species include mottled ducks, ring necks, ruddy duck (blue-bill) and teal.

Bag limits for the 2015-2016 waterfowl season have been released by the FWC. A summary of the limits can be found below and are subject to change. Please follow all bag limit restrictions found on the FWC website here. Your guide is well versed in the bag limits and will make sure to follow all bag limit laws.

2015-2016 Hunting Season Bag Limits From the FWC:

Duck – The daily bag limit of ducks is six. The six-duck limit shall consist of no more than one black duck; one mottled duck (Florida duck); one fulvous whistling-duck; two canvasbacks; two pintails; two redheads; two scaup; three wood ducks; four scoters; four mallards (no more than two of which may be females). All other species of duck (except harlequin ducks) may be taken up to the six-duck daily limit. The possession limit is three days’ bag limit. Taking or attempting to take harlequin ducks is prohibited.

Coot –The daily bag/possession limit is 15/45

Hunters Reach Bag Limit Ducks on the Boat with Ron's Guide Service

Shotguns not larger than 10-Gauge are recommended (by law) for duck hunting. Shotguns capable of holding more than three shells must be plugged to a three-shell capacity with a one-piece filler that cannot be removed without disassembling the gun. A shiny gun barrel is the number one cause of ducks spotting a hunter and not coming near the decoys so we advise wrapping them in Camo tape. Our hunts are only conducted with shotguns.

Duck Hunters with Shotguns in the Sawgrass

We strongly recommend steel shotgun shells (50 rounds per each hunter) in sizes such as BB, 1, 2, or 4. If you are planning on using other shot types please make sure they are nontoxic. Nontoxic shot regulations apply only to waterfowl, defined as the family Anatidae (ducks, geese, [including brant], and swans) and coots. Nontoxic shot is defined as any shot type that does not cause sickness and death when ingested by migratory birds. Coatings of copper, nickel, tin, zinc, zinc chloride, and zinc chrome on nontoxic shot types are also approved.

Approved Shot Type* Percent Composition By Weight*
Bismuth-tin 97 bismuth, and 3 tin
Iron (steel) iron and carbon
Iron-tungsten any proportion of tungsten, and >1 iron
Iron-tungsten-nickel >1 iron, any proportion of tungsten, and up to 40 nickel
Tungsten-bronze 51.1 tungsten, 44.4 copper, 3.9 tin, and 0.6 iron,
or 60 tungsten, 35.1 copper, 3.9 tin, and 1 iron
Tungsten-iron-copper-nickel 40-76 tungsten, 10-37 iron, 9-16 copper, and 5-7 nickel
Tungsten-matrix 95.9 tungsten, 4.1 polymer
Tungsten-polymer 95.5 tungsten, 4.5 Nylon 6 or 11
Tungsten-tin-iron any proportions of tungsten and tin, and >1 iron
Tungsten-tin-bismuth any proportions of tungsten, tin, and bismuth
Tungsten-tin-iron-nickel 65 tungsten, 21.8 tin, 10.4 iron, and 2.8 nickel
Tungsten-iron-polymer 41.5-95.2 tungsten, 1.5-52.0 iron, and 3.5-8.0 fluoropolymer

*All information subject to change, please follow shot regulation guidelines from the FWC, which can be found here.

**Ammunition can be purchased at the hunting meeting location for duck hunting.

Our duck hunts take place off of a 17 foot aluminum duck boat, which is fully camouflaged. Our boat accommodates up to three passengers, and we use multiple boats for larger parties. We have three brand new boats for the 2015-2016 duck hunting season!
Fully Camouflaged Duck Hunting Boat

Duck hunting with decoys is conducted by standing in 2 to 3 feet or more of water, or sitting on the duck boat. Duck hunters will be taken out by boat or airboat and placed in a natural vegetation blind of reeds, around small floating grass islands, or remain on the boat. The setup varies based on the level of the lake. The 2013-14 and 2014-15 duck hunting seasons saw abnormally high lake levels, so all of our hunting was done from the boats.

Decoys will be set out by your guide who will remain in view incase you need assistance. You can choose either stationery or mechanical decoys. You can also bring your own standard mallard mouth operated duck call if you are an experienced duck hunter and would prefer to call the ducks yourself.

Duck Decoys in Camouflage Hunting Boat
During normal lake levels, Ron’s Guide Service welcomes duck hunting retrievers. You can bring your dog free of charge, but we do not have trained duck retrieval dogs here. A body vest is vital in keeping your dog warm. A plastic top 3 x 3 foot folding card table or plastic lawn chair will allow your dog a place to sit above the water. During high lake levels as seen in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 duck hunting seasons, the lake levels were 2-3 feet above normal. We did not allow hunting with dogs as a safety precaution for them. Dog safety is a major priority at Ron’s Guide Service. Depending on the lake levels, hunting with your dogs cannot be guaranteed.
Ducks Retrieved by Dogs After Hunt
Duck hunting has been a major part of human history. Floridian history is no exception. Duck hunting can be traced as far back as the paleo people who lived here 10,000 years ago, to the Seminole and Tequesta Native American tribes, through today. Duck hunting has been a major staple in early American settlers’ diets because of the abundance of waterfowl. Hunting methods have changed over time, from spear and arrow hunting in prehistoric times, to using live ducks as decoys in early America, and using calls and shotguns in modern times. Keeping up the historic tradition of duck hunting is something that Ron’s Guide Service does with great pride.
Historical Duck Hunting Photo
The most common duck species for eating are Ring-necked, Wood, Teal and Mottled. The flavor of duck species depends on what they eat. Avoid hunting fish eating ducks, stick to the dabblers, not divers. Fish eating ducks have fishy skin, and a very strong, gamey and fishy flavor that is not very desirable. Dabblers such as the Ring-necked, wood, and teal are all desirable because of their mild flavor which is similar to farm duck, but with a distinct, wild flavor. Mottled duck is larger than other species and is popular with chefs because of the light flavor and texture of the meat. The more fat on the duck, the better the cooking and the more flavor the duck will have. Many people combine wild boar meat and duck meat to make sausages. The flavors are complementary, and the textures make a unique combination that will be all the craze at your next cookout.
Flavor of Wild Duck

A Florida Hunting License, Florida Duck Stamp, Migratory Bird Permit, and Federal Duck Stamp are required to hunt ducks in Florida. Some exemptions may apply, for instance, hunters aged 15 and under and over the age of 65 are not required to have a license. Please check with the FWC for all licensing rules and information. All licenses and permits can be purchase through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. You can call or visit their website for more information:

Walmart in the town of Okeechobee sells all of the required licenses and is open 24 hours:

Walmart Super Center
2101 South Parrot Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974
(863) 763-7070

Florida Hunting License Rates*


Florida Resident Hunting License $17.50
Florida Stamp $5.00
Federal Stamp $17.50
Non Resident 10-Day Florida Hunting License $46.50
Florida Stamp $5.00
Federal Stamp $17.50

*These are sample prices meant as a guideline. For all up-to-date pricing please call or visit the FWC website. Licenses can also be purchased at the hunting meeting location.

FWC Logo
We allow youngsters who are at least 12 years old to hunt. They must have proof of completion of a hunter safety course.
Young Duck Hunter after Hunt
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. Keep in mind that duck hunting can be quite challenging since the targets are moving. A skilled shot is recommended but not required for our duck hunts.
Experienced Duck Hunters Aim at Distant Target
Our $50.00 per non-hunter rate permits a friend or youngster to tag along and watch, film, and participate in the excitement of the hunt.
Hunter with Duck and Non-hunter at His Side
Duck cleaning is available by your guide and costs $10 per duck. Visit our butchers page for more details and a list of local butchers.
Ducks Ready for Cleaning After Hunt

Your guide can assist you in finding a local taxidermist, but keep in mind that Ron’s Guide Service DOES NOT provide taxidermy. Aside from the hunting experience itself, anything else that happens AFTER your experience is not the responsibility of Ron’s Guide Service, including duck cleaning, butchering, and taxidermy. We are not associated or affiliated with any taxidermists. Ron’s Guide Service strictly handles your actual hunting 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.

Ducks with Beautiful Colors Ready for Taxidermy after Hunt

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

Hunter with Ducks After Hunt

Visit our transporting weapons page for detailed solutions.

Weapon Case

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.

Ron's Guide Service Hunting Zone

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 repellent will keep away pesky mosquitoes. 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 (40-60 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.

Camouflage is essential for duck hunting because you must get the ducks into close shotgun range without them spotting you before you can shoot them. The most important camouflage clothing for duck hunting is that which covers the upper body, arms, and face. Stick to browns and greens when selecting camo color. Florida brush does not get light tan and light brown in the winter as it does in the North. The colors tend to stay in the greens/browns. Avoid wearing shiny jewelry and reflective sunglasses. Camouflage apparel can be purchased inexpensively at Wal-Mart in town, or at the duck hunting meeting location.

What To Wear on a Duck Hunt Hunters in Full Camouflage with Ducks

Camouflage is essential for duck hunting because you must get the ducks into close shotgun range without them spotting you before you can shoot them. The most important camouflage clothing for duck hunting is that which covers the upper body, arms, and face. Avoid wearing shiny jewelry and reflective sunglasses. Camouflage apparel can be purchased inexpensively at Wal-Mart in town, or at the duck hunting meeting location.

Hunting Wild Boar Duck and Alligator and Fishing Near Lake Okeechobee Cabins

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

Airport Near Okeechobee Florida

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

We encourage hunters to utilize all meat and leave nothing to waste from your duck hunt.

Our duck hunting rate does not guarantee a kill. We do guarantee that you will get a clear shot at a duck, weather and natural migratory patterns permitting. 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.