Everglades Adventures offers alligator hunting year round and a guaranteed opportunity to harvest while hunting fair chase on over 25,000 acres of private ranches in South Florida.
PRIVATE LANDS DAYLIGHT HUNTS (Trophy and Non-Trophy)
Our private lands alligators are located in canals, water retention areas, ponds, lakes, marshes, cypress strands and swamps on our private ranches. We utilize airboats, swamp buggies and specialized four-wheel drive trucks.
We offer daytime private lands hunts year round for clients interested in harvesting the alligator with the use of a firearm on a spot and stalk safari style hunt. These hunts allow the client to use rifles or handguns for the harvest. Rifles in calibers 243, 270, 30-06 are a great choice and handguns in calibers 357, .44 and .45 are best.
We provide all licenses and permits for these hunts as well as handle all of the paperwork associated with the alligator harvest. We have hundreds of CITES tags on hand for use in these hunts.
Alligator hunting requires the use of CITES (Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species) tags issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for use in their Alligator program. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important to safeguard these resources for the future. We apply for our tags in the private lands program offered by the State. It is a requirement that a CITES tag is placed in the tail of all alligators harvested.
In order to obtain a alligator hunting license for our client's we require the client's name, address, date of birth, social security number, height, weight, color of hair, sex, race, e-mail address, drivers license number and if a NON-US citizen a passport number.
We have all necessary equipment available for any of our alligator hunts. We have any required firearm available for our clients. The use of any of our equipment and firearms is included in the hunt and is offered at no additional charge.
Upon arrival you will be required to shoot the desired weapon of choice to prove accuracy of the weapon and your shooting ability. We will discuss shot placement on the alligator depending on the angle of the required shot. Our shots range from thirty to around seventy yards. We do utilize African style three legged shooting sticks for a rest.
We pre-scout our trophy hunts prior to your arrival. Our smaller alligators (less than eight feet) scouting is not necessary as we have hundreds on our different private ranches.
Camouflage clothing is required when hunting TROPHY ALLIGATORS during daytime hunts. Our alligators are WILD alligators and stalking them is similar to stalking any other trophy animal.
We provide bottled water and soft drinks on all of our hunts. We also supply any ice for the hunt as well as any additional ice for your coolers to pack your meat. We recommend a large ice cooler (60 quart or larger).
Lodging and meals are included in our trophy alligator hunts which last more than one day. We have lodging available both on and off site. Additional information concerning lodging can be found at one of the following links: ON SITE LODGING or OFF SITE LODGING.
Clients should consider bringing a Poncho or raincoat, sunscreen, sunglasses and hat, camera and bug spray along on your hunt.
We require a 100% (one hundred-percent) deposit to confirm your reservation. Payments can be made by cash, personal or business check, traveler's check, cashier's check or money order. Checks should be made payable to EVERGLADES ADVENTURES. The deposit's are non-refundable, but are transferable within the current season as scheduling permits. Thirty (30) day advance notice of cancellation is required.
PRIVATE LANDS NIGHT HUNTS (Trophy and Non-Trophy)
This option is the best for clients interested in utilizing a recurve bow, compound bow, crossbow, harpoon or fishing rod for the capture and a bang stick for the harvest. Our nighttime hunts are conducted with the use of airboats. These hunts are similar to our public waters hunts except they are offered year-round. We have over 600 acres of private lakes for use in these hunts.
If using a bow you should have a minimum of thirty-five pounds draw weight and should be rigged with a bow fishing reel attachment with a retrieval line of 200 pound test minimum.
Our night hunters should wear dark clothing on the airboats as light colored clothing reflects light.
||Our boat is a 2004 18' Hamant. It has seating for four adults including the driver. It has a 620 horsepower, 496 cubic inch big block Chevrolet engine with a 2.38 stinger gearbox with an 82 inch three blade propeller. It has a 40 gallon fuel tank, stainless engine cage, polymer bottom, four trolling batteries with dual lenco trolling motors with remote handheld controls, three storage lockers, two independent live wells, brush guard, non-skid inside finish, AM/FM CD stereo, Garman chart plotter/GPS, VHF radio, and all required US Coast Guard equipment.
RATES: PRIVATE LANDS
Small Alligator Hunt. COST $1000.00 (Guaranteed Opportunity)
This hunt includes one full day of alligator hunting for one person Florida resident or non-resident, necessary licenses and tags, transportation to the different ranches, guides, one alligator (four to six feet) and meals. The client would receive the whole alligator tagged for transportation. The cost of processing is not included on this hunt. However, we can process the alligator for you. Please see processing below.
Standard Alligator Hunt. COST $1750.00 (Guaranteed Opportunity)
This hunt includes one full day of alligator hunting for one person Florida resident or non-resident, necessary licenses and tags, transportation to the different ranches, guides, one alligator (six to eight feet) and meals. The client would receive the whole alligator tagged for transportation. The cost of processing is not included on this hunt. However, we can process the alligator for you. Please see processing below.
Standard Trophy Hunt. COST $2750.00
This hunt includes two full days of alligator hunting for one person, Florida resident or non-resident, one nights lodging, necessary licenses and tags, transportation to the different ranches, guides, one alligator (eight to ten feet) and meals. The client would receive the processed alligator hide and alligator head (taxidermy ready, fresh frozen). Processing is included in this hunt. The client would also receive any desired meat from their alligator.
Additional Trophy Fees for VERY LARGE GATORS!
Alligators greater than 10 feet to 11 feet in length additional $1000.00 total cost $3750.00
Alligators greater than 11 feet to 12 feet in length additional $2000.00 total cost $4750.00
Alligators greater than 12 feet to 13 feet in length additional $3000.00 total cost $5750.00
Alligators greater than 13 feet in length additional $4750.00 total cost $7500.00.
Processing of the alligator is only included in certain hunts. The hunts where processing is not included, we can process your alligator for you at an additional charge. The cost of the processing of your alligator will depend on the desired use of your alligator.
Clients who plan on having their hide tanned for product (belly hide) such as boots, purse, belts, etc. and are having the head shoulder mounted or table mounted or having the head used in a glass table mounted environment (such as the one pictured below) will have their alligator skinned using one method. The cost for this method of skinning is based on $20.00 per foot.
Clients who plan on having a full body mount or are having it utilized for any rug type mount will be skinned using a different method. The cost for this method of skinning is based on $25.00 per foot.
We have an ice plant and cold storage available to us for use in our hunts. Your alligator will need to be iced down and stored for 24 hours prior to processing. We also supply any ice for the hunt as well as any additional ice for your coolers to pack your meat. We recommend clients bring a large ice cooler (60 qt. or bigger).
All meat processed from these hunts may not be sold to other individuals. The meat can be given away to other individuals by the trapper or agent but cannot be sold commercially.
We have several reputable taxidermists which specialize in alligators and can handle all aspects of mounting, shipping and can be trusted to handle your taxidermy work.
Our clients are issued a written receipt for any taxidermy work prior to their departure. We list the CITES tag number of the clients alligator on the taxidermist receipt.
Our taxidermist's pick up the skins or mounts from our headquarters and transfer them back to their studios. They will contact you at that time concerning your mount, cost of any taxidermy work being preformed, deposit on the work, etc.
Additional charges for shipping hides, heads and showcases are based on the taxidermist's costs.
The alligator coffee table or showcase pictured above is approximately five feet long, two feet wide and thirty inches in height. The case shown contains a shoulder mount of an alligator approximately eleven feet in length.
Prices on taxidermy work depend on the size of the alligator and the type of mount desired.
The prices listed below are general prices subject to change and don't include shipping and handling.
Head Mounts are measured in inches from the distance from center eye to end of nose. They come in three basic types. Table top heads with felt are $40.00 per inch. Table top heads with a back shell or the jowls of the gator included are $50.00 per inch. Wall shoulder mount with a wooden plaque similar to a deer head mount are $55.00 per inch.
European Mounts are just the bone skull of the alligator and they are measured full length of the skull and are $20.00 per inch.
Rug Mounts with head and feet similar to a bear rug style mount are $150.00 per linear foot.
Life Size Mounts are 325.00 per linear foot for alligators up to eleven feet and $400.00 per linear foot for alligators over eleven feet.
Coffee tables or showcase similar to the one pictured above start at $1800.00.
Hides being tanned for product (belly hide) such as boots, purse, belts, etc. all depend on the type of finish required and the size of the alligator hide. The skinned alligator hide is measured in centimeters across the widest part of the belly. To give a basic idea, an eight foot alligator measures approximately 52 centimeters and costs around $5.40 per centimeter for a classic finish in most colors or $280.00 plus shipping costs.
An informative video on alligator skinning and leather products can be viewed below: