If you are considering coming to Florida in pursuit of a Wild Boar, the following should be considered prior to arranging a hunt.
Please be careful in the selection of the hunting operation you choose in Florida. There are numerous FALSE and MISLEADING statements made on websites advertising wild boar hunts in Florida. The most common one is the use of the statement "FAIR CHASE". There are several operations which state "Fair Chase hunts" which I have first hand knowledge are "Canned Hunts" in small enclosures. These operators are purchasing hogs trapped or caught by dogs on other properties and releasing them in their enclosures prior to the hunt.
These operators purchase them for as little as twenty dollars each (less than 40 pounds are usually free) in trailer loads by individuals who are trapping them with contracts with the state to remove them from state lands or from other landowners where they are creating a nuisance. They lease or own small acreage areas which are fenced in to conduct their hunts. This explains the reason some operators can provide their hunts at such a low cost to the customer.
"Canned hunts" are basically where the customer is guaranteed a kill by the operator pre-capturing the animal or purchasing it and releasing it into an enclosure where the hunter can take a shot at it.
Canned hunting operations, also referred to as "shooting preserves" or "game ranches" or "farms", are private hunting operations that offer their customers the opportunity to kill exotic or native animals that are trapped within enclosures for a price.
If the operation offers exotic animal hunting, they are a "hunting preserve" and the hunt is a "Canned Hunt". There is one website stating "Our animals are "free ranging" but also state "within the preserve". If animals are in an enclosure, they are not "FREE RANGING" and it is not "FAIR CHASE".
Prior to booking a hunt with an operation in Florida, customers seeking a "fair chase hunt" should require the operator to give a money back guarantee if the hunt they book turns out to be a "Canned Hunt" upon their arrival. We have customers who have arrived at one guide service to find the hogs in a very small enclosure. They explained to the operator that they booked a hunting adventure and didn't want to just shoot a hog in a pen. The operator just stated fine, I will just keep your deposit.
Another common practice is to place a hog in a small box or cage and conceal it in heavy cover out of sight of the customer or to just tie the feet of the hog and place the hog in heavy cover. They then ride along with the customer on a vehicle (generally using dogs), when the dog strikes the scent of the hog and begins barking, the guide tells the customer to wait on the vehicle until he goes and makes sure "it's safe to go in there" and gets off and releases the hog without the customers knowledge. This is a common practice. We have numerous clients which have caught the person or guide releasing the hog. This has occurred with several different guide services.
Florida does not license or require permits for hunting guides nor do they have any minimum requirements for them. I urge you to be careful in selecting a guide for your outdoor recreational time in Florida. If you have a bad experience with an outfitter or guide in Florida, please contact the Florida Game and Fish Commission to file a complaint. You can also file a complaint with the Florida Division of Consumer Services.
Make sure you ask for references. Any legitimate operator will gladly supply references on request. Ask for references, which have hunted with the operation more than once. Operations that have repeat customers are a good indication of a quality operation.
We will gladly provide references on request. Unbiased references can be reviewed online at our tripadvisor page located at the following link:
Everglades Adventures on TripAdvisor
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We provide an excellent adventure for our customers. We provide approximately a 98% opportunity for a client to get the shot of their choice. Our shots are usually from shooting sticks (if gun hunting) at 40 yards or less. Bow hunters and handgun hunters are usually less than 20 yards. With this stated, customers should realize that the more difficult they attempt to make the hunt (such as bow, long bow, handgun, black powder, etc.) you are decreasing your chances on success. Rifle hunters with scopes are the most successful (99-100%).
Also, If you are coming on a hunt, please practice, practice, practice with the weapon of your choice prior to the hunt. I know this is hard to believe but we have a large percentage of our clients (rifle hunters) miss (or worse, wound the animal) at 40 yards, on shooting sticks, broadside shots. Our policy on shooting, if you miss completely, we will attempt (time permitting) to get you a second shot, if you miss the second shot your hunt is over. If you wound an animal, that is your animal. Your guide will make every attempt to trail or track the animal. You will not be permitted a second without an additional charge.
Success rates and how they are determined can be very tricky. You need to understand how each individual operator determines them. Anything above 90% is a good rate if they are truly hunting fair chase and are being truthful about the rate.
Lodging is up to the client. You should ask for a description of the lodge or camp. You might even ask for pictures of the inside. These pictures are of both bedrooms of our cabin. Just be sure you are satisfied with what they offer for the money. Florida offers everything from large extravagant lodges to tents in the bush.
The operation you choose should have a taxidermist available that handles lots of wild boar. If at all possible ask for his name prior to the hunt and call and talk to him personally. We will gladly supply ours. If he is a legitimate taxidermist he should be able to answer any of your questions. This service should be included in the hunt. If not it should at least be available to you.
Remember to ask lots of questions, talk to the references they supply, get as much information as you can. Remember, research, research, research. There is a lot of false advertising from operations in Florida due to the demand for wild boar hunts. Websites which provide little or no information concerning their operation such as not providing the owners name or just a post office box or not providing any address at all, must make you ask yourself why? Don't trust what the operator tells you. Check operations out through other means. Contact the state game commission. Here is the link to there website: http://MYFWC.COM. Remember, don't believe everything you hear or read. Especially on websites.