FAQ

Hi Friends,
We appreciate this opportunity to provide you with some information about our “Gator Hunts”.

This will be an excellent opportunity to have a fun filled family adventure. You will see Florida’s wildlife at its best. You will travel through marshlands, in the middle of the night, gliding in just a few inches of water on an airboat. It’s like a never-ending carnival ride.

Before selecting your guide for this exciting and dangerous hunting adventure, we hope you will consider some of the following:
We are located 45 minutes southeast of Orlando, and just 30 minutes south of Kennedy Space Center. Beautiful public beaches are only five miles away. There are numerous family activities to do in the area.

Safety is important to us. Each guide has a cell phones and a well-stocked first aid kit. They carry a surplus of equipment, and we always have a “what if” plan. We have enough experienced guides to conduct trips for more than a dozen hunters at a time. Our guides will do everything within their abilities to
insure that you have a safe and memorable adventure. Our guides will provide you with as many opportunities as possible to harvest one of Florida’s ageless dinosaurs.

In the past 20 years we have conducted more guided gator hunts than any other guide service in the State of Florida. Each year we see more return clients, due to their successful hunt, and our attention to the small details. We are endorsed by more Professional Hunters than any other alligator guides. Most of
them have hunted with us on several occasions. We have been featured on more than 25 shows on “T.N.N. OUTDOORS”, as well as “E.S.P.N.2”, and the OUTDOOR CHANNEL. We have also been featured in a few dozen magazine articles, and books.

For three consecutive years, we were the sole driving force working with the Record Book Committee of Safari Club International. We meet with them, at our expense, at their national convention each year. This was done to provide the information that they needed about the American Alligator. In January 1998,
S.C.I. made the decision to place alligators over nine feet in length into the record books.

We have maintained an outstanding working relationship with S.C.I. for the past sixteen years. We have donated hunts to the National convention and local chapters for the past sixteen years. Our donations
have exceeded $80,000 and counting. With your support, we hope to be able to continue our donations.

In 2005, we were honored to have been chosen from the vast number of gator guides in Florida, to assist the Florida Game Commission, in a promotional alligator hunt. This hunt was to target hunters via television and magazine articles. We have worked closely with Florida’s Game Commission for years dealing with the Alligator Programs. We have worked hard to educate hunters on the National, and International levels about the American Alligator. We are pleased to be the only people that provide a safety class for Law Enforcement Divers dealing with Alligators. We have also provided training to Officers on the laws and regulation governing the Alligator hunting programs. We are pleased to have an
outstanding reputation with the Florida Game Commission.

In January of 2009, we were featured in the “Safari Club International” magazine. The article was authored by the world famous hunter “Jim Shockey”. It outlined our hunt for a giant gator, over 12 feet
long. It was ranked as #1 with a muzzle loader in S.C.I.’s record book. In 2008 and again in 2010 we worked with the “Foundation for Hope”. The foundation provides funding for physically challenged hunters to participate in hunts around the country. We were able to take some young hunters on an exciting hunting adventure. We have been doing these types of donated hunts since 2001 when we became involved with the “HUNTS OF A LIFE TIME” program. This hunt was for a terminally ill child. We are the only alligator guides these great organizations send these young hunters to. Please help them to continue their great work in any way you can. Ask your local hunting club chapter to send a small donation each
year from their annual fundraises. If you know of any young hunters that may be eligible to take part in one of the foundations variety of hunts, please call them today 517-372-8300.

Our packages include pick up and return to the Melbourne airport, lodging, all licenses and state fees. The alligator is yours, the head, hide, meat and all of that attitude that goes with it. We will make your reservations for two nights at a local hotel.

We supply the boats, all equipment, and an experienced guide. There are no additional fees for the time and expense of delivering and retrievingyour gator to/from the processor. We will also deliver your items to the local shippers or our local taxidermist.

“SPORT HUNTS”

These hunts are done on private property all year. The gators are approximately 7 – 7 1/2 in length. These are either day hunts with rifles, or night hunts from airboats with bows or harpoons. These are one day hunts, but can require a second day due to weather. If the hunt requires a second night due to weather there is no additional charge. I have the tags for these hunts; this is not a draw type hunt. The fee for a sport hunt is $1,850.

“TROPHY HUNTS”

Trophy hunts are done all year. These are three days or two nights. Alligators can be taken with rifles (day hunts) bows or harpoons (night hunts). We supply all needed equipment. Some hunts are done from the
shoreline and some are done out of airboats. (All night hunts are done from airboats). There is no drawing for these tags. I have tags in hand. We do extensive scouting prior to each hunt from airboats, trucks, four wheelers and even swamp buggies. If for any reason we are unable to bag the first gator, we always have others scouted out. When scouting we look for the largest gator possible, not the minimum nine footers. These hunts are done on private lakes and canals. Make no mistake, these are not gators that have been trapped or farmed and released just before the hunt. These are 100 percent free ranging, tail slapping, and mouth snapping, boat biting, wild gators with an all around bad attitude. (They have a worse attitude than your mother-in-law did the night she showed up at your bachelor party).

The fee for a Trophy hunt is $4,500.

Trophy fees:

  • $500 for 9-10 feet
  • $1,000 up to 11 feet
  • $1,500 up to12 feet
  • $2,000 up to 13 feet
  • $2,500 over 13 feet

Additional sport size gators may be taken on any private land hunt.Only by the same hunter and method at the same time for $450 each.

“PUBLIC HUNTS”

August 15, through October 31. Several thousand permits will be issued. First come, first serve, or a lottery. These tags normally sell out in 3 or 4 hours. Nonresident trapper’s fees are $1,000. Your agent’s fee is included in your package price. These are by far the best package deals. These hunts can only be done at night from airboats, with harpoons, bows or crossbows. This is by far the most exciting and challenging method of harvesting alligators. These are all night hunts, for one night. It may require a second night if we have bad weather. In 2009 the last gator of the season we took was over 10 feet long. On one of the State’s premium Trophy lakes, we averaged well over 11 feet. Our hunters also took several shots at different gators over twelve feet long. In 2010, on the last night of the season, a local hunter harvested a monstrous NEW STATE RECORD AT 14 FEET AND 3 AND A HALF INCHES GIANT on these lakes.

One hunter, one average size gator $1,850
One hunter, two average size gators $2,500
One hunter, two gators, one Trophy $3,500+
Two hunters split any hunt add $1,000

+Trophy fees:

  • $500 from 9ft. to 10 feet
  • $1,000 up to11 feet
  • $1,500 up to 12 feet
  • $2,000 up to 13 feet
  • $2,500 over 13 feet

If you have your own tags please call for prices. The only additional expenses are for the processing of your alligator. These fees are for processing your hide and meat, $25.00 per foot, plus $100.00 if it is trophy skinned for a taxidermist. If you would like the meat I will ship it to you or trade out an equal amount with what I have on hand.