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Hog*Turkey*Alligator
Ron's Guide Service
Okeechobee, FL
Pho 954-582-6647
           
We offer a variety of freshwater fishing throughout Florida. Our wild boar, alligator, and osceola turkey hunting is conducted on private land in Glades county. This county has some of the finest wild boar, alligator, and turkey in the state of Florida. Located in Okeechobee Florida we are only a few hours away from Florida's most popular vacation destinations such as West Palm Beach, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Miami, Naples, and Key West.
 
Deer*Turkey*Alligator*Hog
Little Lake Lodge
9721 Court of the Oranges
Boca Raton, FL 33434

Ph 954-448-0015
Ph 863-697-6413 
           
Hunt wild turkey on 6,000+ acres of prime Florida turkey habitat. Our guides will place you in an area where you can proceed on your own or we can help you with setup and calling. Most areas are mixed of Oak Hammocks and open palmettos and swamps, which all make for a memorable hunt. Hunt wild boar on 1,000 acres. Still Hunts, Swamp Buggy or Stalk Hunts are available. Test your nerve with wild boar! Dog hunt, up close and personal with a knife or spear. There is a $20.00 skinning fee for each animal. We have meat hogs (80 lbs. and up) and trophy hogs (2" of cutters or more) are available.
Deer*Hog*Turkey
Nature Coast Outdoor Adventures
Perry, FL 
Ph 727.226.0475 
Nature Coast Outdoor Adventures is a premier guide service offering quality hunting and fishing packages at reasonable prices. We are located in Perry, FL in the heart of Florida's Nature Coast. This area is known for great hunting and fishing. We hunt on several thousand acres of hunting land that is home to an abundant population of deer, hogs and turkeys.We look forward to taking you on your next adventure!!
FISHING

Fishing Tours*Tarpon
Paddle Board South
Jamie Hooks
2301 Tamiami Trail
Nokomis, FL 34275
Ph 941-966-5477
Ph 941-356-3162 (after 5pm)
           
Here at Jamie Hooks Outdoors we are full service Kayak and Paddleboard Outfitter and tour service.Our guides are true Florida natives from right here in southwest Florida we have 4 generations of being on the water and the best guides around. We offer tours for couples to large groups and summer camps youth groups. We have tours to fit the Extreme eco to daily birdwatching and take pride in customer service and safety we are truly here to make memory's for you that will last. Our fishing trips are geared to have fun and learn with a little adventure in kayaking. We are pioneers in Florida style Paddleboarding from riding in the Gulf to River running tours we offer personal and group lessons for beginners.If your looking for real Florida fun give us a call thank you Jamie.
Charters*Redfish*Seatrout
Central Florida Sight Fishing Charters
Captain Chris Myers
Ph 321-229-2848
           
The waters of the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River near Orlando are along Florida's Space Coast offer something for everyone. Located near Orlando, it is an easy drive from anywhere in central Florida. No prior experience is necessary. The captain will provide all bait, tackle, and licenses. You will be fishing on a fully equipped.  Hewes flats skiff. You can request to target a specific species or simply go after whatever is biting. Check out my Central Florida seasonal fishing patterns page to see what is available. We catch redfish, trout, and black drum all year long. If you simply want a day of fun and relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando and the attractions, this is for you.
Deep Sea Fishing
Outer Limits SportFishing
MJ Taylor
Key West, FL
Ph 305-923-1043
From the days of Ernest Hemingway, Key West has been known for its deep sea fishing; in fact, the Florida Keys are responsible for more world record fish than any other destination. As with all fishing grounds targeted species depends on the seasonal migratory movements of fish into and through the subtropical waters that surround our islands. The local calendar offers all kinds of opportunities for sailfish, dolphin (mahi mahi), tuna, wahoo, grouper, mackerel, snapper, tarpon, permit, cobia, barracuda and sharks. Aboard the comfort of a 41    custom sportfishing yacht, a charter aboard the Outer Limits offers an angler’s adventure.
EcoTours*Paddleboarding
Kayaking*Canoeing
Paddle Board South
Jamie Hooks
2301 Tamiami Trail
Nokomis, FL 34275
Ph 941-966-5477
Ph 941-356-3162 (after 5pm)
           
Hi, my name is Jamie Hooks.  I am a fourth generation Florida Cracker and I  live here in Sarasota,FL. I have paddled all the waters from the Everglades up to the lakes of North Carolina. Currently I am doing guided paddleboard and kayak tours around the state. From personal trips to large groups we will cater a trip to fit your needs. Our specialty is south west Florida from the rivers and springs to the bay and beach's. Our main goal is make sure the customers have a truly amazing adventure paddling into some of the most scenic waters
   
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Florida Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

Within the past century, Florida's deer herd has gone through many changes. In the late 1930s, there were only about 20,000 deer in the state and they were nearly extirpated in south Florida during an effort to eradicate tick-borne diseases. The Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission responded to this by purchasing deer from various sources-- including a game farm in Wisconsin--and transplanting them to unoccupied areas in Florida. Also, killing adult females (does) was prohibited during the early restocking period, to further ensure success. These efforts were successful and now population estimates exceed 700,000 deer statewide. This number, in combination with a growing human population, presents new challenges. In several areas, deer have become so numerous, landowners complain of damage to agricultural crops and ornamental plantings. A similar, repopulation has taken place with Key deer. Florida deer eat about 1.8kg (4lbs) of food (3% of their body weight) each day. Like cattle, deer process their food through four connected stomachs and 65 feet of intestines. It takes from 24 to 36 hours for food to pass completely through them. The first and largest of these stomachs is the rumen. It does not produce acid like a true stomach. Instead, the rumen acts as a holding tank full of microbes that digest most of the plant material and make the nutrients available to the deer. The relatively small rumen in deer requires more nutritious and easily digested forage than is required by cattle which possess a large rumen. Consequently, deer are highly selective feeders. North of Florida, rut behavior of males is highly synchronized and triggered by the shortening day- lengths in late fall. However, in Florida and other southern latitudes(such as Texas and Venezuela), breeding is not as synchronized and occurs in all months. The timing of rut differs by region within the state of Florida and may also differ from one year to the next within the same region. Rut in the Nassau, Duval counties' area usually occurs from October through January. The onset of rut in the Panhandle is commonly between a month or two later than that in the northeast. Breeding in south Florida occurs year-round with a peak of rut activity from June through November. Key deer rut occurs from September through December.Many deer suffer injury and even death from collisions with automobiles, entanglements in fences, drownings, and other miscellaneous accidents. One study published in 1964 reported an estimated 800 deer killed on Florida highways during that year. The Florida Department of Transportation places deer-crossing signs in areas where the frequency of deer collisions with vehicles is relatively high. The purpose of these signs is to warn drivers of this potential hazard so they will proceed with caution. To maintain a certain population level, mortality caused by disease, predation, accidents and harvesting must not exceed the number of deer born. When densities of deer become too high for the habitat to support, deer become very destructive to habitat. This negatively affects the health of deer as well as other species and, unless deer numbers are reduced, the herd will destroy the food base upon which it depends and may decline to very low numbers. Consequently, the management of deer through harvest of both sexes is often necessary and also provides economic return for local economies and provides funding to state programs that benefit all wildlife.


Florida Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

One of the most coveted and sought-after game species in Florida is the Osceola turkey, also known as the Florida turkey.  This unique bird is one of five subspecies of wild turkey in North America. The Osceola lives on the Florida peninsula and nowhere else in the world, making it extremely popular with out-of-state hunters.  It's similar to the eastern subspecies (found in the Panhandle) but tends to be a bit smaller and typically a darker shade with less white barring on the flight feathers of its wings.The white bars on the Osceola are more narrow, with an irregular, broken pattern, and they don't extend to the feather shaft.  It's the black bars of the Osceola that actually dominate the feather.  In conjunction, secondary wing feathers also are darker.  When the wings are folded across the back, the whitish triangular patch formed is less visible on the Osceola.  Osceola feathers also show more iridescent green and red colors, with less bronze than the eastern. he Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recognize, in their respective turkey registry programs, any wild turkey harvested within or south of the counties of Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union, Bradford, Clay and Duval, to be the Osceola subspecies.  Eastern turkeys and hybrids are found north and west of those counties in the Panhandle. The Osceola Wild Turkey, also known as the Florida Turkey can only be found on the Florida peninsula. This bird is smaller and darker in color than the Eastern Wild Turkey and was named after the famous Seminole Chief Osceola in 1890. Adult male turkeys, also known as a gobbler or tom, average 3.5 feet in height and weigh up to 25 pounds. Juvenile male turkeys, also known as jakes, will typically be half the size of a mature turkey, weighing an average of 15 - 20 pounds. The Osceola Wild Turkey is characterized by dark brown tipped tail coverts (the smaller feathers that cover the larger feathers) and dark brown tail feather tips. The breast feathers usually have black tips, while the body feathers are an iridescence of red-green and bronze. Compared to the “Eastern”, the Osceola Turkey tend to be generally darker in color, slightly smaller in size, and have less white barring in their wing feathers. Female turkeys, also known as hens, can be the same height as males, but weigh about 8 – 14 pounds.


Florida Hunting Outfitters and Guides Hog Facts

The wild pig, also called the wild hog, wild boar or feral hog, is not a Florida native and may have been introduced by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. The hog occur in all of Florida's 67 counties within a wide variety of habitats, but prefer oak-cabbage palm hammocks, freshwater marshes and sloughs and pine flatwoods. Wild hog can reach weights of more than 150 pounds and be 5-6 feet long. The hog usually travel in small family groups or alone. he wild pig (Sus scrofa), also called the wild hog, wild boar or feral pig, is not a Florida native and may have been introduced by Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. They occur in all of Florida's 67 counties within a wide variety of habitats, but prefer oak-cabbage palm hammocks, freshwater marshes and sloughs and pine flatwoods. Wild hog can reach weights of more than 150 pounds and be 5-6 feet long. They usually travel in small family groups or alone. Trying to prevent wild hog from coming onto your property is usually futile, but adequate fencing can keep them out of small yards and gardens. On private property, nuisance hog may be trapped using pens with trap doors and baited with acorns or old corn. Trapped animals may not be released on public land, and can only be released on private property with landowner permission. Wild hog are legally defined as wildlife and are the second-most popular, large animal hunted in Florida (second only to the white-tailed deer). On private property with landowner permission, wild hog may be trapped and hunted year round using any legal to own rifle, shotgun, crossbow, bow or pistol. There is no size or bag limit, and you may harvest either sex. Also, no hunting license is required. A gun and light at night permit is not required to take wild hog with a gun and light on private lands with landowner permission. hog may be taken during most hunting seasons, except spring turkey. But, if it's during archery season, you must use a bow - during muzzleloading gun season, you can only use a muzzleloader. You need a hunting license, a management area permit and any other necessary permits to hunt wild hog during particular seasons on WMAs - where on some, daily bag limits on wild hog do apply, and on a few, there's even a minimum size limit on what you can take. On wildlife management areas, you may not use a gun and light at night.  A boar hog has four continually growing tusks that can be extremely sharp, and may reach five inches before they are broken or worn from use. Tusks are used for defense and to establish dominance during breeding. A male feral hog also develops a thick, tough skin composed of cartilage and scar tissue on the shoulder area which is sometimes referred to as a shield. The shield develops continually as the hog ages and through fighting. Tusks which are found on the lower jaw, or mandible, can be extremely dangerous when put to use by a mature hog. The upper tusks, or whittlers, help keep the lower tusk extremely sharp. The pure Russian hog is generally light brown or black with a cream or tan color on the tips of the bristles. Its underside is lighter in color and its legs, ears and tail are darker than the rest of the coat. Its bristles are the longest of the three types of wild hog. Pure Russian hog have longer legs and snouts and their head to body ratio is much greater than a feral hog. They also tend to have shorter, straighter tails.


Florida Hunting Outfitters and Guides Alligator Facts

Since 1988, Florida's statewide alligator harvest has been nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a natural resource. Each year, alligator management units are established with appropriate harvest quotas to provide recreational opportunities for Floridians and non-residents who are at least 18 years old to take up to 2 alligator per permit. Applicants who are awarded a permit must submit payment for two CITES tags and an Alligator Trapping License, or provide proof of possession of an Alligator Trapping License valid through the end of the alligator harvest season. A Florida hunting license is not required to participate in the statewide alligator hunt. Alligator are opportunistic feeders. Their diets include prey species that are abundant and easily accessible. Juvenile alligator eat primarily insects, amphibians, small fish, and other invertebrates. Adult alligator eat rough fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals, and birds. Go to the following links for more information: Nearly all alligator become sexually mature by the time they reach approximately 7 feet in length although females can reach maturity at 6 feet. A female may require 10-15 years and a male 8-12 years to reach these lengths. Courtship begins in early April, and mating occurs in May or June. Female alligator build a mound nest of soil, vegetation, or debris and deposit an average of 32 to 46 eggs in late June or early July. Incubation requires approximately 60-65 days, and hatching occurs in late August or early September. The tell-tale eye-shine of an alligator (and other nocturnal vertebrates) is caused by a layer of cells called the tapetum lucidum (a Latin phrase meaning "bright carpet"). This structure is located beneath the photoreceptor cells (rods and cones) in the retina and reflects light back into these cells to increase the amount of light detected, which improves an alligator's vision in low light conditions. In alligators this eye-shine is red, but it can be different colors in other species.


Florida Hunting Outfitters and Guides Quail Facts

Quail hunting in Florida - one of the most popular types of hunting during the 1950s, '60s and '70s - has changed. Florida's quail population has dropped between three and five percent each year; a decrease of 70 percent since 1980, according to the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative Where Florida hunters once harvested about 2.5 million quail annually during the 1960s, they now take fewer than 250,000 birds. Experts say that is merely a symptom of a much bigger problem - loss of quality habitat. Habitats are disappearing because of urbanization, increased grassland cultivation and transition of once native, grassy fields into woods and forests - a process called succession. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in cooperation with Tall Timbers, called upon Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson, Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, and other state, federal and key conservation organizations for a meeting - "Leadership Summit on Bobwhite Management on Florida's Public Lands." The purpose of the half-day conference was to enlist support of leaders and key stakeholders in public land management, conservation and bobwhite management for the focus of restoring habitats. The initiative will help not only quail but several other birds, including the federally- endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and the threatened Florida scrub-jay, as well as more than 40 endangered or threatened plant species, all of which depend on the same open pine woods ecosystems for survival.
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