Ross Hammock Ranch 2013
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1. Where are you located? We are on Florida's Nature Coast (Gulf side) approximately 90  miles north of Tampa. We are 1 hour and 30 minutes north from  Tampa International Airport or 1hour 45 minutes north  west from Orlando International Airport. There are several  private airports within 15 minutes of the ranch. 2. Do you offer airport pickup? Yes, guest pickup at the local private airports are provided at no charge, and the public airports in Tampa or Orlando, are provided for the cost of the driver, tolls, and fuel. 3. What is the total price I pay for my trip to Ross Hammock  Ranch? The total price you pay is the sum of the daily fee option  (Silver or Gold) that you choose, plus the harvest or  hunt fees and only if selected, the cost of the fishing.  Harvest fees (Except on the non-guaranteed hunts for Florida  Whitetail, Alligator, and /or Osceola Turkey) are only due  when you shoot at and hit the game targeted. Be sure to check out  the "Specials" and "Packages" pages for extra savings. Also read the text on  "General Pricing" for a complete explanation. 4. Can I spend the night at the ranch? Yes, we offer two options. With the Silver option you come for the day, but with the Gold Option you spend the night on the ranch, with private room accommodations. 5. What is the typical day like? With the Silver Option daily fee, you typically arrive before  sunup and can hunt ALL day till dark. Lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. With the Gold Option daily fee, you  typically arrive around 1 or 2 pm on the day of arrival and  hunt till dark. Then a full dinner is provided and lodging. On day 2, and each day thereafter, a continental breakfast and full lunch are also provided. You can hunt each day till dark.  You may book and stay multiple nights. 6. What methods of hunting do you provide? We provide 4 methods as follows: Tree stands, ground blinds, spot/stalk, and bay dogs on trophy boar. You can bring your own  tree stand and/or 4 wheeler if you like. 7. Is a license required & do you provide it? Yes we do. If you do not have one, you need not buy one because it is included in the daily fee. With gator hunts, you must purchase an AGENT license from State of Fla., and the cost is around $55. 8. What are your seasons to hunt? We are allowed to hunt the non-native game (Hogs, Axis,  Fallow, Sika, etc...) year round, but most trophy game (except for  game like Axis, Blackbuck, Buffalo, Rams, etc... which some or all  keep their horns year round) shed their antlers by mid March and  return to hard antler by late August or early September. We hunt  Whitetail deer (any weapon) from Sept. 1st to March 1st. We hunt  Osceola turkey from Mid March till the end of April. While Axis deer may be hunted year round, (because each animal is on its own shed schedule) prime time for most Axis Bucks in hard horn is from mid March to December. 9. Do you allow bow hunters and/or cross bow  hunters? Yes, in fact we own the web site www.floridabowhunting.com .  All of our guides are bow hunters. We have tree stands set specifically for bow hunters. We also have 3D archery targets available for guests and many archery industry pro staffs hunt at RHR! 10. What weapons do you allow? We allow bow, crossbow, rifle, shotgun, pistol, and muzzle loader. 11. What if I do not get a shot or if I shoot and miss? You only pay the harvest fee (Except on the non-guaranteed  hunts for Florida Whitetail, Gator, and /or Osceola Turkey) when you shoot and hit the animal. 12. Am I pressured to shoot? No it is totally your decision as to what specific animal you elect to harvest. 13. Are kids allowed? Yes we encourage children to participate and we stress safety, ethics, and the way of the woods and water. Kids love it here. 14. How big is the area we will be hunting? The main ranch has 10+ miles of perimeter border. It has  approximately 50% hardwood hammocks, 25% cut-downs / food-plots, and 25% upland pine forest. The ranch is one of the largest of its  kind in the SE United States. The RHR River Retreat Property, a  short drive from the Main Lodge has over 1 mile of River frontage on a pristine spring fed river, one of the most beautiful in the  State of Florida. 15. Who cleans the game I shoot? Included in the price of your daily fee (However there is an  extra fee for extremely large game like Buffalo), we will skin,  quarter, and ice-down your game for you. 16. What about taxidermy? Included in your daily fee we will skin the animal out (However there is an extra fee for extremely large game like Buffalo). You  may leave it with our ranch taxidermist, who can do the complete  taxidermy project, or just complete the capeing  process, or you may take it with you. 17. May I bring non-hunters/observers? Yes, and they pay a lower daily fee to cover their lunch, snacks, soft drinks, lodging, going on the hunt, etc.... Almost all of the RHR tree stands are set up to accommodate the hunter and the non-hunter and/or camera man. 18. Can my hunt be filmed? Yes, you may bring your video camera, cameraman, and/or  with advanced notice, we can arrange for a professional  camera man. 19. Can I borrow a rifle? Yes, free of charge we will provide a loaner rifle and  ammunition. 20. What about gratuities/tips? It is customary to tip the guide and if you spend the night, to also tip the cook / maid. 21. What about trophy whitetail hunts? We believe that we have some of the largest trophy whitetail  deer in the SE United States. Several years ago we brought in  trophy genetic whitetails from Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada. We now have what we believe to be  one the largest breeding herds of Florida acclimated northern/western strain Whitetails in the State. As these deer age, the B&C scores will grow each year. In the 2002 and 2003  seasons we took Whitetails in the 140 to 150 B&C range. In the 04 thru 06 seasons we have had Whitetail bucks taken in the 160 to  190 B&C range. Now, deer scoring into the mid to upper B&C  200's are taking every year! We offer both guaranteed (no  kill no pay) hunts based on a the antler size / age of the  deer and low cost non-guaranteed hunts for Florida genetic  Whitetail where you pay a flat fee regardless of size of the  Whitetail buck taken. 22. What about special food requests? Yes, with advanced notice we will try to accommodate any special dietary requests. 23. Can you accommodate groups? Yes, we actually specialize in handling groups and/or corporate events. We have handled events with up to 200 guests. 24. What is included in the price of the fish trips offered? Everything is included, such as the boat, Fishing guide / captain, your license, rods / reels, bait, fuel, etc.... we will  even clean the fish for you! 25. What type of fishing do you offer? We offer full and half day trips for either salt water flats  fishing or fresh water bass fishing. We offer full day trips only  for trophy tarpon or off shore bottom fishing/trolling. 26. I'm still not sure, can I just come and look  around? First we suggest you get a copy of our 90-minute Ranch Tour  DVD. We also offer a two hour tour (minimum 2 people) for $50/PP  and if you book a hunt within 90 days, it is all applied to the cost of your hunt. 27. Who is your typical customer? We have guests from all walks of life from construction workers, truck drivers, law enforcement officers, firemen,  military, etc... we also have lots of professional football  players, baseball players, entertainers, etc... We treat everyone  the same regardless of their occupation or cost of their hunt. We  also have lots of father / child and/or Mother / child hunts and fish trips. Many of our guests could afford to hunt anywhere in  the world, but they don't have the time to do a lot of scouting or to spend a week or two in Alaska or Africa, so they come here instead. A lot of our customers no longer want to travel a long distance by plane or deal with airport security, so they come here  instead. 28. Is the ranch fenced? We have both High Fence and No Fence property. By Florida State law, when you have non-native game such as Axis deer, you MUST fence  that portion. Ross Hammock Ranch has 10+ miles of fenced border, approximately 5 times the size of most other hunting preserves in Florida. This is one reason why Ross Hammock Ranch has become the  premiere facility of its kind in the SE United States so quickly. 29. What can my non-hunting spouse do at the ranch? They can go on the hunt as an observer or they can do other  activities available in this area. Go to the "Other Fun" page of this web site for a complete activity listing and links to other related local sites. 30. Do I need a reservation? Yes, all of our guests arrive via reservation only. Once you make your reservation, a deposit is required, and we will send you a detailed map and directions. 31. What methods of payment do you accept? We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, personal checks, cashier check, money orders, or cash. 32. Do you accept first time hunters? Yes, we have many first time hunters or first time bow  hunters hunt with us very frequently. At no extra fee, we will  take the time to teach you how to hunt or bow hunt including sighting in your rifle/bow, equipment selection, tree stand use, tracking, game cleaning, etc... 33. Is there a place close by to purchase hunting  supplies? Yes, less than 1 mile from the ranch there is a hunting and archery pro shop. 34. Are there medical facilities close by? Yes, Seven Rivers Hospital is approximately 5 miles from the ranch. For special events we can arrange to have a RN on site. 35. Do I have to sign a liability waiver? Yes, upon sign in you will be asked to sign a liability waiver acknowledging that hunting is done at your own risk. 36. Do you have a place to sight in weapons? Yes, we have ranges for both guns and bows. 37. What are your success rates? Our success rates are very high across the board but vary somewhat by species. On the non trophy hogs, buffalo, and management game hunts we are close to 100% shot opportunity. Our guides are on the property everyday so they do the scouting for your hunt BEFORE  your arrival. On trophy hogs and trophy deer we are less than 100%  but still very high success rates. Regardless, on guaranteed hunts  you do not pay a trophy/harvest fee unless you get a shot opportunity, you do shoot, and in fact do hit the animal. On Osceola turkey we have been close to 100% sightings of birds on all hunts, and about 60% shot opportunity. 38. Do you have food plots on the ranch? Yes, we have several food plots, cut-overs, and electric game  feeders on the ranch that we maintain year round. 39. What do you use for ranch transportation? We maintain a fleet of several vehicles that include 4  wheelers, Polaris Rangers, Jeep Scramblers, Ford F-150 4 X 4 Crew cabs,  etc... We match the right vehicle to the hunter, the hunt, and weather conditions. 40. How long has the ranch been in operation? The ranch has been owned by Harold R. Ross and family since the1990's. 41. If I book a hunt for a certain species do I have to take that species? No, if during your hunt you see another species that you prefer  to take, then you may do so at no penalty. You pay for the species  you take not for the one you originally booked. Also if during your hunt you decide to take additional animals, then you only pay the harvest fee for that animal. You do not pay more than one daily fee per person, per day. 42. I still want to hunt when other State run seasons are closed, can I? Yes, a lot of hunters want something to hunt in the "off  season", say after spring turkey season is over. This is a great  time to schedule a hunt at Ross Hammock Ranch for Trophy Boar,  Meat / BBQ hogs, Trophy Axis Bucks, Trophy BlackBucks, management  does (like axis, fallow, red deer, etc...), or trophy Rams.
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  Ross Hammock Ranch 2013
1. Where are you located? We are on Florida's Nature Coast (Gulf side) approximately 90  miles north of Tampa. We are 1 hour and 30 minutes north from  Tampa International Airport or 1hour 45 minutes north  west from Orlando International Airport. There are several  private airports within 15 minutes of the ranch. 2. Do you offer airport pickup? Yes, guest pickup at the local private airports are provided at no charge, and the public airports in Tampa or Orlando, are provided for the cost of the driver, tolls, and fuel. 3. What is the total price I pay for my trip to Ross Hammock  Ranch? The total price you pay is the sum of the daily fee option  (Silver or Gold) that you choose, plus the harvest or  hunt fees and only if selected, the cost of the fishing.  Harvest fees (Except on the non-guaranteed hunts for Florida  Whitetail, Alligator, and /or Osceola Turkey) are only due  when you shoot at and hit the game targeted. Be sure to check out  the "Specials" and "Packages" pages for extra savings. Also read the text on  "General Pricing" for a complete explanation. 4. Can I spend the night at the ranch? Yes, we offer two options. With the Silver option you come for the day, but with the Gold Option you spend the night on the ranch, with private room accommodations. 5. What is the typical day like? With the Silver Option daily fee, you typically arrive before  sunup and can hunt ALL day till dark. Lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. With the Gold Option daily fee, you  typically arrive around 1 or 2 pm on the day of arrival and  hunt till dark. Then a full dinner is provided and lodging. On day 2, and each day thereafter, a continental breakfast and full lunch are also provided. You can hunt each day till dark.  You may book and stay multiple nights. 6. What methods of hunting do you provide? We provide 4 methods as follows: Tree stands, ground blinds, spot/stalk, and bay dogs on trophy boar. You can bring your own  tree stand and/or 4 wheeler if you like. 7. Is a license required & do you provide it? Yes we do. If you do not have one, you need not buy one because it is included in the daily fee. With gator hunts, you must purchase an AGENT license from State of Fla., and the cost is around $55. 8. What are your seasons to hunt? We are allowed to hunt the non-native game (Hogs, Axis,  Fallow, Sika, etc...) year round, but most trophy game (except for  game like Axis, Blackbuck, Buffalo, Rams, etc... which some or all  keep their horns year round) shed their antlers by mid March and  return to hard antler by late August or early September. We hunt  Whitetail deer (any weapon) from Sept. 1st to March 1st. We hunt  Osceola turkey from Mid March till the end of April. While Axis deer may be hunted year round, (because each animal is on its own shed schedule) prime time for most Axis Bucks in hard horn is from mid March to December. 9. Do you allow bow hunters and/or cross bow  hunters? Yes, in fact we own the web site www.floridabowhunting.com .  All of our guides are bow hunters. We have tree stands set specifically for bow hunters. We also have 3D archery targets available for guests and many archery industry pro staffs hunt at RHR! 10. What weapons do you allow? We allow bow, crossbow, rifle, shotgun, pistol, and muzzle loader. 11. What if I do not get a shot or if I shoot and miss? You only pay the harvest fee (Except on the non- guaranteed  hunts for Florida Whitetail, Gator, and /or Osceola Turkey) when you shoot and hit the animal. 12. Am I pressured to shoot? No it is totally your decision as to what specific animal you elect to harvest. 13. Are kids allowed? Yes we encourage children to participate and we stress safety, ethics, and the way of the woods and water. Kids love it here. 14. How big is the area we will be hunting? The main ranch has 10+ miles of perimeter border. It has  approximately 50% hardwood hammocks, 25% cut-downs / food-plots, and 25% upland pine forest. The ranch is one of the largest of its  kind in the SE United States. The RHR River Retreat Property, a  short drive from the Main Lodge has over 1 mile of River frontage on a pristine spring fed river, one of the most beautiful in the  State of Florida. 15. Who cleans the game I shoot? Included in the price of your daily fee (However there is an  extra fee for extremely large game like Buffalo), we will skin,  quarter, and ice-down your game for you. 16. What about taxidermy? Included in your daily fee we will skin the animal out (However there is an extra fee for extremely large game like Buffalo). You  may leave it with our ranch taxidermist, who can do the complete  taxidermy project, or just complete the capeing  process, or you may take it with you. 17. May I bring non-hunters/observers? Yes, and they pay a lower daily fee to cover their lunch, snacks, soft drinks, lodging, going on the hunt, etc.... Almost all of the RHR tree stands are set up to accommodate the hunter and the non-hunter and/or camera man. 18. Can my hunt be filmed? Yes, you may bring your video camera, cameraman, and/or  with advanced notice, we can arrange for a professional  camera man. 19. Can I borrow a rifle? Yes, free of charge we will provide a loaner rifle and  ammunition. 20. What about gratuities/tips? It is customary to tip the guide and if you spend the night, to also tip the cook / maid. 21. What about trophy whitetail hunts? We believe that we have some of the largest trophy whitetail  deer in the SE United States. Several years ago we brought in  trophy genetic whitetails from Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Canada. We now have what we believe to be  one the largest breeding herds of Florida acclimated northern/western strain Whitetails in the State. As these deer age, the B&C scores will grow each year. In the 2002 and 2003  seasons we took Whitetails in the 140 to 150 B&C range. In the 04 thru 06 seasons we have had Whitetail bucks taken in the 160 to  190 B&C range. Now, deer scoring into the mid to upper B&C  200's are taking every year! We offer both guaranteed (no  kill no pay) hunts based on a the antler size / age of the  deer and low cost non-guaranteed hunts for Florida genetic  Whitetail where you pay a flat fee regardless of size of the  Whitetail buck taken. 22. What about special food requests? Yes, with advanced notice we will try to accommodate any special dietary requests. 23. Can you accommodate groups? Yes, we actually specialize in handling groups and/or corporate events. We have handled events with up to 200 guests. 24. What is included in the price of the fish trips offered? Everything is included, such as the boat, Fishing guide / captain, your license, rods / reels, bait, fuel, etc.... we will  even clean the fish for you! 25. What type of fishing do you offer? We offer full and half day trips for either salt water flats  fishing or fresh water bass fishing. We offer full day trips only  for trophy tarpon or off shore bottom fishing/trolling. 26. I'm still not sure, can I just come and look  around? First we suggest you get a copy of our 90-minute Ranch Tour  DVD. We also offer a two hour tour (minimum 2 people) for $50/PP  and if you book a hunt within 90 days, it is all applied to the cost of your hunt. 27. Who is your typical customer? We have guests from all walks of life from construction workers, truck drivers, law enforcement officers, firemen,  military, etc... we also have lots of professional football  players, baseball players, entertainers, etc... We treat everyone  the same regardless of their occupation or cost of their hunt. We  also have lots of father / child and/or Mother / child hunts and fish trips. Many of our guests could afford to hunt anywhere in  the world, but they don't have the time to do a lot of scouting or to spend a week or two in Alaska or Africa, so they come here instead. A lot of our customers no longer want to travel a long distance by plane or deal with airport security, so they come here  instead. 28. Is the ranch fenced? We have both High Fence and No Fence property. By Florida State law, when you have non-native game such as Axis deer, you MUST fence  that portion. Ross Hammock Ranch has 10+ miles of fenced border, approximately 5 times the size of most other hunting preserves in Florida. This is one reason why Ross Hammock Ranch has become the  premiere facility of its kind in the SE United States so quickly. 29. What can my non-hunting spouse do at the ranch? They can go on the hunt as an observer or they can do other  activities available in this area. Go to the "Other Fun" page of this web site for a complete activity listing and links to other related local sites. 30. Do I need a reservation? Yes, all of our guests arrive via reservation only. Once you make your reservation, a deposit is required, and we will send you a detailed map and directions. 31. What methods of payment do you accept? We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, personal checks, cashier check, money orders, or cash. 32. Do you accept first time hunters? Yes, we have many first time hunters or first time bow  hunters hunt with us very frequently. At no extra fee, we will  take the time to teach you how to hunt or bow hunt including sighting in your rifle/bow, equipment selection, tree stand use, tracking, game cleaning, etc... 33. Is there a place close by to purchase hunting  supplies? Yes, less than 1 mile from the ranch there is a hunting and archery pro shop. 34. Are there medical facilities close by? Yes, Seven Rivers Hospital is approximately 5 miles from the ranch. For special events we can arrange to have a RN on site. 35. Do I have to sign a liability waiver? Yes, upon sign in you will be asked to sign a liability waiver acknowledging that hunting is done at your own risk. 36. Do you have a place to sight in weapons? Yes, we have ranges for both guns and bows. 37. What are your success rates? Our success rates are very high across the board but vary somewhat by species. On the non trophy hogs, buffalo, and management game hunts we are close to 100% shot opportunity. Our guides are on the property everyday so they do the scouting for your hunt BEFORE  your arrival. On trophy hogs and trophy deer we are less than 100%  but still very high success rates. Regardless, on guaranteed hunts  you do not pay a trophy/harvest fee unless you get a shot opportunity, you do shoot, and in fact do hit the animal. On Osceola turkey we have been close to 100% sightings of birds on all hunts, and about 60% shot opportunity. 38. Do you have food plots on the ranch? Yes, we have several food plots, cut-overs, and electric game  feeders on the ranch that we maintain year round. 39. What do you use for ranch transportation? We maintain a fleet of several vehicles that include 4  wheelers, Polaris Rangers, Jeep Scramblers, Ford F-150 4 X 4 Crew cabs,  etc... We match the right vehicle to the hunter, the hunt, and weather conditions. 40. How long has the ranch been in operation? The ranch has been owned by Harold R. Ross and family since the1990's. 41. If I book a hunt for a certain species do I have to take that species? No, if during your hunt you see another species that you prefer  to take, then you may do so at no penalty. You pay for the species  you take not for the one you originally booked. Also if during your hunt you decide to take additional animals, then you only pay the harvest fee for that animal. You do not pay more than one daily fee per person, per day. 42. I still want to hunt when other State run seasons are closed, can I? Yes, a lot of hunters want something to hunt in the "off  season", say after spring turkey season is over. This is a great  time to schedule a hunt at Ross Hammock Ranch for Trophy Boar,  Meat / BBQ hogs, Trophy Axis Bucks, Trophy BlackBucks, management  does (like axis, fallow, red deer, etc...), or trophy Rams.
Frequently Asked Questions
Book A Trip Book A Trip Request A Quote Request A Quote
Call 352 447 0296 NOW for information or to book your hunting and fishing adventure of a lifetime!
Call 1-352-447-0296
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