As the title says I am looking for advice on waterfowl hunting in Florida and advice on waterfowl guides down here. My family and I recently moved to the Central / Western coast of Florida. I say that because I am stationed at MacDill AFB in Tampa but live near extended family in the Venice / North Port area. I commute several days a week and stay in an RV at the campground on MacDill a couple of days a week so that my kids could live in a smaller town and be close to both sets of their grandparents (something of a novelty for Army kids).
I had a great setup in TN and AL where we just moved from. My good friend got me into duck hunting a few years ago and he had all of the gear we needed so my collection is not real robust at this time.
I need to find a place to get my boys (13 and 10) out hunting again. Their last hunt was a Missouri Snow Goose Conservation hunt last winter and they are itching to get back out as am I.
I think the wisest way for me to spend my money right now is to find a good guide service to show me how to hunt down here and also so I don't have to invest much in equipment right now as we will continue to move around quite a bit with my work for the next several years. I think a few guided hunts will be the best bet for getting us on some ducks without the benefit of knowing the local areas and having just moved here I have had no time to learn anything about the area as far as hunting goes.
Can anyone recommend some good guide services in the Tampa / Okeechobee / or other areas I may be missing? I have googled several but it is hard to tell what you are getting into off of a website. I like to hear personal experiences good and bad.
Thanks for your time and advice. If you want to email me directly my email is email@example.com