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Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area is popular with hunters not only because of abundant wildlife, but because of the limited number of people allowed on the area each hunt day. To ensure a quality hunting experience, the area is open only to permitted hunters on hunt days. During the rest of the year (more than 300 days), the area is open to everyone during daylight hours to explore the many interesting and unique plant and animal communities. Rare plants bloom in the slope forests and the calls of warblers, both resident and migratory, may be heard. Non-hunting days in the spring are pleasant times to hike, bike, or horseback ride on Joe Budd. The public may fish on Joe Budd Pond Saturdays and Sundays from Independence Day through Labor Day. Thousands of students explore aquatic ecosystems firsthand at the Joe Budd Aquatic Education Center.

Joe Budd Hunt Calendar
- Year-at-a-Glance Adobe PDF


  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Find regulations regarding hunting dogs in the regulations summary.
  • Restrooms are available at the High Bluff Campground.

  • No daily-use permit is required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.


Seasons Summary Dates (range July 2017 through June 2018)
Small Game October 7 through December 3 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Archery December 8 through January 7 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Archery/Muzzleloading Gun January 12-28 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 10-11 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 17 through April 22 (Saturdays and Sundays only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Calendar does not reflect migratory game bird hunting seasons; please check the regulations summary for specifics.

FWC Facts:
Breeding season for Florida black bears is summer, with the peak occurring from about mid-June through July.

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