Fees

No Daily-Use Permit currently required. To hunt or fish you must possess the appropriate license and permit.

Facilities

Boat ramp access to Lake Talquin at the end of High Bluff Road, other ramps located around the lake include Hopkins Landing and Whipoorwill landing. Pier/wildlife observation platform at Lake Talquin; Aquatic Education Center programs are available for school or civic groups. To schedule call: (850) 933-4322.

Map of Joe Budd WMA PDF

Public Access

Area is open to public access year round from 1 1/2 hours before sunrise until 1 1/2 hours after sunset, except no person shall enter the area during any period in which the entry gate is closed.

Hunting Regulations, Map and Hunt Calendar

Vehicle use regulations

  • During archery and muzzleloading gun seasons, entry into the management area is prohibited from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunrise and from 1 hour before sunset to 1/2 hour after sunset.  During spring turkey season, entry into the area is prohibited from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1 hour after sunrise.
  • All persons shall enter and exit the area at a designated entrance.
  • Vehicles may be operated only on named roads.
  • Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate, or firelane.
  • No motor vehicle shall be operated on any part of any wildlife management area that has been designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
  • Florida traffic laws relating to vehicles and vehicle operators apply on this area. The use of an unregistered or unlicensed vehicle is prohibited.

Rules Regarding Dogs

  • For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
  • Hunting dogs may be taken onto the WMA after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. one day after the end of the season. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs or retrievers may be used during the small game season. Dogs are prohibited in areas posted as "Closed to Public Access" by FWC administrative action. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.

Location

Gadsden County between Tallahassee and Quincy. From I-10 take exit 192, proceed west on U.S. Hwy 90 2.1 miles to HWY 268. Turn left on Hwy 268 2.4 miles to Peters Road. Take Peters Road 1.2 miles to High Bluff Road and the entrance of Joe Budd Wildlife Management Area.

View a  location map PDF

Nearby

Additional wildlife viewing sites in the vicinity.

Talquin Bluffs State Recreation Area; Apalachicola National Forest; Talquin Wildlife Management Area; Ochlockonee River Wildlife Management Area

Nearest Cities/Towns

Tallahassee (7 miles east), and Quincy (6 miles northwest).



FWC Facts:
The spatulate bill of the roseate spoonbill has sensitive nerve endings that help it detect prey, and the shape helps the bird move sediment and catch the prey.

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