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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


  • 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 2015 through June 2016)
Small Game October 3 through December 6 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Archery December 11 through January 10 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Archery/Muzzleloading Gun January 15-31 (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only)
Spring Turkey - Youth March 12-13 (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)
Spring Turkey March 19 through April 24 (Saturdays and Sundays only) (Legal shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset)

Does not reflect Federal migratory game bird hunting season

FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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