Joe Budd WMA is a popular area for hunters not only because of its 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 to permitted hunters only 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.

Hunters must comply with all hunting regulations
Hunting Regulations and Maps 

Joe Budd Hunt Calendar - Year-at-a-Glance PDF
(Calendar does not reflect  migratory game bird hunting seasons.Adobe PDF)

Seasons SummaryDates (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)


FWC Facts:
The crested caracara is a resident of the prairies and range lands of south-central Fla. This boldly patterned raptor has a crest, naked face, heavy bill and longish neck and legs.

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