No matter what your age, the Joe Budd
Wildlife Management area has something for
It is a year-round beehive of
activity. School kids get to go. Fishermen love to go.
And hunters can't wait to go. Now that we're talking
huntin', anything from the managed dove fields to the
abundant deer and turkey draw the folks from around these
parts to Joe Budd. Joe
Budd WMA "Brag Board"
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission says that within a few miles of Florida's
growing capital city of Tallahassee along the north shore
of Lake Talquin is the 11,039-acre Joe Budd Wildlife
Management Area. Jointly managed by the Division of
Forestry and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission, Joe Budd is one of the few places in the
state where only primitive
muzzleloadersâ€”are permitted for
hunting deer, hogs, and turkeys. The weekend hunts
attract people from as far away as Key West as well as
local residents, some of whom have returned every year
for over 20 years.
At the Joe Budd Aquatic Education Center, thousands of students experience aquatic ecosystems first hand.
During the more than 300 days each year when the area is closed to hunting, you can hike, bike, or horseback ride on roads along the rare slope forests and through the stands of old growth pines. In the spring the rare orange azalea and silky-camellia bloom in the slope forests, and the breeding calls of the hooded warbler and Swainson's warbler can be heard in the pine-oak forest.
"Adventures of a Woman in the Woods"
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