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#2818549 - 04/30/12 05:06 PM Q&A AEDC WMA
letsgohunting
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I was thinking of trying AEDC for the frist time this year. This late in season would it just be a waste of time??
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#2818627 - 04/30/12 07:09 PM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: letsgohunting]
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Nope I got me one picked out for friday morning! He was hot yesterday till a milliatary police car came screaming down the road!I know where he likes to spend his mornings now ;\)
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#2818714 - 04/30/12 08:22 PM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: letsgohunting]
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 Originally Posted By: Betty Smith
I was thinking of trying AEDC for the frist time this year. This late in season would it just be a waste of time??


Depends on how long you are willing to tough it out and how far you are driving to get there.

I hunt out there often.... one day you might hear a gobbler sound off a couple of times, others, you may not hear a single gobble. And so far this year each day was something different.... most days they wouldn't gobble until later if at all. Very tough this spring, and they are very weary.... don't seem to want to respond well to typical calling.... and people around every bush.

Out of all the Fri-Sun hunting days so far this season (15 days) I have only had 3 days of hearing birds and getting them to work. The undergrowth is terrible and makes it hard to hunt/see in the woods....
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#2818740 - 04/30/12 08:41 PM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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Yeah I agree with grizzly its tough! I figure my bird will be long gone by friday. But a guy can dream can't he? \:\)
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#2819070 - 05/01/12 10:24 AM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: timberjack86]
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So you can only hunt on the weekends? Is it like that every year. I live about 45 mins from there. Can you hunt all Units?
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#2819120 - 05/01/12 11:34 AM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: letsgohunting]
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 Originally Posted By: Betty Smith
So you can only hunt on the weekends? Is it like that every year. I live about 45 mins from there. Can you hunt all Units?


OPENING weekend is usually Sat, Sun, & Mon

After that, the regular hunting days are Fri, Sat, Sun.

Been like that since I have hunted there 5+ years.

You can hunt all open units 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Unit 1 may be open (depends on if the National Guard is using it or another agency for training) but you may not know it's open unless it's posted on the sign-in stations, there are 3 of those: (1) by the interstate side of the wma, (1) at the checking station, and (1) on the Tullahoma side of the wma.

Some units have been closed for hunting due to a contractor finding UnExploded Ordinances or UXO's.... last weeekend unit 6 was closed because 2 landmines were found and they didn't want any hunters to come into the area. Unit 3 was closed last year for them searching that area for UXO's.

Just look for signs with WARNINGS of being closed due to UXO's or the entrance gates for that unit could be closed.
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#2819180 - 05/01/12 12:52 PM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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ok thanks Grizz. Those land mines my hurt a little more than a snake bite if you step on one.
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#2819182 - 05/01/12 12:54 PM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: letsgohunting]
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Why would they put land mines out in tennessee anyway it aint like we are in a war zone or anything. even if it is on airforce land
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#2819235 - 05/01/12 02:30 PM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: letsgohunting]
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 Originally Posted By: Betty Smith
Why would they put land mines out in tennessee anyway it aint like we are in a war zone or anything. even if it is on airforce land


Because back in the war days, it was a Training/POW camp (Camp Forrest I believe).... they also tested many different types of munitions on the grounds. Those old muntions are todays UXO's. They are trying to get any of them found/cleared out for safety reasons.

Here is some historical info I dug up:


The camp was a training area for infantry, artillery, engineer, signal organizations, and cooks. It also served as a hospital center and temporary encampment area for troops during maneuvers. Maj. Gen. George Patton brought his 2nd Armored Division from Fort Benning, Georgia for maneuvers.

William Northern Field, an air training base, was an addition used as a training site for crews of four-engined B-24 bombers of the Army Air Forces.

Incoming troops had the normal amenities such as service clubs, guest houses, library, post exchanges, post office, hospital, religious services, theaters, showers, Red Cross, and Army Emergency Relief facilities. Recreation facilities include swimming, archery, tennis, a sports arena and a nine-hole golf course.

Camp Forrest officially became a prisoner of war camp May 12, 1942. The camp housed Italian and German POWs. Prisoners became laborers at Camp Forrest in the hospitals and on farms in the local community. Initially the camp held civilian detainees who were arrested at the outbreak of the war under a program called "Alien Enemy Control." Many of these internees were incarcerated without legal process. Official government documents made available in the late 1990s indicate that over 25,000 Alien Enemies were held at various locations throughout the United States. Camp Forrest's population was over 700. In 1943 they were transferred to other Internment Camps to make room for actual POWs captured on the field of battle.

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#2819262 - 05/01/12 03:05 PM Re: Q&A AEDC WMA [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
letsgohunting
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wow, i never thought we had anything like that in Tennessee
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