Rangers have been training out of Camp James E. Rudder for decades. They just close off different parts of Eglin depending on the part of the swamp phase training they are in. They do close off certain areas without notice also. Have seen them hiking through the woods near Duke Field with observers 30-45 minutes out in front of the trainees basically clearing hunters from the area rather quickly.Or at least most of it is, according to what I was just told from Jackson Guard. Apparently the rangers are here to train. Better consider where you will be going and double check the closures.
Special Forces and Rangers have scheduled maneuvers this week. It always seems to be during the special hunts. You would think that they would plan a little better, but I guess its a "matter of National Security".
Wonder when the next phase of training will take place, anyone want to bet it will be during the Feb Primitive Weapons hunt.
It was a busy for us. Wound up hunting blind and none of us saw anything.Been dealing with it all weekend too! Busted my butt hanging stands in Jackson just to see Saturday morning they closed that section too. We made the 1 1-2 hr drive to brier creek and are stuck sitting on the ground. Sucks for the kids that have been waiting all year for this weekend
Totally agree. I understand that this sort of thing comes with the territory but it sucks for the kids. Wish they would honor the tag at another date considering the situation.Check the map again, they added more closures as of today :thumbdown:
Both our stands are in the closed section, While I respect the reasoning and appreciate the ability to hunt on their property, I sure hate it for a bunch of kids that look forward to this weekend. I wish they would just issue a tag with a kids permit and let them have it during the season, to avoid things like this!!!