You might try to get in touch with the Presient of the Old South Hunting Retriever Club. He lives there in Columbus and is an avid Outdoorsman, retired from UPS he trains retrievers now. Lots of Members that train their dogs live in and around Columbus. Old South is a non-profit Hunting Retriever Club sanctioned by the UKC and Hunting Retriever Club. You will find yourself in good company by going to a training session just to socialize with like minded folks. Below is their website, give them a call and if you have a dog thats even better. Try and speak to Marcus! I just ran into some young boys while hunting this past week and referred them as well.
Try Lake Eufaula, its not far away, Seminole an surrounding lakes can be good, lots of Canvasbacks down there but also lots of Gators so keep in mind that if the outside temp is below 60 degrees your dog will not become dinner and that is a general guideline. A little Further away from you, since you are active duty military are the grounds around the Redstone Arsenal. Good place for housing is available and good duck hunting can be found there because its not open to the public, its real close to the Wheeler NWR. Is Located south of Huntsville on the Tennessee River.http://oldsouthhrc.org/