My original question was wondering if anyone has success just sitting in an area waiting.
Yes. Great success. But places like that only come to you after you have hunted the same property for several seasons. I wouldn't recommend it for just strolling into your local WMA and plopping down at a "likely" looking spot.
The first couple seasons we hunted our 450 acre Missouri lease, I noticed the birds preferred a back corner of a pasture on the east end for a mid day strut zone. I couldn't get closer than a hundred yards to the area by ditch, woodpile or anything else if the birds beat me there. The third year I built a brush blind under the only tree in the corner. The next day I killed a gobbler there at 11:00 a.m. The next season I tagged a tom there just before 1:00 p.m. I've taken five gobblers from the same brush blind in seven seasons. By sitting and waiting.
The brush blind has been integrated into the way I now hunt the farm. I'll start at the west end near roosting areas for flydown. I'll hunt there until around 8:30 a.m. and then slowly work my way east down the back creek calling occasionally and maybe working a setup or two. But by 10:30 or so I can be found at the brush blind. Places like that are called "honey holes" for a reason.
As others have noted, I think you'll find that sage turkey hunters will let the land they are hunting and their knowledge of it dictate their style. If you limit your style by pre-determining that you're going to be a "run and gunner" because you don't have the patience to sit, you're actually limiting your opportunity for success.
Here in southern Michigan the land is mostly broken up into small parcels and farms. You can't afford to walk all over a spot, you'll just push the birds onto a neighboring property where someone else can shoot them. If I have a lot of property to hunt, I'm much more likely to cover some ground and try to locate birds, in that situation that's the higher percentage play. Now would be a good time to mention the "Woods Wide Alarm System." For you less experienced hunters, just because you haven't seen turkeys running doesn't mean you are not bumping birds. The critters are all in cahoots and spooked deer, nervous squirrels and sprinting rabbits will all alert turkeys that something is amiss and there is an intruder in an area. Consider that factor next time you plan your hunt for an area.
Sitting and waiting can be a deadly tactic. It just has to be the right place at the right time.