Both methods work and result in flopping turkeys. Conditons dictate what method I'll employ. I've killed a few turkeys and there are days that runnin and gunnin works great and others that it'll just result in bumped birds.
Knowing when to switch from one to the other allows you to kill birds under more conditions.
On some days you can start off aggressively and tone down and switch later in the morning.
Western styles of hunting are different at least in my experinece in that the key out there is to cover ground until you find the bird pockets. My experienence hunting Merriams out west has been one of staying on the move until birds are struck. It's kind of like trolling for bass on the big lakes in the middle of the day. You can't just sit out there unless you really know alot about the birds and patterns. Where we might feel like we've got room to move here on a 200- acre tract you'd want a 1000 plus to your self out there or more. You can hear birds a mile away and see em about that far. I've had em walk to the call for a 1/4 mile, seriously.
It's different there than the east because here (east) cover and available land is on a smaller scale and timber- foliage is different. Plus I think in the east you can set up with a better chance of birds to walk withing hearing distance and we have more birds per square mile.
Also limited tracts to hunt are a big factor and often requires you to set up as you can walk over a 200 acres pretty quick.
I agree that it takes experinece to chase and move on birds and it's a learned skill to kill em. It by know means that experineced proficient turkey hunters don't spend many hours sitting and hunting an area.
It takes good scouting and woodsmanship to know how and where to set up and put in your time. It also takes methods and calling sequences and a bucket of patience
I know a guy that I'd enter in a run and gun tournament as he was like the Tasmanian Devil when it came to methodically covering ground and aggressively getting after birds. IF they were at all prone to gobbling and this guy got in there with em, they were likely to die.
He'd tell you though that I killed birds on days he didn't because I'd sit my butt down when I thought it was time to and after hunting together he learned to slow down and hunt areas on certain days. I learned alot about moving and chasing birds from him and improved on my aggresive play book.
Alot has to do with preferred methods but I defintely believe there's a benefit to not being one dimensional and certainly no one should pass a judgement on how someone else chooses to enjoy turkey hunting.
What happens is at the end of the season we all have our birds. We killed them on the days that our approach would work and just spent time sitting or walking on the others.
Just a persective.
My rambling comments were made towards the content of the follow up post and not the original post. Sometimes original post evolve beyond an original question etc.
I've found it interesting as to how much you tell about individuals just by reading their post. Most are positive and a few are not. Some enjoy swapping ideas and stories and a few look for a spot to make less productive comments
I've found that either thru arrogance or ignorance or general personality defects some lean more towards unnecessary insults or become self appointed critics.
I've also come to realize that most of these types lack the intellectaull capacity to even understand their own shortcomings and to argue or discuss issues with this type of person is a lost cause.
Not saying your'e one of them but there are some out there.
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