I am glad to see other people on here believe in honey holes. I've been getting scolded about mentioning the concept for years. However, the fact that they can exist is undeniable once you've seen one.
Turkey hunting is odd, because we start off putting one hand behind our back on several counts. We only hunt them just so. Okay. A lot of it is state law, and we all agree on it. However, so much of this sport is the blind following of the catechisms of a few old masters. Most of them never saw a honey hole. Most of them did not believe they existed. Therefore most of us fail to see them.
The reason most big name turkey hunters never saw a honey hole is that they were traveling too fast and too far. If you hunt 5 states a year, you will not see it. If you hunt with guides, you will not see it. If you scout from a truck you won't see it. On the other hand, if you are stuck on your same family plot year after year hunting the same flocks, you may.
Turkey are not much different than largemouth bass with wings and legs. Nobody doubts the ideas of structure fishing anymore. Turkeys do pretty much the same thing. They follow certain structures from their roost to their food to where they loaf and back to where they roost. My farm probably has not had significant changes to the basic structures for 150 years. Probably the turkeys on it have changed their patterns of movement and feeding at about the same pace. I have been on the same family plot for a decade now. Of the birds that befuddled me the first season, I am now hunting their great grandfathers and beyond. In ten years, these birds have coughed up a few secrets.
What is a honey hole? It is basically a spot where a hunter knows he can plunk himself down and probably intercept turkeys during the course of their daily business. It is a spot where it all comes together. You have birds. You have cover. You have. . .
. . . Alright, this IS ambushing the birds. Okay? But what of it. After a few years, you cannot help noticing you are putting your butt down in the same spot and leaning against the same tree.