ORIGINAL: Ozarks Hillbilly
Define ambush, according to a dictionary every turkey hunt is a ambush.
I would quite agree. All turkey hunting should be some form of ambush. At some point, you sit yourself down and let the turkey come into you.
On the other hand stalking is something that is seriously frowned on, purely for safety reasons. Both KY and OH , the states where I hunt most frequently do not have it as a law, but it is Rule #1 in the Safe Turkey Hunting Tips:
From the KY Hunting Rules, 2009:
1) Don't stalk a turkey. The chances of getting close enough are slim, but the chances of becoming involved in an accident are even greater.
Not calling is just as effective and ethical a method as calling. So is moving in close to a gobbler before sitting down. The point is that at some point you want to stop moving and put your butt on the ground and wait. Besides, if we had everyone up and stalking through the woods, we'd have a lot more fatalities.
Now I also acknowledge that there seems to be a specialized meaning to ambush among turkey hunters. I read it as something like "waiting for a turkey or flock to pass from a concealed position without benefit of calling." I do a lot of that sort of hunting, and I do it for several reasons: [ul][*]It's easier to do with kids. About half the time I hunt, I have a son in tow.
[*]I hunt the same 200 acres every year and the patterns of the turkeys have become somewhat predictable
[*]A lot of my hunting ends up being in the early part of the season before the gobblers have really warmed up. They don't gobble much and they don't come to calls all that readily.[/ul]It really makes no sense when you're on the same plot year after year to fake surprise when a flock that's been in the same tree for decades heads toward the same oak grove or pasture to feed. It also does not make sense to wear a hole in your call when the gobblers are following hens tightly.