If he's the guy that started this crap I don't care to read it..[:-]
Gee, that's an open-minded opinion![:D]
I got that little booklet about 15 years ago and though about as much of it-- never saw it in the wild, and didn't believe it. Then I moved to the farm in KY.
I have several "strut zones" on my place. These are places where individual gobblers hang out and strut. Usually these are utilized in mid-afternoon or late morning or both. The gobbler shows up and alternately loafs in the shadows and comes out into an open pasture and struts.
One of these places is near one of my barns. The hens come into the barn when it gets hot and they stay there and dust in the dirt most of the afternoon. The dominant gobbler usually struts 80 yards away. Off in one corner is usually an entourage of jakes and one or more sub-dominant gobblers. When the temperature is warm-- say over 80F for a high-- you'll see this happen maybe 2-3 days out of 7. It's not a sure thing they may form up this way. It's may happen 2 or three days in a row and then you don't see it for a week. In years where there is no certain dominant gob, you may see 2 jakes or two gobs strutting at opposite ends of the field.
If I had not seen it year after year over several generations of turkeys, I'd think it was a fluke. However, I do now believe in strut zones. I'm still a little bitter I blew $8 plus postage to get a lousy 15 page booklet, but I'm a believer.
TC: You often times make comments that you find turkey's behaviors to be somewhat aleatory and random. I would disagree in this regard: If you have enough history with a particular place with turkeys, eventually you will see patterns emerge, and these patterns can be stable across generations. The barns and pastures on my place have probably not changed in 150 years. I can't say I can predict that a certain gobbler will be at a certain pasture at 10 AM, but I can say that if I've had a bum morning and it's starting to warm up, it does not look like rain, I can go hide out at the edge of that pasture, and I have about a 30-50% chance that I'll see a nice gob come out and start strutting.
That's as close to a "strut zone" as I need.