This is my first time in zone 4, Ive always been in 3 where my brother lives. I live in zone 4 (Merrill) but hunt 3 with my brother since he got me hopelessly addicted to this sport.
I bought an extra tag and decided to try out 4 this year. I am hunting private land. Day one (wednesday) I worked til 6am and got to the spot around 7:15am. Had one strutting 50 yrds off the road on the property just south of where I had permission. Around 10am I called in a group of 3 hens and two jakes. I was very excited with this as it's the first time Ive used a diaphragm call. All the time practicing evidentally paid off.
Today I got in the blind, tried to get them to shock gobble but heard nothing. Just before flydown I heard 2 start gobbling, one around 100 yrds away and the other a bit further. I resisted the urge to call to them and when I felt it was time to flydown I did a flydown cackle. When I heard the closest one gobble next I gave a couple yelps and shut up. After flydown I heard one gobble twice...heading away from me. I called to him but received no response. I didnt hear anymore gobbling and didnt see anything the rest of the morning. I believe they headed (based on where I heard the last gobble) to the area I saw the strutter the previous morning.
I decided to stop and talk to the farmer who owns the little piece and got a thumbs up to set up there in the morning. I am stoked, but Ive learned never to get my hopes up too high when it comes to turkeys.
Anyway, what I have found in my experience is getting private turkey land to hunt is a piece of cake. Most farmers are busy in the spring with getting ready for field work. They therefore dont hunt themselves. I have had many farmers tell me "shoot em all" as they dont seem to care for them. I estimate I get about a 70% yes when asking permission. The only time I get "no" is when someone else is already hunting it. I will say though zone 3 is easier in getting permission vs zone 4, which I believe comes from more farms in zone 3.
Try it out next season, it's nothing like trying to get permission to hunt deer! I like to get out a couple weeks before the season and locate turkeys. I usually do this in the evening when they are heading back to roosting areas. This gives me an idea of the area they will be roosting. Find out who owns the land and ask permission. I usually like to get 3 or so pieces to hunt in case I find one was as promising as I'd hoped.