"Wait long enough" in a predetermined spot....then turkey hunting just becomes stand hunting like deer hunting.
Everyday I hunt is a new day. I turkey hunt with this rule....
A turkeys brain is no bigger than a pe'cAn....I never leave the house thinking I know what he will do.....Heck they don't even know what they are going to do.
Keep this in mind and it will add to your game bag.
Oh, don't get me wrong. I don't disagree with you. It is just that over the 7 seasons I have hunted my farm, I found myself sitting against the same trees and decided to make something of it. On 200 acres there is only just so many ways you can cross between pastures and only so many high spots, shady field edges etc. JPH was talking on another thread about how intensively scouting small plots is not such a great idea. He's right. If the turkeys come to loaf under a certain big tree this Spring, they've probably been doing it for the past 20 generations of birds. I've talked to a bunch of hunters who've hunted my place over the years. In some cases, their daddies took them to these spots. I learned about them on my own.
I can tell you for a fact that I can stand in one fence line, dead center on my property and tell from the gobbling how my day is going to be. There is a similar spot near a barn about 300 yards from the house. If I go to that spot and don't hear gobbles, I know it is going to be a tough morning. On the other hand, on those same mornings, I can go hang out at the picnic table at the campground on the back of the property, read my book and be fairly certain of at least seeing a flock of hens come through sometime between 11 and 2. I'll still hunt hard in a normal sort of way and probably not get there until 1030. However, you can bet my travels will be taking me towards the campground before I call it quits and go in. Even if the hens don't show up, I may still go over, set up a decoy in the middle of the clearing and go hide in the bushes to eat my lunch. Yes, I've been known to stash an extra cushion at the campground before season.
Now some of y'all have undoubtedly turned up your noses to this concept. This just ain't proper turkey hunting to you. You have to understand:
1) We're hunting in the northern extremity of the state. The seasons are probably set to best service the middle or south of the state. 10 miles north, across the river in Ohio the season is starting a week or two later.
2) We're hunting private parcels of at most a few hundred acres, not vast public areas
3) In some cases, the structures hunted have been there for 150 years without major changes.
We're adapting what guys like Ben Lee taught us about turkey hunting to the conditions we find. I know for a fact that some of my neighbors have pre-positioned blinds. Some of them hunt one blind every day for a week, and don't do much more than that for the whole season. It does not sound fun to me, but then again they're on less than 20 acres and I'm on 200.
It took me years to figure out that I wasn't a deficient turkey hunter, because I did not have good success at flydown, and I ambush more turkeys than otherwise. I'm no longer apologizing for it. Spring Gobbler season can be and IS a lot like deer season for some of us, and I'm not afraid to say it.