Wide Open Spaces
Open areas offer much better visibility, which can be a double-edged sword. Because turkeys can see much farther in the open, they may be less likely to come to a call if they don’t see the source.
This is where decoys can make a big difference. Turkeys can see them from much farther away, and if they’re so inclined, will be more likely to approach. Try to set up where your decoys will be most visible, like on a hilltop or off the point of a finger of woods jutting into a field. And be careful to set them to one side or the other of your position so approaching birds won’t be looking directly at you.
Know Your Opponent
Much of successful turkey hunting involves scouting and patterning, which is easier to do with field birds because they’re more visible. Even call-shy and decoy-shy birds have routines. Figure out where they go each morning, then try to get there ahead of them. Leave the decoys and the calls behind, be quiet, still and patient.
Singing in the Rain
Fields can sometimes be a turkey’s Achilles heel. They rely on their vision and hearing to detect predators, both of which can be severely impaired on windy and rainy days. The woods are full of noise and movement, so turkeys tend to seek out, and stay out in the fields during heavy winds and rain.
When I see either in the forecast, my plans usually involve a field, and often an armload of decoys, a portable pop-up blind and a comfortable folding chair (and maybe even a good paperback).
I set up in the dark and plan on staying as long as it takes, which may be several hours. But if you’ve seen birds in the field on any kind of regular basis, chances are even better they’ll show up on stormy days. Call sparingly and stay alert.