When I first started turkey hunting, I thought I HAD to be in position long before daylight. I drove to my area, hiked in and was sitting down at least 45 minutes before daylight. I listened to the turkeys as they woke up and I listened to them as they flew down. Then I most often would watch them walk away from me, either feeding or chasing hens.
So I was then sure, the best time to hunt was late in the afternoon, just before dark. I tried to ambush them as they were heading to the roost. Sure, it worked a few times, but if I didn't pick the right spot, I never saw them.
Then by accident, I started hunting late in the morning or very early in the afternoon. I was more or less just taking up time till the evening hunt. And to do so, I clucked a few times and sat and enjoyed some sunshine. BUT, low and behold, here came a tom. Wow! I tried this a few times and I've found that I can call in more toms in the late morning and early afternoon than any other time.
What have you found to be the best time???