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A really big gobbler for first turkey: And Turkey of the Week begins

Elinor Arato with her first turkey.

Elinor Arato bagged her first turkey during Illinois’ second youth hunt weekend. It was a 25-pound gobbler with a 10.5-inch beard and 1.25-inch spurs, taken near Milford.

It’s a pretty good way to start Turkey of the Week for another spring.

“[She was] using a 20-gauge shotgun and at 14 yards [made] a perfect head shot,” her father Giuseppe emailed.

TOTW, the celebration of turkey hunting stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs Wednesdays as warranted on the Sun-Times’ outdoors page. Submit nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (

Full-length photo of the first turkey by Elinor Arato.<br>Provided
Full-length photo of the first turkey by Elinor Arato.