Spring turkey hunting: Brian Schlenger meets challenge of hunting public lands in Illinois at Midewin

Brian Schlenger met the challenge of turkey hunting in the spring on Illinois’ public lands, specifically at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

SHARE Spring turkey hunting: Brian Schlenger meets challenge of hunting public lands in Illinois at Midewin
Brian Schlenger met the challenge of hunting Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. Provided photo

Brian Schlenger met the challenge of hunting Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

Provided

Brian Schlenger sent this good photograph of a fanned tom turkey from Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.

“Those public land birds are smart,” he tweeted.

Midewin is a nearly 20,000-acre U.S. Forest Service site in Will County near Wilmington. The deer and turkey hunting is administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources through the usual IDNR drawings for permits.

I noted the good photograph, because I appreciate good photos for any of the “Of The Week” shorts. It takes time, skill and luck to bag a spring turkey. Give the bird its due with a good photo.

Spring turkey hunting in Illinois ends Thursday in the south zone and May 13 in the north.

TOTW, the celebration of hunting wild turkeys in Illinois and their stories (the stories matter, as this one shows), runs Wednesdays in the paper Sun-Times as warranted. The online posting here at https://chicago.suntimes.com/outdoors goes up at varied days of the week, depending on what is going on the wide world of the outdoors.

To make submissions, email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com) or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

The Latest
This is a deeply beautiful piece of writing, bleakly funny, poetic in its plainness, aching in its intense empathy for the characters, brought to life by Laurie Metcalf and Micah Stock at Steppenwolf Theatre.
The list is a combination of obscure players on the recruiting front who raised their stock and others who have received attention — and even offers — but should have a whole lot more.
The Bears are rising, but they aren’t the only ones. There are still plenty of hurdles in their path to contending.
A self-described hippie, Ms. Lurie moved to Chicago in 1973 to work as an intensive care nurse. She wound up giving tens of millions of dollars to Northwestern University, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Greater Chicago Food Depository, PAWS Chicago and several other organizations both in the city and beyond.
Chicago’s food scene is “the lifeblood” of “The Bear,” cast member Ebon Moss-Bachrach told reporters during a news conference call with co-stars Jeremy Allen White and Ayo Edebiri on Monday.