A little help from friends on bagging first spring gobbler leads to Turkey of the Week

Tucker Cunningham bagged his first spring gobbler, with help from friends, to earn Turkey of the Week.

SHARE A little help from friends on bagging first spring gobbler leads to Turkey of the Week
Tucker Cunningham (left) with his first spring gobbler, taken with calling help from Sam Reese.

Tucker Cunningham (left) with his first spring gobbler, taken with calling help from Sam Reese.

Photo provided by Dana Andreoli

Dana Andreoli nominated Tucker Cunningham of Maple Park for Turkey of the Week with his first turkey, from state land near Oregon.

“Tucker got the bird while [Chicagoan] Sam [Cunningham] was helping call - a great team effort!” Andreoli emailed.

The tom had 1-inch spurs and a 9-inch beard.

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 athttps://chicago.suntimes.com/outdoorsgoes 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) orcontact me onFacebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

The Latest
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown unsuccessfully pushed for a 10-day suspension for Officer Adolfo Bolanos, who shot 17-year-old Michael Elam Jr. three times in February 2019.
Keuchel’s ERA climbed to 7.88 after his latest poor outing Thursday.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown pushed for a 180-suspension, but the vice president of the Chicago Police Board ruled against him.
Host and designer Alison Victoria helps a couple expecting their first child build their Evanston home from the ground up.
Richard Banks, 22, and Christian Anderson, 16, both of Chicago, face first-degree murder charges in the May 14 shooting death of Jeremiah Ellis.