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Wild of the Week: Turkey on the Fox

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Brad Neyman emailed, ``I shot a turkey . . . with my camera phone!''


He was fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the west side of the Fox River near Batavia when it appeared.

``After one particularly poor cast, I looked self-consciously over my shoulder and saw this gal,'' he emailed.

Let's stop right there for a second. That sentence alone nailed me. I have been in spot of making an embarrassing cast while fly fishing and looking around just hoping nobody saw it.

Neyman continued, ``There's a biking/walking path directly behind her up the hill, which can be quite busy on a nice day. Because of this, I think, she barely acknowledged me even when I gave a yip to get her to stand up for a better shot.''

In many ways, wild turkeys are making similar advances toward and into suburban and urban areas as deer and coyotes.

Send nominations for WOTW, the occasional celebration of wild things around Chicago outdoors on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page, to

Usually this time of the year, I am running Buck of the Week: Unplugged, but, again, but I was already running a BOTW photo for the main column on Sunday.

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