Patoka Sportsman 8-25-18

Patoka Sportsman 8-25 & 8-26-18

Most of us who hunt dream about harvesting a record buck or wild turkey.  We hunt for years and never reach that goal.  A young Dubois County hunter has harvested a state record wild turkey on his first hunt.  Six year old Cohen Werne of Jasper harvested the largest turkey killed during the 2018 season and the 17th biggest in the state’s history.  Cohen shot his record turkey on April 21 the first day of the youth turkey hunting season.  Cohn talked to me about his special hunt.  (audio) Cohen’s dad Brock is an avid hunter as is his grandpa Albert Seger.  The bird had four beards.  The four beards totaled 36 inches with the longest one being 11 inches.  The NWTF also measured the birds weight at 26.25 pounds and it scored over 117 total points on the NWTF scale.  Cohen received a certificate of his achievement.  Brock told Cohen that he’d probably never shoot a turkey this big again and Cohen responded “next year I’ll shoot one with five beards.” 

Congratulations to Master Officer Tony Mann on being selected as the 2017 James Pitzer Indiana Conservation Officer of the year.

An Indiana Hunter Education Course is slated for Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th at Pine Ridge Elementary School. Classes will run from 6p.m. to 9p.m. on Friday 14th and from 8a.m. to 4p.m. on Saturday 15th. Participants must attend both days to complete the course. All Indiana residents are invited to complete this FREE course. All instruction will be by Indiana conservation officers and certified Indiana volunteer hunter education instructors. Certification is required for anyone born after December 31, 1986, who wishes to purchase an Indiana hunting license. The course will cover ethics, safety, laws, survival and safe handling practices for archery, black powder and firearms. Lunch will be provided for participants and attending family members for $5/person on Saturday.  To sign up, visit There is a 25- student limit for the class and pre-registration is required. This course is being sponsored by the Dubois County Shooting Sports Instructor Council. For questions, call (812)685-2447.

An Indiana Hunter Ed. Course will be held at the Doverhill Christian Union Church located 4 miles north of Shoals on Hwy. 450 Thursday, Sept. 13, Friday, Sept. 14 & Saturday, Sept. 15. All instruction will be by Indiana Conservation Officers and certified Indiana volunteer Hunter Ed. Instructors.  There is no charge for attending the class.  Hunter Ed. Certification is required for all persons born after Dec. 31, 1986 who wish to purchase an Indiana hunting license.  To register go to pass it on Indiana dot com.

The 17th annual “Wheelin’ IN the Fish” will be held at Osborn Boat Ramp, Patoka Lake on Saturday, September 15 from 10a.m. – 2p.m. This free fishing event promotes the accessible features of Patoka Lake for participants with special needs and their families. Whether confined to a wheelchair or any other circumstance that doesn't allow them to live alone, bring those folks out to join us for FREE fishing, FREE boat rides and FREE lunch! If you work for a nursing home, group home, or in home health service- (or have family members in one of these facilities) get your patrons outdoors and into the fun!! Everything they need will be provided from fishing poles to tackle and refreshments too. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Patoka Bass Anglers, and Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living (SICIL) host this annual event. Bring lawn chairs and sunscreen to enjoy the day at Patoka Lake. Certificates and door prizes will be awarded to all participants!