There are a lot of things to miss when you are not in Southern Indiana
when Labor Day rolls around, but one of the things I miss most is only
incidental to hunting.
When I was a kid at good olí Crothersville, automobiles were few. As
a result, we rode Shankís Mare (feet and legs) almost everywhere we went.
Lou Nehrtís woods, my favorite for squirrel hunting, was roughly a mile
and a half west of the town of C-ville. You could get there by road with
a vehicle, but my route took me through fields of broom sedge, thickets,
and along the banks of Buck Creek.
I almost always went to the woods to hunt squirrels at the middle of
the afternoon. When I returned, darkness would be hovering over my path
and the sun no longer would be providing its warmth.
My route home always followed a well-worn path through a broom sedge
(we called it sage) field for at least half a mile, and the rolling hills
created a natural phenomenon that I will never forget.
Cold air from the skies would be replacing air warmed by the sun throughout
the bright afternoons, and when the path led me through deep-shaded valleys
(a drop of 20 or 30 feet), air temperatures would drop 30 or 40 degrees
in a matter of 50 or 60 yards.
When I first encountered this strange condition it was a little frightening.
I wondered if normal air temperatures would return as the path took me
back to high ground. And it always did.
My reaction to the cold air probably was at least partially explained
by the fact that I usually would be walking as fast as I could to beat
darkness to the town limits, and would be perspiring.
But it was a thing I looked forward to when Labor Day rolled around
and my after-school squirrel hunts took me to the woods. It is a thing
I miss very much--more than half a century later.
HEP ON HIP--Hoosiers who plan to
hunt migratory birds (this includes doves) must register for a Harvest
Information Program (HIP) number to stay within state and federal hunting
It is easy to register by telephone or on line, and it is free.
Still, to stay within the law, the hunter must have a HIP registration
number and it should be recorded some place where you can find it . . .
a good place is on your hunting license.
Although the registration procedure is simple, the prospective hunter
must have an Indiana hunting license and he/she must read the instructions
if registering on line.
To register by phone, dial 1/800-WETLAND. To register on line, go to
But in registering on line, remember that while the procedure asks for
the number of your Indiana hunting license, it will work only if you use
the last seven digits of that number.
walnuts and hickory nuts are falling now . . . beech nuts should be ripe
The fall migration of warblers has started . . . I have observed two
or three species of warblers in the last two days . . .