Having lived in Indiana, I'd say it's early. I usually didn't see any acorns on the ground until after Labor Day. They are calling for a stronger El Nino, though that usually doesn't do much for weather in the mid-west, it just might mean y'all will have an earlier first snow/frost than normal. Only time will tell though.
Pay it forward - Kids are the future.
Rifles are similar to boats and young women...there's no end to how much money you can pour into them without making them any more useful.