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George begins his journals detailing the Indian Summer during October of that year, noting that leaves were falling but many were still on the trees. It is his 26th hunting season, and his dog Ruff's 6th hunting season. With his Fox double gun, he hunts for grouse with Ruff, Wilda, and Feathers along Roaring Creek, Lick Run, Brandonville, Mason Run, Little Sandy, the Cooper's Rock area, Hazel Run, Rockvelle, Dolly Sods, Petersburg, Crane School Road, and Upper Laurel. Kay takes pictures of George hunting with the dogs with her Retina II camera. George notes that Feathers has been carefully bred but is not a good bird dog quite yet. He makes many notes of the weather and terrain.
George writes of hunting with Kay and their dogs Ruff, Feathers, and Wilda. He hunts in and around Coopers Rock State Forest and Enchanted Valley. He has a new puppy, Shadow. He details a ban on hunting in WV due to dryness and fire risk. He goes to PA, Pine Knob, and Piney Run. Kay takes many pictures of their outings.
George makes note that it is Ruff's 8th season, Wilda's 4th, and Feathers' 3rd. It is George's 28th season with his Fox double gun, and his 30th grouse season. He visits Dolly Sods, the Allegheny Mountains, Canaan Valley, and Terra Alta. Kay accompanies him on some of his hunts, filming and taking photos. He visits a preserve in New Jersey and makes notes of pheasant in the area. Later in the season, when the WV season reopens, he finds a lost kitten. He visits Cucumber Run, Tub Run, White's Creek, Hazel Run, Roaring Gap, Lick Run, and Little Sandy.
George writes that it is Ruff's 9th season and Feathers' 4th season. He also hungs with his dogs Wilda and Shadows at Roaring Gap, Laurel Run Valley, Canaan Montain, Hazelton, along the Cheat River between Albright and Kingwood, Scott's Run, and Beaver Creek. He goes pheasant shooting in Michigan. He attempts to breed Ruff with Doll (the dog of someone else.) Kay takes photos and films their outings. He makes frequent note of the weather and terrain.
George begins this journal by noting that it is his dogs' Ruff's 10th season and Feathers' 5th season. He also hunts along with Shadow and Wilda, two blue spaniels. He hunts for grouse in Chesnut Ridge, Monongahela National Forest, Cooper's Rock State Forest, and Scott Run. He chats with Mrs. Charley Meyers about shooting grouse, and is annoyed that she mistakes it for pheasant. Later in the year, he visits Pittsburgh for shopping and to see the symphony. Towards the end of the season, he details training Shadows and Wilda to point and retrieve. Ruff's paw is stiff and he can't hunt, while Feathers accidentally pierces a leg on a thorn. While hunting, Kay slips downhill holding 2/3 of a gun. George includes many illustrations of grouse in flight and his dogs, and includes charts with statistics about each dogs' retrieves. He makes note of the weather and terrain in many entries.
George begins this journal the day after opening day. He goes hunting along with his dogs Ruff, George, and Gay, and is accompanied by Gay's handler, Carl. Training in the pheasant fields, he includes a data chart of statistics for each dog. He hunts, sometimes accompanied by Kay, in and around Roaring Creek, Upper Beaver, Uniontown, Stony River, Stamping Ground Run, and Scott Run. He looks for grouse in covers of hemlock and rhododendron, and describes leaves and scenes around Old Hemlock. He marks the anniversary of Speck's death. In many entries, he describes the weather and terrain in great detail.
George attends the Amwell pheasant hunt in New Jersey. Back in West Virginia, he notes that it is his dog Dixie's first season, and also hunts with his other dogs Shadows, Feathers, and Ruff. He visits Uniontown and Whetsell City, and hunts for woodcock in Canaan Valley. He makes detailed notes of the terrain and weather in most entries.
George writes that it is his dog Ruff's 13th season and Dixie's 2nd season. It is his 33rd hunting season with his Fox double gun. Along with his other dogs Feathers and Shadows, George hunts for woodcock, pheasant, and grouse. He hunts in and around Willett Swamp, Worley Wright's swamp, Davis, Blackwater Gorge, Cabin Mountain, Devil's Run, Canaan Valley, and Blackwater Park. Sadly, he notes that Ruff is getting old, with slight health problems, and is not out hunting for more than four hours. Feathers and Shadows are better with pheasants than with grouse. He makes note of the terrain and weather in most entries, and includes statistics for each dog.
In this journal, George notes that it is Ruff's 14th season, Feathers' 9th season, Shadows' 8th season, and Dixie's 3rd season. It is his 34th season hunting with his Fox double gun. During this year, he makes a trip to Cabin 22 at Canaan Valley. He hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Canaan Mountain, Stony River Dam, Blackwater, Barnes Run, Scott Place, and Whitsell County. He writes of allowing rabbit hunting at Old Hemlock, and describes different methods of communicating with and training his dogs. Later, he decides not to continue hunting Feathers and Dixie together, and begins pairing Dixie and Shadow together. It is Feathers' last season. He makes note of the terrain and weather frequently, and keeps statistics for each dog.
It is George's first year without Feathers, and Ruff's 15th and last season. It is George's 35th season with the Fox gun. Along with Dixie and Shadows, he hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Roaring Gap, Decker's Run, Meyers Rocks, Abraham's Creek, Dolly Sods, Davis Trail, Cabin mountain, Laurel Run, Flag Run, and Petersburg. He is occasionally accompanied by Meade and Bean, his other dogs. Noting the thick rhododendron and greenbrier cover, he hunts Dixie and Ruff together. Later, George enjoys some post-season pheasant shooting at the Nemacolin Trail Preserve. Making frequent notes of the weather and terrain, he keeps detailed statistics for each individual dog and illustrates some of his journal entries.
In this journal, sadly, George notes that Ruff had died earlier that year. Still, accompanied by Shadows and Dixie, he makes a trip to Canaan Valley to hunt woodcock and grouse. Later, he notes that he is having some eye trouble, and is using a bell on Shadows to keep him located. He writes that a man is interested in his next litter of puppies, and later visits the Arthurdale preserve.
George notes that it is Shadows' 11th season and Dixie's 6th season. He hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Canaan Valley, Upper Dority, and Kingwood. Dixie has puppies in January of the next year--Bliss, Bonnie, and Mark. Sadly, George's mother passes away that January. Later, George goes pheasant-shooting in the preserve. He makes frequent notes of terrain and weather and records detailed statistics for each dog.
In this journal, George notes that his new dog, Bliss, the double granddaughter or Ruff, seems to be the most promising gun dog since Ruff. Accompanied by Dixie and Bliss, he hunts for quail, woodcock, and grouse in and around Lower Dority, Canaan Valley, Blackwater, Dolly Sods, and Watoga State Park. Shadows is involved in an accident while hunting. Later, George hunts in PA due to a fire closure in WV, and makes his way to the Arthurdale preserve in the post season to hunt pheasant. He makes frequent notes of the weather and terrain and keeps statistics for each dog.
George Bird Evans' 1965 journals seem to be missing a few pages at the beginning and the end. In the pages provided, George hunts for woodcock and grouse with Dixie, Shadows, and Bliss in and along Yokum Run, Blackwater, Devils Run, Island Knoll, Beaver Creek, Upper Dority, Sugar Valley Knob, Bishoff Place, Mount Storm, Whistsell Settlement, and the Rockwell Preserve. Later, he hunts for pheasant and quail as well. He makes frequent note of the weather and terrain and occasionally illustrates his journal entries.
George writes that it is Shadows' 14th and last season, Dixie's 10th, and Bliss' 3rd. He hunts for grouse in and around many sites, including Blackwater, Gates, Scott Place, Mt. Storm, Gregg Knob, Canaan, Cupp Run Swamp, Upper Dority, Hazelton, Upper Beaver, Lick Run School, Scott Place, Armstrong Bottom, Leander Place, and Little Sandy. He writes of meeting with Bill Ringer. Early the next year, he visits the Rockwell preserve to hunt for pheasants.
Along with his dogs Bliss and Dixie, George hunts for woodcock and grouse in and around Gregg Knob Glades, Blackwater, Hartman Place, Mt. Storm, Huckleberry Plains, Sugar Valley, Little Sandy, and Glover Place. He meets with Bill Ringer and Ezra Kelly and visits the land of Butch Bennett and Charlie Bryte. He illustrates some of his entries, and makes detailed notes of the terrain and weather. He keeps statistics on each dog.
George begins his journals on opening day, noting that it Bliss is 4 1/2 and Dixie is healthy at 10 1/2. Sadly, Shadows has died. George hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Gregg Knob, Mt. Storm, Mason Run, The Gates, Glover Place, Ezra Kelly's Place, Harmony Grove Road, Little Sandy, Canaan Mountain, and Connelly. He meets with friends Peg and les. He notes statistics for each hunting location and dog. He makes frequent note of the weather and terrain.
George writes that his dog Bliss has died, while it is Dixie's 12th season and Briar's 1st season after intensive training. Bunny, a new Old Hemlocker, stays at home at the start of the year. George details his outings hunting for grouse and woodcock at locations including Fred Moon, Gates, Mt. Storm, Canaan Mountain, Connelly, Glade Farms Glade, Gibbon's Glade, Winding Ridge, Tub Run, the McGrew Place, and the Bishoff Place. In most entries, he notes the location, the weather, the names of the dogs he is hunting with, and statistics including the number of flushes and shots he attempts. He includes many sketches of his dogs as well as a table with hunt statistics from each location he visits and each individual dog that accompanies him.
George begins his journal on Opening Day with his dog Briar. He notes that it is Dixie's 13th season, and she will probably not be hunting much except for woodcock coverts. He hunts in and around Wright's, Scott Place, Paiva Place, Canaan Valley, Gates, Connelly Place, Edelman, Rehoboth, Upper Tub Run, Braddock Run, Five Forks Glades, Dinner Bell Pipeline, McGrew Place, Bishoff Place, upper Dority, Little Sandy, and Scott Place. In each entry, he notes the weather, the number of flushes and shots, and the names of the dogs he hunts with. He includes a table with hunt statistics of each outing location and individual dog.
George writes sadly of Dixie's death, noting that she and her daughter Bliss were two of the best woodcock dogs he'd ever had. This season, he hunts with his dogs Briar and Bunny. They go on outings in and around Gates, Beaver Creek, Scott Place, Leander Place, Mt. Storm, Little Sandy DeBerry, Braddock Run, Birch Hill, Winding Ridge, Tub Run, and the McGrew Place. Each entry includes information about the weather, statistics on flushes and shots, and the name of the dog he is hunting with. He includes tables of hunt statistics for each location and individual dog.