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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 journal on Opening Day; it is Briar's 9th season and Belton's 2nd. Sometimes accompanied by Kay, he hunts in and around Gates, Reservoir Hill, Clyde Davis High Orchard, Rehobeth, Grassy Ridge, Kitzmiller, Lacey Thorns, Edelman, Bayard Road, McMullen, Henckel Place, Ft. Morris Thorns, Cherry Run, Graveyard Glade, Birch Hill, Bishop Place, Armstrong Bottom, Barrati, Hoye Run, Upper Dority, Milford, Conaway Glade, Little Sandy, and Lower Hog Run. In each entry, he makes note of the weather, time, and hunt location. He includes several tables of hunt statistics.
George begins the season in Cincinnatus, New York. It is Briar's 8th season and Belton's 1st season. He hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Woodcock Hill, Blackwater, Canaan Valley, Edelman, Rehobeth Gates, Negro Mountain, Buchel's Thorns, Fort Morris, Laurel Run, Cherry Run, Henkel Place, the Mt. Nebo Public Hunting Area, Potomac State Forest, and Hunting Hill. In each entry, he notes the weather, time, and location. He includes a few tables of hunt statistics for each location and individual dog.
This season finds dogs Belton at 10 1/2 years old and Quest at 2 1/2, while George himself is pushing 80. This season features Quest's first retrieve. Beginning his journals in New York State, George hunts in Afton, Hunt Hill, Hardback Knob, Oquagua Lake, Wheeler Road, Woodcock Corner, Jersey Hill, and Willow Court. In West Virginia and Pennsylvania, he hunts in and around Mount Storm, the Corinth dogwood cover, Poplar House, Clyde Davis' place, Rehobeth, Pigeon Roost Road, Arnold Basin, Ray Guthrie's land, AJ McMullen's place, Dinner Bell Corner, Haudershell, Paul Uphold's land, the Paul Liston Mine, the Hartman place, the Peava place, and Ft. Morris thorns. He hunts with and visits Bill McClure, Jim Nestor, Ray Smith, Rick Gyrka, and Dale Seese. He meets a descendant of his old dog, Ruff, who is mixed with what he terms "rough blood," and expresses disappointment in the resulting dog. He also remarks that Quest is a great disappointment as a dog. He includes a table of statistics with numbers and information for each location and dog.
It is George's 63rd season at 80 years old. His dogs Belton and Quest are 11 1/2 and 3 1/2 years old, respectively. He remarks on the "glorious" Indian summer at the start of the season. Though he speaks disparagingly of the amount of grouse this season, he still visits locations in and around Rehobeth Thorns, Canaan Valley, Timberline, the Black Bear development, Ohiopyle, the Mitchell place, Furnace Road, Fawcett Bottom, Upper Wilkinson, Far Edelman, the Poplar House, the Deer Lake Game Lands, Cemetery Hill, Ray Guthrie's land, Charlie Seese's land, the Chorpenning place, Little Sandy, the Nicholson place, Graveyard Glade, and Chestnut Ridge. He visits with and hunts with friends including Ben Thompson, James Ramsey, Clyde and Cora Davis, Glenn McCarty, and Rob Stout. Later in the season, he fondly remembers his old dogs' Briar and Dixie's birthdays. He includes a table with information and statistics about each hunt location and dog.
George's 73rd hunting season finds him at nearly 91 years and Kay at 91, while Manton is 6 1/2. Hunting without a gun for much of the season, he visis Little Sandy South, the Pauls' place, June's place, Roaring Creek Bridge, Charlie Seese's land, Hog Run, Livingood Road, and Muddy Creek. He drives to where he shot his first West Virginia grouse in 1939. Many of the old roads are now grown over, showing no signs of use by car, and George expresses concern that he and Kay are no longer in condition to be hunting and traversing slippery, steep hills. When he finally flushes grouse, it happens on the outing when he hunts without a gun, but he is still overjoyed at the prospect of there being grouse in the area.
This season, George has a new puppy, Becasse. It is George's 72nd season hunting grouse, and he visits the Paul place, Ezra Kelly's land, Pine Creek, Route 44, the Wilkinsons' land, and Tub Run tributaries. He hunts along with Paul Whosley and Ross Steinhauer, training Becasse to hunt with Manton and making good use of the 4-wheel-drive on slippery roads. George laments the greatly reduced grouse population in West Virginia and the generally empty coverts. He becomes sick with pneumonia in December.
In this journal, George laments the prospect of scant hunting due to his new job working with aircraft. In what few notes he writes, he hunts for quail and grouse with his dog, Blue. He makes note of hunting with Kay at Roaring Creek.
These journals include a typed letter to Hans Uhlig from George with suggestions for limits on grouse and rabbit during the hunting season, and laments the lack of quail in the area. He also mentions the novels he and Kay had written, including Death in Four Colors, which won the Red Badge Prize. In his shooting notes, he hunts in and around Lick Run, Firetown Ridge, Glade Run Valley, Big Sandy below Rockville, Laurel Run, Collins Knob, Little Sandy above Clifrton, the PA/WV line, Upper Beaver, Middle Valley, Petersburg, and Valley Point. He is accompanied by his dogs, Ruff and Wilda. He makes frequent notes of the weather and terrain.
George writes about hunting with Ruff and Blue. Though it is Ruff's fourth season, it is Blue's twelfth, and he tires easily, so much so that George has to carry him on his shoulders towards the end of one trip. Along with Kay, he hunts for grouse in Laurel Run, Log House Hollow, Upper Beaver, Forks of the Sandy River, Upper Quary Run, Lick Run, Enchanted Valley, and Roaring Creek. He encounters deep snow later in the year. Many of his entries make detailed note of the weather and terrain.