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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.
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.
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 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.
Along with his dog, Briar, George hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Gates, Rehoboth Thorns, Canaan Valley, Cabin Mountain, the Henkel Place, North Bend State lodge, Shultz, Hen Run, Tub Run, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He notes later that he is having some vision trouble. In the post-season, he visits the Hunting Hills shooting club to hunt quail, pheasant, and chukars. In each entry, he includes information on the time, weather, and location, as well as statistics on flushes and shots. He includes a table with hunt statistics for each location, as well as hunt numbers for himself, Kay, and Briar.
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.
George praises the effect that the electric collar has had on Briar's training. He hunts for woodcock and grouse in and around Little Sandy DeBerry, Gates, Canaan Valley, Rehoboth Thorns, Henkel Place, Morrison Place, Braddock Run, and McGrew. In the postseason, he goes hunting for quail, pheasants, and woodcock on the preserve and takes photos for an article on the electronic collar. In each entry, he includes the outing location, information about the time and weather, and the name of the dog he is hunting with. He includes a table of hunt statistics for each location and 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 64th season gunning grouse. This year finds George at 81 3/4 years old, while Belton is 12 1/2 and Quest is 4 1/2. Belton starts chemotherapy, and while initially he seems to be doing well, George soon realizes that he cannot hunt as he normally does, as he tires easily. George eventually makes a note of Belton's last day hunting. George, Kay, and the dogs go hunting on and around locations including Ray Guthrie's land, the hartman place, Clyde Davis' land, Canaan Valley, Mt. Storm, Rehobeth Thorns, Poplar House, Hank Mullen's land, Black Bear Woods, Hank Mallow's land, Canaan Mountain, the Corinth thorns, Paul Uphold's land, Greene County, Deer Lake, the Asa Wright house, Ray Guthrie's land, and Little Sandy North. He meets up with friends Jimmy Spiker and Mrs. Ward Crane. George refers to this year as a "lost season," noting Belton's poor health and his own re-injuring of his right shoulder, which makes it impossible for him to shoot. With frustration, he writes that he moved around twenty grouse this season in West Virginia, the same number he would havemoved in the '40's and '50's in a single day. George includes a table of statistics with organized data for his hunt locations and dogs.