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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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.