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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.
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 notes that it is Briar's 7th hunting season, and praises the dog's hunting skills highly. He hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Ft. Morris Thorns, Canaan, Glade Run, Mt. Storm, Clyde Davis Place, Henkel Place, Gates, Edelman, Rhobeth, Brown Hill, Mason County, Beaverdam Hollow, Roane County, and Cherry Run. In October, he visits Michigan without Kay to go hunting, where he meets noted bird hunter Tom Prawdzik, noting that he was not talkative. In each entry, he notes the weather, time, and location. He includes tables of hunt location statistics and grouse population numbers.
George notes that it is Briar's 6th hunting season. At the start of the season, unfortunately, Kay has an injured kneecap and is unable to walk. Accompanied by Briar, he hunts for woodcock and grouse in and around Mason Run, Brown Hill, Gates, Glade Run, Beaver Creek, Rehoboth Thorns, the Henkel Place, Tub Run Swamp, and Braddock Run. He begins writing "The Trouble with Bird Dogs." Each entry includes information about the weather and time, as well as statistics on flushes and shots. He includes a few tables with hunt statistics for each location.
This hunting season finds George at 78 years old, Belton at 9 1/2, and Quest at 17 months. Though he notes that it is the worst season for grouse he has seen in his years of hunting, he still visits locations in and around Rehobeth thorns, the Poplar house, Beavery Creek, Canaan Valley, the Bitely's land, Robert Harvey's land, Donald Moyers' thorns, the Henckels' place, Mrs. Burkes' land, Wilkinson Hollow, the Frankenhauser place, Mason Run, Wilkinson Road, Little Sandy South, Ray Guthrie's land, Charles Kelly's land, the Matthews' place, the Wrights' place, Chestnut Ridge, and Hunting Hills. He visits friends Jeff and Gabriella leach, Mike and Jean Bitely, Allan Van Alter, Robert harvey, Mrs. Burke, Raymond Seese, and Pat Deberry. Unlike many of his other journals, he does not include a chart or table of hunt statistics.
It is Belton's 9th season, George's 60th on grouse, and Kay's 52nd season. Along with Belton, George hunts with another dog, Quest. He visits locations in and around Hartman Run, the 4H camp, Gregg Knob, Rifle Ridge, Clarence Friends' land, Grassy Ridge, Terra Alta, Backbone Mountain, the Burkes' land, Wagoner Road, the Matthews' place, and the Franks' place. He visits with friends Dale Dawes, Bill Burns Jr., and Ray Guthrie. George admires the rhododendron and hemlock cover, though at 78 he finds climbing hills harder than twenty years earlier. He writes of Kay's photo of their old dog, Briar, appearing in "Gray's Journal." Later in the season, he hurts his shoulder and cannot mount a gun. Unlike many of his other journals, George does not include a table of hunt statistics.
In his 70th hunting season, George Bird Evans only hunts with Manton, as his dog Quest had passed away earlier in the year. He visits hunt locations including the Matthews' land, Canaan Valley, Raven Rock trail, Black Bear Thorns, Rehobeth, Balsam Run, Timberline cabins, Dolly Sods, the Poplar House, Kitzmiller Hill, Pine Creek, McClintock Ridge, and Little Sandy. George is often critical of Manton's hunting, comparing him to past dogs. Though he remarks sadly that many of his old hunting friends had passed away, he still hunts with Paul Matthews and Tom Kotay. Kay takes many photos of his hunts. George includes a couple pages of hunt data.
It is George's 71st season hunting grouse and Manton's 5th. He visits the Little Sandy, the Seese's land, Chestnut Ridge, and Jim Burris' land. However, he has no shots on grouse throughout the season and finds himself laid up with back and leg problems. He wonders if bow hunting has had an adverse affect on the grouse population.
In this journal, George writes of his second hunting season at Old Hemlock. He hunts for grouse and woodcock with his dogs Blue and Grouse along the Pennsylvania and West Virginia state line, and along Muddy Creek and Bruceton Road. He spends time hunting with his wife, Kay, and his neighbors and friends. He writes detailed notes about the weather and terrain.