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George writes of his outings hunting for grouse and woodcock, noting the date, weather, and location in each entry. Along with their dog Belton, Kay accompanies George on many of his hunts, taking both still photos and video. George nostalgically compares Belton to Briar, praising both dogs highly. He remembers working with Dixie, Briar, and Bliss in various coverts he encounters. Later, he praises the performance of four wheel drives in rough weather and terrain. George hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Plum Place, Upper Wilderness, Maust, Morrison, White Oak, Hoyes Run, Hartman, Ft. Morris Thorns, Little Sandy, Graveyard Glade, Glover, Frank Wright's Place, Wilkinson's Sawmill, Wilburn, Rattlesnake Hill, English Hill, Rehobeth, Rifle Ridge, park Corner, Ridge Road, and the Bayard Graveyard. He includes tables of hunt statistics for each location.
Now in his 58th season, George does not hunt on Opening Day. When he does hunt, however, he is accompanied by his dog, Belton, and his wife, Kay. He meets with friends including Clarence Friend, John Landis, and Neil Sheehan. Throughout the season, he hunts in locations in and around Al Brown's place, the Friends' land, Dolly Sods, Fisher's Spring Bog, Somerville Road, the Allegheny Mountains, Ben Thompson's "gates," Mount Storm South, the Hartman Place, Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley, Paul Uphold's land, Pigeon Roost Road, Poplar house, Rehobeth, Graveyard Glade, the Matthews' Place, Spruce Spring, Three States Corners, Galecrest, Upper Wilderness, Little Sandy North, Tub Run, Far Cucumber Run, Parnell Road, Meyers Rocks, and the Wilkinson Place. In each entry, he notes the location, weather, and makes some notes regarding the performance of Belton. He notes the thick hawthorne, blackberry, and grapevine cover, and admires the fields of goldenrod and St. Johns Wort. He sees hawks, groundhogs, and owls, but finds the grouse lacking. During Thanksgiving, he hunts along the Mason-Dixon line. He hunts with Kay on their 56th anniversary. Unlike many of his other journals, he does not include tables of statistics for each hunt location.
George misses the first few weeks of the season due to an ulcer. When he feels well enough to venture out, he is only able to hunt for roughly two hours at a time. Accompanied by his dog, Belton, and his wife, Kay, he hunts in locations in and around Rehobeth Thorns, the Hartman place, the Henckle place, Little Sandy North, Furnace Road, the Lawson land, the Wilkinson place, Lower Hog Run, Hazelton, the Matthews' place, Graveyard Glade, Lake Noel, and Hunting Hills. He meets with friends including Luke Seese, Raymond Seese, the Lawson boys, and Denny Feathers. On his outings, he sees turkeys, but notes that it is a disappointing year for grouse. He mentions that it is difficult for him to keep up with Belton and misses Dixie's range as a gun dog. Later in the season, he finds the back roads too icy to drive. Unlike many of his other journals, George does not include a table of hunt statistics.
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.
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.
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.
George sadly writes that Belton is gone this season, and he misses him greatly. It is Quest's 6th hunting season, and George's 65th. He and Kay hunt in and around Little Sandy North, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the old Nemacolin Trails Shooting Preserve, the Deer Lake Game lands, Wharton Furnace, Paul Uphold's land, Charles Kelly's land, Ray Guthrie's land, the Bitely place, the McKay place, and Hunting Hills. Later in the season, George expresses concern that he can no longer accurately judge distance. He includes an organized data table of hunt statistics.
In this journal, George laments that Quest's points are low-tailed, among his other bad habits picked up from being away from game too long. George fondly remembers hunting with Dixie, Shadows, Belton, and Briar in familiar covers. He experiences some difficulty with his stiff right shoulder, and experiences some increased antagonism from the public towards hunters. He meets with friends John Sylvester and Paul Rinker. He drives his Subaru to hunt in locations in and around Black Bear Thorns, Canaan Valley, Camp 70, the "Gates," Lacey Thorns, the Edelman Place, Mount Storm, Cranesville Swamp, Spruce Thorns, Rifle Ridge, Mallows, Reservoir Hill Road, the Poplar House, Harriet Brymer's land, Spruce Gate, King's Bridge, Little Sandy North, Ray Guthrie's land, and the McKay Place. In each entry, he notes the weather and location. He includes tables with data for game, location, and dog.