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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.
In this journal, George writes of hunting with Kay and his father for grouse and woodcock. He is accompanied by his dogs, Blue and Grouse. In many entries, he makes detailed notes about the weather and terrain.
George begins his journals detailing the Indian Summer during October of that year, noting that leaves were falling but many were still on the trees. It is his 26th hunting season, and his dog Ruff's 6th hunting season. With his Fox double gun, he hunts for grouse with Ruff, Wilda, and Feathers along Roaring Creek, Lick Run, Brandonville, Mason Run, Little Sandy, the Cooper's Rock area, Hazel Run, Rockvelle, Dolly Sods, Petersburg, Crane School Road, and Upper Laurel. Kay takes pictures of George hunting with the dogs with her Retina II camera. George notes that Feathers has been carefully bred but is not a good bird dog quite yet. He makes many notes of the weather and terrain.
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 notes that it is Shadows' 11th season and Dixie's 6th season. He hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Canaan Valley, Upper Dority, and Kingwood. Dixie has puppies in January of the next year--Bliss, Bonnie, and Mark. Sadly, George's mother passes away that January. Later, George goes pheasant-shooting in the preserve. He makes frequent notes of terrain and weather and records detailed 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.