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George begins his journals on opening day, noting that it Bliss is 4 1/2 and Dixie is healthy at 10 1/2. Sadly, Shadows has died. George hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Gregg Knob, Mt. Storm, Mason Run, The Gates, Glover Place, Ezra Kelly's Place, Harmony Grove Road, Little Sandy, Canaan Mountain, and Connelly. He meets with friends Peg and les. He notes statistics for each hunting location and dog. He makes frequent note of the weather and terrain.
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.
With sadness, George begins his journal noting that is his first year hunting without Briar after ten seasons together, and that both he and Kay consider Briar to have been one of their finest setters. Belton, however, is living up to high expectations, with George greatly enjoying their outings together. Accompanied by Belton and Kay, George details his outings in each entry, noting the time, weather, and location. This year, he finds trapping prevalent due to the high price for pelts, and hopes it will curb predators. George, Kay, and Briar hunt for grouse adn woodcock in and around Graveyard Glade, Ft. Morris Thorns, Cherry Grove, Morrison, Plum Place, Cupp Place, Falkenstine, Lower Shafer, Hoyes Run, Seese Place, Mountaindale, Tucker Place, Webb Chapel, Radabaugh, Little Sandy, Hog Run, Eisentrout, Stony River Gap, Ridge Road South, Ridge Road North, the Gates, Rehobeth Thorns, Two-Grouse Run, Grassy Ridge, Edelman, Pigeon Roost, and Ohio. He includes tables with hunt statistics for each location and for Belton.
In this journal, George notes that it is his 57th season and his dog Belton's 6th season. Belton is 5 years and 5 months old. Noting that this season is particularly bad for grouse hunting in West Virginia, George makes his way to New York State, where he hunts in locations including the Smithville Flats, Pharsalia, Hunt Road, Melondy Hill, Harford, the German Corners, and Plank Road. In West Virginia and Pennsylvania, he hunts for grouse and woodcock in locations in and around Mt. Storm, Clyde Davis's land, Bayard Cemetery Ridge, Rifle Ridge, Grassy Ridge, Aurora, the Gates, Donald Mover's thorns, Hog Run West, Cranesville, Hartman, Morrison, Maust, Matthews, Tarleton, Lower Hog Run, and Graveyard Glade. He praises Belton's skills for flushing woodcock, though later he notes that the dog is giving him problems by going to grouse for scent, a habit picked up from woodcock hunting. He notes the thick rhododendron and hawthorn cover. On his outings, he remembers hunting with Briar fondly, and reminisces about Belton's first point at a quail. His wife, Kay, often accomanies George on his outings. His journals include tables of hunt statistics for each location, as well as hunt numbers for himself and Belton.
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.
George begins his journal in the Berkshires, where he notes with sadness that he is hunting without Briar, whose lymph glads are enlarged and has been sick. It is Briar's 10th season and Belton's 3rd season. Throughout the journal, he hunts mostly with Belton in locations including hoye Run, Cherry Creek, Upper Beaver, Long Knob, Wymps Gap, Sugar Valley, White Oak, Asa Wright, Fike Place, Wilkinson Hollow, Wolf Road, Plum Place, Salem, Bishop Place, Edelman, Rehobeth, Cosner, Bayard, Bayard Graveyard, the Gates, Henckel's Place, Humberson Ridge, and Tub Run. In each entry, he includes information on the weather, location, and time. He keeps tables of hunt statistics for each location and individual dog.
George's 73rd hunting season finds him at nearly 91 years and Kay at 91, while Manton is 6 1/2. Hunting without a gun for much of the season, he visis Little Sandy South, the Pauls' place, June's place, Roaring Creek Bridge, Charlie Seese's land, Hog Run, Livingood Road, and Muddy Creek. He drives to where he shot his first West Virginia grouse in 1939. Many of the old roads are now grown over, showing no signs of use by car, and George expresses concern that he and Kay are no longer in condition to be hunting and traversing slippery, steep hills. When he finally flushes grouse, it happens on the outing when he hunts without a gun, but he is still overjoyed at the prospect of there being grouse in the area.
This season, George has a new puppy, Becasse. It is George's 72nd season hunting grouse, and he visits the Paul place, Ezra Kelly's land, Pine Creek, Route 44, the Wilkinsons' land, and Tub Run tributaries. He hunts along with Paul Whosley and Ross Steinhauer, training Becasse to hunt with Manton and making good use of the 4-wheel-drive on slippery roads. George laments the greatly reduced grouse population in West Virginia and the generally empty coverts. He becomes sick with pneumonia in December.
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.