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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.
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.
George begins his journal on Opening Day with his dog Briar. He notes that it is Dixie's 13th season, and she will probably not be hunting much except for woodcock coverts. He hunts in and around Wright's, Scott Place, Paiva Place, Canaan Valley, Gates, Connelly Place, Edelman, Rehoboth, Upper Tub Run, Braddock Run, Five Forks Glades, Dinner Bell Pipeline, McGrew Place, Bishoff Place, upper Dority, Little Sandy, and Scott Place. In each entry, he notes the weather, the number of flushes and shots, and the names of the dogs he hunts with. He includes a table with hunt statistics of each outing location and individual dog.
George writes sadly of Dixie's death, noting that she and her daughter Bliss were two of the best woodcock dogs he'd ever had. This season, he hunts with his dogs Briar and Bunny. They go on outings in and around Gates, Beaver Creek, Scott Place, Leander Place, Mt. Storm, Little Sandy DeBerry, Braddock Run, Birch Hill, Winding Ridge, Tub Run, and the McGrew Place. Each entry includes information about the weather, statistics on flushes and shots, and the name of the dog he is hunting with. He includes tables of hunt statistics for each location and individual 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.
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.
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.