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In this journal, George finds Braddock too low to fish, but fishes in Jonathan Run, which was low as well. He fishes with Kay for chubs and trout. He writes of going hunting with Father, his neighbors, nearby land owners, and friends. He hunts accompanied by his dogs Boy and Nat, who sadly later die in December. He remembers the one year anniversary of Speck's death on November 9th. He mentions buying hemlock and cutting it down. Hunting Notes begin on page 26.
George and Kay describe their outings hunting and fishing in Braddock, Stoney Fork, Laurel Run, Sandy Creek, Cucumber Creek, and Trout Spring Hollow. They write about hunting with their dog Speck for grouse, squirrel, quail, and rabbit. They spot deer on their walks, and make note of the weather and terrain in several entries. Shooting Sketch Book begins on page 33.
In this journal, Kay and George detail accounts of fishing in Trout Spring. They also relate stories of shooting woodcock and grouse with their pointer dogs in Meadow Run, Braddock, Daisy Field, Meadow Ridge, and Mill Run. Their dogs Speck, Pat, and Father accompany them. Many entries include reports on the weather and terrain.
George begins his journal with notes about fishing for trout with Kay in Roaring Creek. Later, in the fall, he details hunting with Kay and his dog, Blue. He is accompanied by a new dog, an Old Hemlock named Ruff, whom he is teaching to fetch grouse. He finds that hunting with two dogs is difficult; the two dogs are jealous of each other. Still, he relates many trips hunting for grouse, woodcock, and quail in Hog House Hollow, Chestnut Ridge, Spikers Ridge, Sandy Creek, Laurel Run, Muddy Creek, Brandonville, and Clifton. He sees deer, and reports on Skipper and Beau, two dogs belonging to others. Ruff, the new dog, points to his first grouse at seven months old, and retrieves his first grouse on Thanksgiving Day. Shooting Notes begin on page 2.
In this journal, George writes of fishing for trout in Little Laurel, Lick Run, and Roaring Creek. He details both spinner and wet fly fishing. Beginning in October, he begins detailing his outings shooting with his dogs Blue, Grouse, and Dawn. He laments that timbering has ruined grouse cover. He visits Brandonville, and mentions that his father is ill. Shooting Notes begin on page 9.
In this journal, George writes of trout fishing with Kay in Braddock Creek. He fishes for "chubs" and other fish in Trout Spring and McIntyre Creek, and sees a mink on the banks. Meeting with Mr. Barclay and Mr. King, in his hunting he comes across a grouse, a dead deer, quail, and woodcock. He hunts accompanied by his dogs Speck, Boy, and Nat. Many of his entries include details about the weather and terrain. Shooting Notes begin on page 18.
This journal details George and Kay's first hunting season at Old Hemlock. Along with their dog Blue, they hunt for grouse and woodcock in Sandy and Beaver Creeks. George makes detailed notes of the weather and terrain, and includes sketches of birds and dogs throughout his writing.
In this journal, George details hunting for grouse with his father in and around Connellsville, PA along with his dogs Grouse and Bird. In many entries, he describes the weather and terrain of the day in great detail, and writes about his plans for hunting that day.
In this journal, George writes about hunting for woodcock and grouse with his dogs, Speck and Nat. He details interactions with hunters and neighbors, including Ray, Mr. Barclay, and Father. His writings include many small sketches of birds in flight.
In this journal, George writes of hunting for grouse with his father and his dogs, Grouse and Pal. He spends time on Sugar Loaf mountain. His writings include small sketches of birds in flight, and many of his entries detail the weather and terrain.
George begins the shooting season in West Virginia with his dogs, Ruff and Blue. He is happy to learn that Cooper's Rock State Forest is open to squirrel shooting this year, and continues to hunt grouse and woodcock in Scott Run Valley, Laurel Run, Upper Beaver, Chestnut Ridge, Beaver Valley, along Old Greenville Road, Clifrton, Quarry Run, and the woods along the State Line. He borrows dogs named Skipper, Gay, Patch, and another dog named Beau from Andy Culley. In the Maryland hunting season, he hunts for grouse in Mill Run and south of Markleysburg.
In this journal, George details his shooting notes in October and November. He is accompanied by his two dogs, Ruff and Blue. It is Ruff's second season, while it is Blue's tenth hunting season. He hunts with Kay for grouse, quail, and deer in and around Roaring Creek, Lower Shafer, Uniontown, Sandy Creek country, Mason Run, Cooper's Rock State Forest, Scott Run, Lower Laurel, Upper Beaver, and Log House Hollow. He mentions that his father is ill.
George attends the Amwell pheasant hunt in New Jersey. Back in West Virginia, he notes that it is his dog Dixie's first season, and also hunts with his other dogs Shadows, Feathers, and Ruff. He visits Uniontown and Whetsell City, and hunts for woodcock in Canaan Valley. He makes detailed notes of the terrain and weather in most entries.
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.
George begins his journal on Opening Day; it is Briar's 9th season and Belton's 2nd. Sometimes accompanied by Kay, he hunts in and around Gates, Reservoir Hill, Clyde Davis High Orchard, Rehobeth, Grassy Ridge, Kitzmiller, Lacey Thorns, Edelman, Bayard Road, McMullen, Henckel Place, Ft. Morris Thorns, Cherry Run, Graveyard Glade, Birch Hill, Bishop Place, Armstrong Bottom, Barrati, Hoye Run, Upper Dority, Milford, Conaway Glade, Little Sandy, and Lower Hog Run. In each entry, he makes note of the weather, time, and hunt location. He includes several tables of hunt statistics.
George begins the season in Cincinnatus, New York. It is Briar's 8th season and Belton's 1st season. He hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Woodcock Hill, Blackwater, Canaan Valley, Edelman, Rehobeth Gates, Negro Mountain, Buchel's Thorns, Fort Morris, Laurel Run, Cherry Run, Henkel Place, the Mt. Nebo Public Hunting Area, Potomac State Forest, and Hunting Hill. In each entry, he notes the weather, time, and location. He includes a few tables of hunt statistics for each location and individual dog.
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.
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 this journal, George laments the prospect of scant hunting due to his new job working with aircraft. In what few notes he writes, he hunts for quail and grouse with his dog, Blue. He makes note of hunting with Kay at Roaring Creek.
These journals include a typed letter to Hans Uhlig from George with suggestions for limits on grouse and rabbit during the hunting season, and laments the lack of quail in the area. He also mentions the novels he and Kay had written, including Death in Four Colors, which won the Red Badge Prize. In his shooting notes, he hunts in and around Lick Run, Firetown Ridge, Glade Run Valley, Big Sandy below Rockville, Laurel Run, Collins Knob, Little Sandy above Clifrton, the PA/WV line, Upper Beaver, Middle Valley, Petersburg, and Valley Point. He is accompanied by his dogs, Ruff and Wilda. He makes frequent notes of the weather and terrain.
George writes about hunting with Ruff and Blue. Though it is Ruff's fourth season, it is Blue's twelfth, and he tires easily, so much so that George has to carry him on his shoulders towards the end of one trip. Along with Kay, he hunts for grouse in Laurel Run, Log House Hollow, Upper Beaver, Forks of the Sandy River, Upper Quary Run, Lick Run, Enchanted Valley, and Roaring Creek. He encounters deep snow later in the year. Many of his entries make detailed note of the weather and terrain.
It is George's first year without Feathers, and Ruff's 15th and last season. It is George's 35th season with the Fox gun. Along with Dixie and Shadows, he hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Roaring Gap, Decker's Run, Meyers Rocks, Abraham's Creek, Dolly Sods, Davis Trail, Cabin mountain, Laurel Run, Flag Run, and Petersburg. He is occasionally accompanied by Meade and Bean, his other dogs. Noting the thick rhododendron and greenbrier cover, he hunts Dixie and Ruff together. Later, George enjoys some post-season pheasant shooting at the Nemacolin Trail Preserve. Making frequent notes of the weather and terrain, he keeps detailed statistics for each individual dog and illustrates some of his journal entries.
In this journal, George notes that it is Ruff's 14th season, Feathers' 9th season, Shadows' 8th season, and Dixie's 3rd season. It is his 34th season hunting with his Fox double gun. During this year, he makes a trip to Cabin 22 at Canaan Valley. He hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Canaan Mountain, Stony River Dam, Blackwater, Barnes Run, Scott Place, and Whitsell County. He writes of allowing rabbit hunting at Old Hemlock, and describes different methods of communicating with and training his dogs. Later, he decides not to continue hunting Feathers and Dixie together, and begins pairing Dixie and Shadow together. It is Feathers' last season. He makes note of the terrain and weather frequently, and keeps statistics for each dog.
Along with his dog, Briar, George hunts for grouse and woodcock in and around Gates, Rehoboth Thorns, Canaan Valley, Cabin Mountain, the Henkel Place, North Bend State lodge, Shultz, Hen Run, Tub Run, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He notes later that he is having some vision trouble. In the post-season, he visits the Hunting Hills shooting club to hunt quail, pheasant, and chukars. In each entry, he includes information on the time, weather, and location, as well as statistics on flushes and shots. He includes a table with hunt statistics for each location, as well as hunt numbers for himself, Kay, and Briar.
George praises the effect that the electric collar has had on Briar's training. He hunts for woodcock and grouse in and around Little Sandy DeBerry, Gates, Canaan Valley, Rehoboth Thorns, Henkel Place, Morrison Place, Braddock Run, and McGrew. In the postseason, he goes hunting for quail, pheasants, and woodcock on the preserve and takes photos for an article on the electronic collar. In each entry, he includes the outing location, information about the time and weather, and the name of the dog he is hunting with. He includes a table of hunt statistics for each location and dog.
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.
In this journal, George hunts with both Quest and Manton together. He finds chukkars in some covers, and remarks on the vibrant tree color and warmth of the Indian Summer. This season, he celebrates his and Kay's 62nd anniversary, and although he laments the lack of grouse game in West Virginia, he has found joy in hunting with Manton. He visits locations including the Playfort Maust place, Black Bear Thorns, Canaan Valley, the Brenda Miller house, Black Bear resort, Cortland Road, Dolly Sods, Fishers Spring, Somersville Road, Grassy Ridge, the Frazee place, the Wolf place, Deer Lake, Spruce Spring, the Paul Liston Mine, the Bishoff place, Big Sandy Ridge, and Kelly Gallows Road. George visits friends Ben and Dorothy Thompson and Mike Bitely. He finds that Manton has a bad habit of wandering off and hunting by himself, while Quest has a scare falling down a ridge steep enough to have killed him, which thankfully does not happen. At this point with the lack of game birds, hunting for George has become primarily recalling and exercise. He keeps a table of hunt statistics, noting that he has only moved 5 grouse this season in West Virginia.
It is George's 69th season hunting grouse, and he is accompanied by his dogs Quest and Manton, at 9 and 2 years respectively. He visits hunt locations in and around Pisgah, the Lick Run Trail, Big Sandy Valley, the Pisgah Mountaineer Hunting Club, Enchanted Valley, Black Bear Thorns, Canaan Valley, Dolly Sods, Pine Creek, Ridge Road, Spruce Spring, and the Pauls' place. He hunts with Tom Kotay, David hall, Danny Burris, and the Stewart couple. He includes a couple of pages with tables of hunt statistics.
George begins this journal the day after opening day. He goes hunting along with his dogs Ruff, George, and Gay, and is accompanied by Gay's handler, Carl. Training in the pheasant fields, he includes a data chart of statistics for each dog. He hunts, sometimes accompanied by Kay, in and around Roaring Creek, Upper Beaver, Uniontown, Stony River, Stamping Ground Run, and Scott Run. He looks for grouse in covers of hemlock and rhododendron, and describes leaves and scenes around Old Hemlock. He marks the anniversary of Speck's death. In many entries, he describes the weather and terrain in great detail.
George writes that his dog Bliss has died, while it is Dixie's 12th season and Briar's 1st season after intensive training. Bunny, a new Old Hemlocker, stays at home at the start of the year. George details his outings hunting for grouse and woodcock at locations including Fred Moon, Gates, Mt. Storm, Canaan Mountain, Connelly, Glade Farms Glade, Gibbon's Glade, Winding Ridge, Tub Run, the McGrew Place, and the Bishoff Place. In most entries, he notes the location, the weather, the names of the dogs he is hunting with, and statistics including the number of flushes and shots he attempts. He includes many sketches of his dogs as well as a table with hunt statistics from each location he visits and each individual dog that accompanies him.
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.
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.
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.
George begins this season with his Old Hemlock dog, Manton, sick due to gravel in his stomach. He begins this season's outings hunting with only Quest, but includes both Quest and Manton in his later hunts. It is George's 67th season at 84 years old, and his dog Quest's 8th season at 7 years old. George is beginning to experience some health problems, but Kay remains at his side for many hunts. He hunts in locations in and around Black Bear thorns, Mallow North, Rehobeth thorns, the Pauls' place, Mrs. Burkes' land, Mitchell Fields, Spruce Spring, the McKay place, Rich Hopkins' land, and Charlie Seese's land. George visits with Virginia Grover and Dale Davis' son, who speaks to him about grouse he saw. Later, George comes across a man named Bean while hunting who recognizes his name. Included in his journals are tables and charts of hunt data and statistics for each location.
George writes of hunting around Old Hemlock, accompanied by Kay and their dogs, Blue and Dawn. He maintains a corporate job while at Old Hemlock, but finds time to explore above Clifrton, Mason Run, Roaring Creek, Lick Run, Brandonville, and Sandy Creek. He writes of shooting grouse, quail, and woodcock. His notes include small illustrations and notes about the weather and terrain.
At his first complete season since leaving home in 1942, George writes of grouse hunting at Old Hemlock with his wife, Kay. Accompanied by his dogs, Blue and Dawn, he explores Chestnut Ridge, Beaver Creek, and Roaring Creek. He makes a December hunting trip to Middleburg, Virginia, and spends Christmas in Winchester, Virginia, where he hunts grouse and quail in the Shenandoah Valley.
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.
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.
George writes that it is his dog Ruff's 13th season and Dixie's 2nd season. It is his 33rd hunting season with his Fox double gun. Along with his other dogs Feathers and Shadows, George hunts for woodcock, pheasant, and grouse. He hunts in and around Willett Swamp, Worley Wright's swamp, Davis, Blackwater Gorge, Cabin Mountain, Devil's Run, Canaan Valley, and Blackwater Park. Sadly, he notes that Ruff is getting old, with slight health problems, and is not out hunting for more than four hours. Feathers and Shadows are better with pheasants than with grouse. He makes note of the terrain and weather in most entries, and includes statistics for each dog.
George writes that it is Shadows' 14th and last season, Dixie's 10th, and Bliss' 3rd. He hunts for grouse in and around many sites, including Blackwater, Gates, Scott Place, Mt. Storm, Gregg Knob, Canaan, Cupp Run Swamp, Upper Dority, Hazelton, Upper Beaver, Lick Run School, Scott Place, Armstrong Bottom, Leander Place, and Little Sandy. He writes of meeting with Bill Ringer. Early the next year, he visits the Rockwell preserve to hunt for pheasants.
George begins this journal by noting that it is his dogs' Ruff's 10th season and Feathers' 5th season. He also hunts along with Shadow and Wilda, two blue spaniels. He hunts for grouse in Chesnut Ridge, Monongahela National Forest, Cooper's Rock State Forest, and Scott Run. He chats with Mrs. Charley Meyers about shooting grouse, and is annoyed that she mistakes it for pheasant. Later in the year, he visits Pittsburgh for shopping and to see the symphony. Towards the end of the season, he details training Shadows and Wilda to point and retrieve. Ruff's paw is stiff and he can't hunt, while Feathers accidentally pierces a leg on a thorn. While hunting, Kay slips downhill holding 2/3 of a gun. George includes many illustrations of grouse in flight and his dogs, and includes charts with statistics about each dogs' retrieves. He makes note of the weather and terrain in many entries.
George writes that it is Ruff's 9th season and Feathers' 4th season. He also hungs with his dogs Wilda and Shadows at Roaring Gap, Laurel Run Valley, Canaan Montain, Hazelton, along the Cheat River between Albright and Kingwood, Scott's Run, and Beaver Creek. He goes pheasant shooting in Michigan. He attempts to breed Ruff with Doll (the dog of someone else.) Kay takes photos and films their outings. He makes frequent note of the weather and terrain.
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.
Back at Old Hemlock, George writes of fishing for brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout. He explores the Upper Aughwick, Lower Aughwick, and Buck Run. Along with Kay, his father, and his dogs Blue, Queenie, and Dub, he hunts for Grouse and Quail in Brandonville and Mason Run. He spots wild turkeys on his walks. Later in the year, he goes on a hunting trip at Antioch with Carroll Wright. Shooting Notes begin on page 4.