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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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, 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 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.