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tiny bundle of brown feathers and bone can so consistently, of a half-way intelligent, b-foot tall human being armed with :ed loads of 12 guage. No. 8 size iron pellets propelled technically perfect tube of blued steel is to many folks. I )rehension. Yet that is exactly' what has happened, and happened to me once, but it has happened on six different hunting season. The feathers and bone. of course, are this instance, the same four grouse every' time. Not only have me. they've outsmarted my dog, Amy,, too. avid grouse gunner, I guess, has his own "'secret" little patch of countryside where he can retreat from and spend a few precious hours pursuing the puzzling I have mine and fortunately it's less than 15 minutes from ilcall it my "Hide'n-Seek Hollow," but it's not kid's game we've more like a contest, a highly competitive game requiring and super-smarts. This latter, I'm afraid, belongs to the this man vs bird endurance trial resembles a circus more it did the first time we - the four grouse and I - met. uirrel late one October Saturday and stumbled into what bird cover supreme. The temptation too much to pass squirrel shells to bird shot, put bushytails out of my mind, the brush and the briars. I hadn't gone more than 25 feet - four playful grouse. It was hke finding silver dollars on your backyard lawn. But in this case the silver dollars and alive, and instead of sitting there to be collected they ran and rocketed out from under a thorny bush. I had I family game of "fantail" I guess, and the one bird who was on interupted ran like a Rhode Island Red rooster racing I ran too, trying to flush him into flight. I stumbled. He flew. the shotgun even hit my shoulder only punched holes minutes later, peering through my bifocals as I gingerly down a steep slope, headed for home. two of the feathered rattled out of brush ahead of me and flew into the rm sure. Ever try to shoot to your left when you're facing |foot balanced on a tippy rock and the other sliding on loose soil? But I vowed to go back, the next time with my dog. but not until the Saturday morning following the closing of This time ranging Amy preceded me into the birdy cover. is not big as grouse coverts go and I can cover it about an hour and a half. But it's thick; the going's slow. and a fiver-colored dog even though she may be less But I heard Amy's bell and knew she was working too fast. I of the bell changed, then abruptly fell silent. I took one stip they went - all four grouse - from a cedar grove. Amy had their tree-limb roost. I slighted only one, and it adroitly tree between it and me. Try as we might, we never found them our friends another day. this time late in the afternoon. PlrsL at about 4. we returned to the fantail game playground. We went to the cedar grove. Empty. Amy combed the hillside below. We searched a lower flat and put up only I Caned. "Time to go home." I walked downhill, along the Amy wouldn't give up and ranged on ahead to my I let her run. As I came to the little run at the bottom, I kgr~use take off. Mesmerized by the sight of the bird as it sailed and up a hill, I didn't move. That was my mistake. Amy the third and fourth flew out of an oak tree right over her out of shotffun range. Wmt'tl next time, J ~ weeks later, in the snow, I went looking for my friends once the whereabouts of three of their hangouts now and was at each and every one of their favored spots. First the the thorny bush and grassy slope: last, the cedar | birds weren't at any of them. They were gone. They must have the snow! Disappointed, but pleased with my walk and the for home, this time down a well-site road I had not walked a flat pockmarked with thickets of multiflora rose. I heard r grouse scrambled to get out from under their prickly my shot. But those super-smart birds never rose above the them. I couldn't shoot. I walked out to where I one revealed his escape home as he flushed. I marked I thought he went down and followed him up. Cautiously I multiflora rose. Silence. Nothing. I went further, finally ra huge cedar on the edge of a cliff. "It soared to other side," I to go. As I did, a brown blur rocketed out from the top of again. that I knew their homesites as well as they, I returned with a friend, another time with Amy. On both t~m_ion was completed, and the results were almost the same. I in their familiar haunts and these two times did manage to shells. But so far. the last birdy laugh has been on me - got only until February 28 to "win my sporting game of Unable to snap a three-game losing streak, the GSC Pioneers fell victim to Davis and Elkins last week, 69-67, in a WVC game. Glenville's last win was against Salem College on January 22. Since that time, the G-men have lost to undefeated Fairmont Slate, W. Vs. Wesleyan and Beckley. The first half of the GSC-D&E game saw the teams volley back and forth until D & E finally took a 32-31 edge at intermission. Early in the second half, D & E built a 1e-point lead and then tried to hold off a Pioneer comeback in the last five minutes of play. But. the Pioneers Statistics for the GSC faculty and staff bowling league for the week ending Feb. 2 showed the Left Overs are again the number one team in the league. The Left Overs have won 37 games and lost 20. They are followed by the Has Beans. the Monkeyshiners, the Bombers and Oilers (tie}, Anything Goes, the Misfits, the Accidents and Gilmer Graphics {tie}, Hit and Miss, the Hobo's and the Gutter Snipes. Per the men, Bantz Collins had the highest game average with 173, followed by Bob Turner with 166 and Marty Logan with 165. Bantz Collins had the highest game with 244 and tied Deer hunters had their most successful season in state history in 1975, according to Dan E. Cantner, wildlife resources chief. A record 35.336 deer were taken during the two-week bucks-only season, the 7e-day bow season and the two-day antlerless deer hunt. The previous record of 29,940 deer was set in 1974. The total bow kill of 2,968 was also the largest in state history, far exceeding the previous high of 1.119 in 1974. The top 10 counties in number of bow kills were: Hardy, 326; Randolph, 309; Hampshire. 308: Tucker. 233; Pocahontas, 180:. Pendleton, 153; Preston, 149; Grant, 142; Webster. 131, and Upshur 92. Job Semite people visit Center Miss Lola Sestrop and Mr. Don Campbell from the Clarksburg Job Service visited the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center January 29, 1976. Their presentation consisted of Job Inter- view, the organization of their office, and a film on the steps which should be taken to go about getting a job. They also discussed how an unemployed person can get an interview with their agency. Miss Sestrop stressed their mote which is "Jobs for people and people for jobs.'" Miss Sestrop's presentation was directed to the business and distributive education students. Also present was Coordi- nator, Mrs. Cinda Echard. and Job placement Coordinator, Mr. Kennith Poglesong. Healt6 Dept yNrs old verdict came only as close as the final score, 69-67, and couldn't pull off a win, Leading scorer for (;SC was Lane Washington with 21 points and Tom Coates with 16. The Pioneers hit 33 percent and were outrebounded bv D & E, 57-46. Roger Dingey yanked down 13 rebounds for (;SC, High for the opponents was James Childs, who pumped in 24 points ~tnd got 22 rebounds. The Pioneers are now 8-13 for the season and 5-9 in the conference. Their next home game is Feb. 10 against W. Va. Tech. Tech nipped Glenville in the first game 64-62. February 12. 1976 Breaking a four game loosing streak, the Glenville State Pioneers t:lobbered West Liberty State for the second time, 93-76. In late January, the Pioneers defeated WLCS, 84-82. at home. Again, GSC played a balanced game and rolled to victory over West Liberty in the WVIC game. Five G-men broke into double figures with Charles Warner getting 22 for the evening. Robert Hawkins got 18, Tom Coates 17, Wayne Washington 15 and Roger Dingey 10. "l'h~; (,ienville Ili'mocral/Pathfinder ~'5 93- 76 P The Pioneers hit oi~ 40 Of 92 shot' from the floor for 43.4 per~:~mt. WI,St; hit 32 of 64 for 50 percent, In rebounding, (;lenvilt~ h~;lct ~ 61-38 advantage h~vin~ Warn~r ~,~ ~ 4. Coates 12 and Hawkins 12. GSC is now 9-13 over;ill ;~'~(t f)-i~ i~ the conference, After meeting "I'~(:l~ a~ home the Pioneers tr;~vel to tHt~efie]~, Concord and Wesleyan. The, it ne~ home bout, and last game of th( regular season, is Feb. 17 with Dart:-: and Elkins. in 1975 announced with Darrell Heiney for the set:end highest game of 231, and Iim Mencer was third with 223. Bantz Collins also had the highest series with 606. followed by Bob Turner with 601 and Marty Logan with 576. For the women. Elsie Kirkpatrick had the highest average with 169, followed by Sandy Wagooner with 160 and Reta Kight with 149. Sandy Wagooner had the highest game with 239, followed by Elsie Kirkpatrick with 235 and Reta Kight with 223. Elsie Kirkpatrick had the highest series with 610, Sandy Waggoner had 557 and Reta Kight got 531. best in history The popularity of bow hunting has increased since 1969 when the two deer per year bag hmit - one by gun and one by bow - became legal, according to Cantner. In 1969, only 470 bow hunters were successful. "The increases in the number of deer killed each year since 1969 indicate that regulated sport hunting does produce a healthy wildlife population," says Cantner. "With scientific game management, research and good law enforcement, we may be harvesting 50,000 deer a year in the future." The Department of Natural Resources reports a significant decrease in the number of acres destroyed by wildfires during 1975. According to Lester McClung, chief of the forestry division. "Last year there were 1,490 wildfires which destroyed approximately 16.000 acres of forest, compared to a previous five-year average of 900 fires a year destroying approximately 22,000 acres of forest. The estimated value of the loss for 1975 is approximately $20 per acre, or about $320,000." he said. Most of the wildfires occurred in the south-western third of the state, according to McClung. "Mingo County had the greatest loss with approxi- mately 3,135 acres burned. For the past five years, Mingo has averaged about 4,800 acres burned a year," he said. The other counties with the greatest fire damage were Logan, Clay, Wayne, Lincoln, Kanawha, Nicholas and Fayette. McClung attributed to decline to "better suppression, detection and organization." He added, '"['h~ department is utilizing better met},od~; and equipment. We now have p~mper units which can easily be tr~nsporte(! to a forest fire by jeep, and we ar~ using tractor plow units with greater effectiveness than in past years." McClung pointed out "'Only four n! every 1.000 wildfires are started by lightning. The rest are cause(] by man Approximately one-third are inten tionally sat by man," he said, IIIII II IIII . I II [1111 --L.~ & KERBY TAX SERVICE MAIN STREET GRANTSVILLE, WV OPEN FRI 1-7 SAT 9-4 In Glenvllle call Ken Fogleson9 at 462-8847 weekdays after 5 Or an~ime Saturday or Sunday. If no answer, call again. I I II III I ~_ g ....... 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