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is a grouse man--a researcher; to be more specific, a Lally famous for his work with the "Regal Ruff." He hangs an office at the University of Minnesota where he is the leader of a project and one of the more renown researchers in the country to grouse. He also serves as chairman of the Research of the Ruffed Grouse Society of North America, an organization in 1961 and dedicated to the propagation of ruffed grouse, and all wildlife. The Kingwood, W.Va.--based Society helps fund 8rouse research at several malor colleges. It was Gullion who quoted by Skip Johnson in his Charleston Gazette "Woods and as saying that he thinks a long-term research project on in the Southern Appalachians. As an aging grouse gunner pursued the princely woodlands pheasant over at least 100 "southern" birdy coverts and who has sought in vain for any word on our Mountain State grouse, I wholeheartedly grouse-dog-student-in-training, and I would welcome all the we can get. All the textbooks we've located talk of New of birds in more northern clime. We know that our grouse same. All the tips and tricks, written words, fellow hunter Id "expert" advice we've heard, read and sometimes heeded have as confused as a mouse in a maze. For example, we're now being that the grouse season is too long. The implication, of course, is are being "bu#ned out"--overharvested. If that be the case, the birds when the season opened last year? We should have, to the theory, been bumping birds out of every grouse covert we fall, when actually we flushed more birds {a dozen} from hillside on the final day of the season than we saw in all of , December and January combined. And Amy and I weren't the only inot such as abundance of birds that late. Skip Johnson writes of a rouse gunner who jumped more than 20 birds in just one covert on day. Were scarce last year, (and this year, too} if you listen to other ingshooters hereabouts and elsewhere in the state. Could be. But Would that explain the late-season explosion of birds Amy and we found. Grouse are on a down cycle, some say. A down a gradual thing--a slow decline before an upswing, Grouse in I, Prof. Gullion says. are cyclic The population there, at its lowest in now on the upswing and will peak in 1980-81. Are grouse cyclic biologists say yes; others say no. The answer? Only real Would tell. The predators are getting them all. That's another school here. Maybe it's so, but if it is then how come we flushed fox were more plentiful than they are now? Or to put it why are we this year flushing fewer grouse now when fox to be down? rvlania outdoor writer offers another explanation for fewer Suggests the reason is "primarily that the cut-over forests have into mature timbers stands, thus eliminating thousands of acres of . hunters are now concentrating upon relatively few acres and population therefore cannot bounce back." Forests growing back timbers stands? Perhaps in Pennsylvania, but here? As that TV announcer used to say, "C'mon on down." My grouse coverts, ff more "grousier" now than ever and no more concentrated with they have been in at least four years. In fact, in five years of grouse-over,thounds  ocres I've bumped into on/y two while in the field. That's hardly concentration, rve hunted one 'instance, where not one hunter has trod with gun or dog in more I've never failed to find birds there. But this year? Not one. not speculation, is what we need. with research on birds, how about one research project to find to the puzzling, perplexing, actions of the Southern Appalachian do find? For example, how did that grouse I flushed recently could fly right out into the open right-of-way, an easy target, and He could have flown into the safer cover of the forest. Research have helped two of us two Saturdays ago. already anent nearly two hours in a fruitless, snow-plowin when John Collins called to me from a brushy, viney site a- from ridge-top pipeline right-of-way where I walked. "There's here," he announced. It was the first sign of any kind we had seen. I to the edge of the woods, alert, ready. Within seconds the grouse off from the brush right at the edge and expertly weaved through the open snow-covered ground ahead of me. Over-anxious, y scattergun and pulled before the stock hit my sholder. Missed. fire the second barrel, I spotted more movement in the bird. I held my second shot for the second grouse. It flushed. it flew right into the open like a clay bird on an open, field I swung and pulled, confident this time, and didn't even get a gun. The bird disappeared. That grouse just had to know fire. Why else would he have flown out into the open in instead of through the more protective cover in front of John? Our didn't end there. Convinced that we'd found a covert worth continued to push through the brush. This time I entered the John and we put a pincer movement into play. Our strategy bird. I picked it up as it jet-planed my way. Shoulderiug I swung with it as I have in skeet, and pulled. Missed again. I the speed of its flight. But I continued my swing and pulled eVen a click! The gun wouldn't fire a second time. That first grouse ry faulty firearm and must somehow have telegraphed the word to which direction to fly. My over-and-under is in the gun shop research! WATER WELL SERVICE Pumps Sales g Serv,ce CLEANING OUT H.K. 'Nip' Frymier W.Va. Phone 462-8992 February 17, 1977 The Glenvflle Democrat/ Pathfinder 5 Pesky Yellow Jackets sting Titans 57-54 from Kennedy. Spencer's Rich Lance tied the game at 18 with a free throw, but Gilmer responded with a seven-point outburst as McPberson, Kennedy and Wilson hit goals and geese converted a free throw. However, Spencer fought hack to win two at the half. Wilson scored six points in the first four mintues of the second half, and geese and Lilly added buckets to give the Titans a 38-28 bulge. The Yellow Jackets then outscored the Titans 16-5 in the remaining minutes of the quarter to hold a 44-43 edge at the end of the quarter. Harvey opened the last quarter's scoring with a goal, but the Titans surged back into the lead when McPherson scored on an assist from Wilson and Wilson tipped in a McPherson miscue. Spencer took a five-point lead after scoring six unanswered points. Bob Hatton sank two free throws to bring the Titans to within three at 52-49. Gilmer would never get closer. McPberson scored four more points and Frymier converted a free throw, but Spencer never relinquished the lead. McPherson led the Titans with 16 points, followed by Wilson with 15. Other scorers for Gilmer were: Lilly and geese--six, Frymier--five, Ken- nedy-four and Hatten--two. Gilmer County High was pressed into submission by Spencer Tuesday, Feb. 8, 57-54. The Yellow Jackets employed a full-coort press during the entire game, which eventually took its toll on the Titans. Gilmer held a 28-26 lead at the half an extended that to a ten-point lead midway through the third quarter. But the tenacious Yellow Jackets continued to press and a harried bunch of Titans began making repeated turnovers. Both teams shot poorly from the field. Spencer simply took more shots. Baskets by Jerry McPherson. Bill Lilly. Don Wilson and Dennis Reese gave the Titans an 8-4 lead with 3:31 to play in the first quarter. But the Yellow Jackets responded with nine unan- swered points, before McPherson scored on a layup and Kevin Kennedy hit a six-footer to bring the Titans to within one at 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter was a see-saw battle. Cliff Frymier converted a free throw to open the second quarter scoring and McPherson tipped in his second free throw attempt to put Gil- mar in the lead. 15-13. Spencer's Gary Harvey then converted two free throws and hit a jump shot. geese converted a free throw and Wilson scored from underneath on an assist Hot-shooting GSC wins two i ON A TEAR--Forward Jerry McPherson has been Gilmer County High's leading scorer all season, but recently he has been on a hot streak. He's averaging 19.4 points for 11 games, but has averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds over the last three games. His biggest output was 35 points against Roosevelt Wilson. He was a second team ALL-LKC pick last year, and Coach Dave Barnes says he's going to try and make sure he makes the first team this year. |Democrat photos by Paul Brown I The dead-eye Glenville State Pioneers dropped two opponents last week with above 60 per cent shooting from the field. The Pioneers hit 65.6 per cent of their shots in downing Beckley 88-78 last Tuesday, Feb. 8. Four players scored in double figures led by Tom Coates with 24, Ralph Ledbetter .with 20, Wayne Washington with 20 and Charles Warner with 16. Robert Hawkins added six points and Ernie Gilliard scored two points. Glenville shot 61.6 per cent when they defeated Alderson-Broddus 116- 96, Thursday. Feb. 10. The game was close through the opening stages of the first half. The Battlers held a four point lead at 25-21, but then Coates hit a jumper from the foul line and another from the corner, Ledbetter sank two jumpers, Hawkins converted two free throws and Washington scored on a layup. This outburst gave the Pioneers a 33-27 lead with 8:29 to play. They never relinquished the lead. Glenville held a 57-49 lead at the half, Robert Hawkins, who has seen spot duty as a reward this year, came off the bench when Joe Kniceley got in llllgllllllilllgeilllllmlllllUllgllill foul trouble and scored 25 points. I Ledbetter led the Pioneers with 28 g Coates--25, Warner--20, Washington cars = _12, Gilliard--4, and Kniceley and Gary Nottingham--2. m l ay, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - O to 5 p.m. The win gives GSC an 1 1-8 record overall and 10-5 in the league, Wednesday, Saturday. 9 to 1 p.m. E Glenville's last regular season game in and check Sears Sale Prices on sheets, ms will be Friday at home against Bluefield State. The WVIAC tourna- ?. g ment begins Feb. 22 in the Charleston and everyth,ng for your home Civic Center. Phone 462-7374 Businessmen. Merchants. 3ere is no better way to reach your local Autlmriz market than an ad in your local CATALOG SALES MICHANT paper. Call 4t-V now for OWNED JANET DEAL  Mformallon on our low rates, OPERATED BY illlallallllllilllailailllHll combination ads and big discounts en eontraet advertising! \\; :i t I   ,, ,0 ,{   110 LEDBETTE Center Ralph Ledb tar shows an Aldersen. Broaddus player bow to work the offensive boards, u he tips one in from above the Hm. 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