[CT Birds] hunting Grouse - you agree?

Carrier Graphics carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jun 23 12:10:11 EDT 2009

Dear Mr Maleski

I believe you see my point here as disliking hunters. This is not true. I am saying the State, not the hunters are doing something that should be stopped, and that is, to take the Grouse off the acceptable hunting list for the State. One reason is, they are on the States "Special Concern list" and I, as well as many others who are bird watchers, believe they should be protected for this alone. Another reason is, They are not common nor abundant, and taking even one bird out of the depleted population surely doesn't help their chances of reproducing. The third point is, The growing numbers of Bird watchers in this country, and our State, would also like to see one of these hard to find birds, and once again, shooting a Grouse makes for one less bird to be seen. Shouldn't the bird watching population also have a right to see a Grouse, and while doing so, not kill it? 

Once again, I am not picking on hunters or even hunting. The need for hunting of over populated or abundant species, such as deer, helps their population to become healthy and stay that way. But when a species has dwindled down consistently, as you agree Grouse have, might it not be prudent to curtail hunting of that species till they show a comeback in numbers and become at least common once again? Seems like a no brain-er to me...........

Does anyone out there agree with me? Please, lets hear from you here........

Paul Carrier

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