[CT Birds] Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!

Jim Pfeifer Jim.Pfeifer at erm.com
Fri Oct 31 11:42:04 EDT 2014

Paul, who did you speak to at the State?  I know many people at CT DEEP, and I could make some inquiries on this subject.


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Subject: [CT Birds] Our State should be ashamed of itself!!!

Once again I am disgusted at the State
of Connecticut's hunting rules and limits on the season for Ruffed Grouse. Do they even LOOK at the statistics for the prey species that they allow to be taken? !!!

For the year 2014, from October 18 to November 29, the Ruffed Grouse open season allows each hunter to bag 8, yes Eight – Ruffed Grouse!!!!!  That is 8 Ruffed Grouse that would be taken (BY EACH HUNTER)!  that have NO chance of helping to re establish this vanishing bird from our State! Case in point...

During this
Summer's Bird Count here in CT for the year 2014 compiled by  the Connecticut Ornithological Association, the number of Ruffed Grouse counted was – ONE !!!! Yes ONE GROUSE was counted out of 251 observers in 146 parties searching for 1,409 HOURS! Do you (or the State of CONNECTICUT) think the Ruffed Grouse might possibly be a species in TROUBLE? When I asked the State about this, saying “ Can the State take the Ruffed Grouse off the hunting list till they come back to a healthy and stable population?” Their answer was “ Well the hawks take their share as well, why can't we? UN BELIEVABLE!
Please call, write or e mail the State and make your opinion count to try and help bring back this vanishing birds chances to once again populate our State in healthy numbers. Hunters should only cull from a species with a healthy population. I don't think that's the case with Ruffed Grouse here in CT.

GROUSE counted from 251 PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR 1,409 HOURS! Our State's wildlife department should be ashamed of itself !

Paul Carrier -
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