What special interest are you referring to?
That we want proper habitat management that benefits grouse and pretty much all the other native game species in the state.
In my opinion special interest hunters are just that. It is pretty common knowledge that some hunters put almost all of their hunting efforts into only hunting one or two species while looking down their nose at anyone who hunts other species they believe to be an inferior species.
Some of use prefer to not only hunt pretty much all of the species we are permitted to hunt but to also see all of the species managed for.
But, when you have limited resources you also have to look both the ability of the species to have sustainable hunting populations, with or without excessive manipulation as well as sometimes the amount of hunter interest and participation for that species.
Grouse have been an important species to a pretty fair number of hunters but for many decades their numbers remained relatedly stable with mostly just commercial timber operations across the state. I am confident had anyone in the Game Commission foreseen how much their populations were going to decline over the past few years they would have increased their management objectives in at least an effort to help offset the decline we have experienced.
Personally I like to hunt grouse but I am not such a purist that I would take all of the money and manpower away from the management of other important hunting species just to create more habitat that might or might not make really make any difference in the future for grouse and grouse hunters.
And that includes species such as pheasant and elk that some people have no interest in because they aren't one of their special interest species. For others in this Commonwealth more money and resources should be dedicated to the future for those species the same as a few think more should be going to grouse, or woodcock or deer or any number of other species they prefer.
It has to be a carefully orchestrated balancing act and one that takes into account the implementation for the wise management of ALL species.