ALL of the real evidence that REAL wildlife management professionals use when making management decisions is very clear and convincing that the decline in grouse numbers is not JUST an issue of improving the habitat or doing more cutting.
Granted improving the habitat for any species is a step in the right direction toward increasing the reproductive and life cycle probabilities for the species. But, when there are other factors at play, as there are with grouse, it might not make any significant difference even if the amount of perfect habitat was doubled, tripled or even multiplied ten fold.
Some people need to come to grips with that reality instead of finding fault with everything that doesn't just extend or expand their hunting time.
As an example, in this area of some of the best grouse habitat in the state and where just a few short years ago we could flush dozens on grouse in a few hours of hunting there were eleven Game Commission employees and retirees that spent two full days, nearly daylight to dark, driving deer last week as we tried to harvest a few deer. There was fresh snow on the ground both days. During those two days between us all we only flushed one grouse and only saw a very few sets of grouse tracks. That is very disheartening for areas where I used to flush at least a couple grouse every time I was in it.
I think the wildlife professionals in Ohio are simply acting in a professional manner toward doing what the evidence suggests is the wisest direction for the species, much the same as the Pennsylvania professionals have and will continue to do.