Re: NY Versus PA Grouse
Can't comment on Cortland County, as I've only fished there. Upstate NY has the same problem as PA, though, in that the area is undergoing a decrease in grouse populations. On state forests, the tendency is to cut, if at all, sections of continuous pine forest in order to stimulate production of early succession forests (I'm thinking of state forests directly south of the Finger Lakes, in particular). The grouse are definitely there, but, as in PA, not in the numbers they were during the late 1970s. Private property might prove more fruitful, depending on the activities of the landowner, of course.