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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: With the ruffled grouses
The GC doesn't really care as long as the deer hunters are happy with seeing lots of deer. And most deer hunters like to hunt mature forests where they can see a long way to see deer. True grouse hunters in Pa probably total less than 1000 so we are at the bottom of the list of all hunters in Pa.
If you look at SF's there are some that are really pushing timbering, but like the GC, its regional and controlled but managers of those local SF's.
Timbering on NF's is a crime. I hunted WV in late February, you are lucking if 1% of that land is in ESH, and 20 acres is a big cut. Friend told me about a big project that was well along in its proposal for the area we hunted. Couple weeks later, the tree huggers shut it down. Don't look at NF's to increase timbering.
The bright spot is private lands, I'm seeing a lot happening from local landowners and timber management companies.
Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.