CSS, believe me, I'm not picking on you. I have this very same debate regularly with one of my hunting buddies. I understand your beliefs and concerns, but I see a obstacle to early grouse hunting in KY. With the expansion of firearms (ML & rifle) deer seasons, little real hunting remains early for small game. Furthermore, firearm deer seasons will probably be expanded further at todays commission meeting. Most grouse hunters will not take their dogs afield during these periods, I know I don't. So while season is technically open, it is not useable. I agree with your theory of grouse being the only "game in town" during February. My suggestion would be to expand rabbit and quail till Feb. 15th at least and preferably through the end of February and begin them after modern gun deer season rather than November 1. To me this would still protect the resource while offering expanded opportunities for hunters.