I've not gotten out to SD where I do most of my Nov hunting as one of my GSP's was diagnosted with cancer 4 days before I was to leave. The dog is not in pain but knowing that things could develop quickly I've postponed my trip. So I took a younger GSP up to Potter County on Sat for grouse. Hunted for 6 hours and did not see a bird (nor deer for that matter either) nor did the dog get birdy. I was in the Austin - Cherry Springs areas, hunted 3 different cover types: 1. a cut that was probably 15 years old with thick 2" saplings, down trees, briars, scattered hemlocks, tall seed tress; 2. a younger cut that had seed trees and thick briars - more like rabbit cover and finally 3. a beech hillside with mature and young trees and blowdowns. The 1st cover certainly had canopy and ground protection but didn't seem to have much food source and the 3rd cover was all about food source and blowdown cover. I'd like to ask for input on cover types that normally hold birds at this time of year - any suggestions and/or comments about my selections? Also, I did not see any other bird hunters, I remember hunting in the Austin area in the early 90's with friends and there were many other bird hunters. We used to move 20+ in a day, hope my Sat zero was due to my inability not the population. Thanks for any insight you can give.