I took my pup again today into some new area that we got permission to hunt. It had been clear cut 15 yrs ago and this was some of the best grouse cover you could ever find. We started up one small hollow that had some awesome cover but no birds and then went over the ridge and down the hollow that ran back towards the truck. We just cleared the bowl where the creek started and the pup got her first smell of a grouse. She was out in front of my hunting partner on the other side of the hollow when she locked up. She was in some really thick cover when the first bird came out about 10 yards in front of her. She still held pt as my hunting partner tried to get to her and then that's when the woods erupted. Five more birds came out in front of her and neither one of us got a shot. I saw one bird head towards the top of the ridge and so me the pup went after her. We get to the top of the ridge and the bird gets up 50 yards in front of us. She didn't hear or see it so I took her down to where this bird flushed from. She got to where the bird was and locked up. I was really happy to see her lock up even though I new the bird had flown away. We left this hollow and headed up the road to another spot. We didn't walk 100 yards and she locked up again. She was on pt looking in a honeysuckle thicket. The bird ended up flushing from across the creek and presented no shot. I've hunted 8 times in the last two months and now believe that if you have the right cover you still may find some. I've jumped 17 birds in the last two hunts. There should be some birds for seed for next yr.