Hunting Prairie Chickens in September – The Kansas “Grouse” Opener

Mix up your early season with prairie chicken in Kansas During the month of September bird hunters are doing one of two things: hunting doves or some type of grouse, albeit blue,...

CZ Upland Ultralight – Shotgun Review

The CZ Upland Ultralight is lightweight reliability at a reasonable price. I’m an old grouse hunter. By that I mean I don’t think of myself as really old, but I used to hunt...

Understanding the Threat Response of Ruffed Grouse in Hunting

Musing on the accelerated evolution of grouse behavior and grouse hunting tactics. Some years ago I wrote a book, The Urban Deer Complex. Growing up just outside of Boston, I was...

Why I Stopped Shooting Lead at Doves

A thoughtful look at a hunter’s choice to stop hunting doves with lead shot The first animal I successfully brought down was a dove. It was September in south Texas,...

Snipe, Soras and Other Rails: The Misunderstood Birds of September

Get your bird seasons started early with the overlooked game birds of September “They’re just a bunch of gooney birds! Why waste time on them?” I’ve heard some say...

What Chokes and Shot Size to Use for Dove Hunting

A look into choosing chokes and shot size as the dove hunting season changes September 1 signaled the start of the upland season for wingshooters. Thousands of dove hunters will...

Sora Rail Hunting on a Skiff

Sora rail might be one more reason to start this bird season earlier than usual. Despite its current claim to being the most densely populated state, New Jersey was once a land of...

Walking Up Doves While Hunting

Instead of sitting and waiting try walking up doves on slow days Dove season. You’re sitting there, twiddling your thumbs. The little grey rockets have not presented a shot...

Start Here – Welcome to Project Upland

Wild birds, public lands, everyday people . . . Welcome to Project Upland, the award-winning platform created by passionate bird hunters like you, to bring you upland hunting...

When it Comes to Finding Sharptails, Think Outside the Box

Finding sharp-tailed grouse to hunt can change from season to season based on cover, water and food. As we stare down the barrel of the 2019 upland bird season, thoughts of long...

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Latest Films The Bird Hunting Epic Series

How Much Passion – A Sharp-tailed Grouse Society Film

Explore the world of the Minnesota sharp-tailed grouse in film. Full Film Coming October 2019 There was a time well over 60 years ago when the sharp-tailed grouse was the most...

Food and Hunting – A Film on Wild Game Food Writer Hank Shaw

The musings and personal story of upland game chef Hank Shaw For those of you who have already dived into the book Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail you are probably very familiar with...

Live for October – A Hunting Mentor Film

Take a journey on a hunter mentor trip in New Hampshire for ruffed grouse and American woodcock. If there is one candid and honest reality of good mentoring, it’s that it...

Hard Day Riding – A Southern Field Trial Film

Journey into the overlooked world of African-American field trial history in the South This film is presented by Eukanuba Sporting Dog and Gordy and Sons Outfitters. Being a...

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#76 | Grouse Habitat Q&A with Ann Jandernoa – Project Upland Podcast

“As you get into the second and third week of October, you need to start looking for dense shrub components that could be the under-story of a canopy . . . a lot of younger cuts don’t have it.” Ann Jandernoa – Northwind Enterprises Where are the best places to look...

#75 | Shotguns, Gun Fit and Wingshooting with Del Whitman – Project Upland Podcast

“If your gun doesn’t fit, you’ve got kind of a really ineffective club in your hands. Having a gun that doesn’t fit you is akin to...

#74 | Listener Q&A with J.C. Bosch of No Limits Kennels – Project Upland Podcast

“That’s kind of my philosophy in life and with dogs. We’re going to learn through successful repetition or massive failure… but...

#73 | Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse – Project Upland Podcast

“Get to know the habitat where sharptails exist here in Wisconsin because it’s very unique . . . this is about more than sharp-tailed...

#72 | Building A Grouse Dog with Craig Doherty of Wild Apple Kennel – Project Upland Podcast

“We always have an eye on the end game which is to have a grouse dog that wants to be with you, listens and complies when given a...