A.J. DeRosa

A.J. DeRosa founded Project Upland in 2014 as an excuse to go hunting more often (and it worked). A New England native, he grew up hunting and has spent over 30 years in pursuit of big and small game species across three continents. He started collecting guns on his 18th birthday and eventually found his passion for side-by-side shotguns, inspiring him to travel the world to meet the people and places from which they come. Looking to turn his passion into inspiration for others, AJ was first published in 2004 and went on to write his first book The Urban Deer Complex in 2014. He soon discovered a love for filmmaking, particularly the challenge of capturing ruffed grouse with a camera, which led to the award-winning Project Upland film series. AJ's love for all things wild has caused him to advocate on the federal and state levels to promote and expand conservation policy, habitat funding, and upland game bird awareness. He currently serves as the Strafford County New Hampshire Fish & Game Commissioner in order to give back to his community and to further the mission of the agency. When those hunting excuses are in play, you can find him wandering behind his Wirehaired Pointing Griffon in the mountains of New England and anywhere else the birds take them.

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A grouse hunter shows the fan of a ruffed grouse
Ethics of Bag Limits and Self-Imposed Limits

Should you shoot a limit of wild game birds this season? During my childhood in…

Project Upland Audio Books
Hunting Audio Books – Project Upland’s Classic Bird Hunting Books on Audible

Check out our latest bird hunting audio books from classic upland authors and writers. Hidden…

Two bird hunters and a pointing do hunt woodcock in Massachusetts
Bird Hunting in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has a storied history in Ruffed Grouse and woodcock hunting. Today, upland hunting persists…

A ruffed grouse taking flight
The Ruffed Grouse’s Mysterious “Crazy Flight”

Exploring the Ruffed Grouse behavior enigma of crazy flight through history and science It was…

A vintage photo of ammunition in a gun shop
The Return Act Threatens Conservation via the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court could destroy the Pittman-Robertson Act in an age of culture wars. Back…

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act with Senator Martin Heinrich

This could be the most important piece of conservation legislation in our lifetime. Call to…

An English Setter Upland Bird Hunting in North Dakota
Love Letter to North Dakota – A Hungarian Partridge and Sharp-tailed Grouse Story

Watch and read the upland hunting adventures of Tyler Webster of Birds, Booze, and Buds…

Maurizio Bertolassi the president of RFM shotguns with his daughter Alessia
RFM Shotguns: Shotguns with a Soul

The Story of an Italian Custom Gunmaker and the Rota-Fausti Manufacturing Legacy I stood at…

A hunter carries out a turkey he killed.
The Oxymoron of Success and Failure in Turkey Hunting

Has someone truly experienced the emotions of success in hunting if they have not also…

A dog pointing a woodcock during the spring training season
Spring Woodcock: The Quiet Period and Pointing Dog Training

Explore the ethics, laws, and dog training opportunities of the spring woodcock season The afternoon…

A.J. DeRosa holds the paw of a black bear with a hound in the background.
Battle of the Hounds: Vermont Legislature Considering Bills to Limit, Ban Bear Hunting with Dogs

A long-standing tradition is under threat in Vermont after legislators in the state’s House of…

Beretta 486 Parallelo round-action shotgun in a case
A Look at the Beretta 486 Parallelo Round-Action Side-by-Side

An overview of this unusual shotgun from the iconic Italian gunmaker The grouse season was…

grouse milanese on a plate with salad.
Grouse Milanese – A Classic Italian Recipe Gone Upland

Bring this fried cooking tradition of Southern Italy to North American upland game birds with…

A young hunter holds a youth shotgun wearing blaze orange in the woods
What is the Best Youth 20-Gauge Shotgun?

A growing market for youth shotguns means there are many options to choose from when…

A dog's face covered in porcupine quills
Porcupine Quills and Dog Encounters: A First Aid and Avoidance Guide

Exploring the dangers, first aid best practices, and avoidance training of porcupines and dog encounters …

Turkey hunters in the spring woods after shooting a turkey
Etiquette of the Spring Turkey Hunting Season

Turkey hunting brings higher rates of hunter conflict, so some basic principles of etiquette will…

A ruffed grouse on a tree limb in a working forest.
Science Can Save the Future of Upland Game

The opening letter of the Spring 2021 issue of Project Upland Magazine Science-based management is…

How to Run and Gun in Turkey Hunting

Use a mobile approach to track down more turkeys and increase your hunting opportunities As…

A racoon hunter with hos hound on a tailgate in Kentucky.
Kentucky Cooner — A Look at Raccoon Dogs

The tradition of raccoon hunting with dogs in America has been passed on for generations…

A falconer with his bird dogs and Goshawk
My Falconry – Hunting Scaled Quail with a Goshawk and Bird Dogs

A falconry video looking into the unusual world of hunting Southwestern quail with a Goshawk…

A grouse hunter walking to his truck on public lands.
The Ethics and Issues of Hotspotting in Hunting

What are the lines that define hotspotting public lands in the bird hunting community? It’s…