Hunting Culture

Old photos of bird hunting as a kid.
Lessons from Growing Up in Fields of Upland Birds

A bird hunter reflects on the moral and life lessons learned in a childhood of…

bird hunters inside grouse camp at warden worry
How to Tell a Hunting Story: The Legend of Wardens Worry

The author looks into the myths, legends, and rituals of hunting stories in the North…

The front cover Fall 2019 issue of the magazine featuring Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook
Introducing Fall Issue of Project Upland Magazine

An inside look at the Fall 2019 Issue of Project Upland Magazine. The calendar might…

A bird dog retrieves a ring neck pheasant.
10 Most Popular and Obscure Upland Game Birds in North America

A look into the most popular upland game birds according to the Project Upland audience…

a ruffed grouse hunt using a semi-automatic shotgun.
You Do Not Need a Double Gun to be an Upland Hunter

An exploration into the personal ethics and community of upland hunting shotguns Lately, there has…

A bird dog trainer handling a mallard for a training session.
Finding Birds for Dog Training – The Power of Community

Finding birds to use in dog training is one of the many hurdles we face…

Host of The Gun Dog Notebook Durrell Smith holding his English pointer puppy at a field trial.
The Gun Dog Notebook Podcast Joins Project Upland Listen

Project Upland welcomes The Gun Dog Notebook as part of our network and community. Listen…

A ruffed grouse walking through snow leaving tracks
Understanding Tracks and Other Game Bird Signs

Identifying clues left in the deserts, mountains, uplands and woods when bird hunting “I’ve got…

A bird hunter holds up a pheasant.
The Good Reasons We Do Not Have Bird Dogs

You don’t need a bird dog to be part of the upland – it’s just…

An African-American upland hunter in a field with his bird dog.
On Being an African-American Upland Hunter from the South

A candid and honest look at African-American Upland Culture. Where do upland hunting traditions go…

Training a bird dog for its first hunting test.
My Bird Dog Pup Goes to the Big Leagues

Or, That Time I Drove 900 Miles for a Dog Test I popped an antacid…

The author hunts the mountains with her bird dog.
Our First Bird: Lessons in Humility

It should have been a memory to last a lifetime: a new hunter, a new…

A dog and handler look at each other while training.
Building Trust and Partnership with Your Dog

The development of a strong bound between a dog and handler is a cornerstone to…

Two bird hunters get ready at a truck to go hunt quail in California.
Hunter Recruitment: How Bird Hunting is Helping in the R3 Fight

Bird hunting is at the forefront of hunter recruitment in the United States. Doom and…

pen-raised quail for bird dog training in a quail pen.
Living with Pen-Raised Quail for Dog Training

Here is a collection of stories, mistakes, and trials of living with pen-raised quail to…

A bird hunter and bird dog during it's first hunting season.
Setting Expectations for Your Dogs First Hunting Season

Taking the lessons from a first bird hunting season with a bird dog. The young…

A woman bird hunting out west with an Arrietta shotgun.
Gun not for Sale – An Arrieta Shotgun Legacy Story

Why I would never sell my Arrieta side-by-side shotgun. I cannot recollect where I was…

A bird dog trainer holding a training pigeon.
Things They Don’t Tell You About Bird Dog Training

Pigeons are disgusting and other surprises not disclosed when you get your first gun dog…

A bird dog on point in thick cover
Hard Lesson Learned on Wind Direction and Hunting Dogs

A hard lesson learned about wind direction for a first time hunting dog handler In…

A hunter holds up a chukar from a preserve hunt
Adapted Upland Traditions – Upland Preserves

The importance of Upland Preserves in our hunting community. With an avid outdoorsman for a…

A bird dog puppy laying in the grass.
What Just Happened to My Life: Bringing Home Our First Gun Dog

A first hand perspective of adding the first gun dog to the family It was…