A.J. DeRosa Author

Founder/Creative Director of Northwoods Collective. A.J. DeRosa is an American filmmaker most notably for the award winning Project Upland Bird Hunting Series. He is also the critically acclaimed author of The Urban Deer Complex and considered one of the foremost authorities on suburban deer behavior in the country. A.J. has a passion for sustainable living and the fight for conservation.

The Unholy Art of Hunting Woodcock Without a Dog

Hunting woodcock without a dog is a culture in of itself. Long before being submerged into the vast realm of gun dogs, a subculture amongst a subculture. Like many of Northwoods...

Bird Hunting Without a Dog – Breaking the Stigma

Bird hunting without a dog is a controversial subject in the upland community but nevertheless it is an important part of our culture. I shot my first Woodcock and my first Ruffed...

Grouse Hunting Hack – Know what they are Eating

Try this Grouse hunting hack on slow days in your covers However predictable we think Ruffed Grouse are when they feed, it only goes so far. Some days I wake up wanting eggs and...

Why Upland Hunting is the Ultimate City Escape

The Ultimate City Escape is in the covers of the Upland World. Long before I was head first into upland hunting, I was a diehard bowhunter or more accurately a diehard urban deer...

Gun Dog Training – Five Things a Novice Should Know

First Time Advice on Gun Dog Training from a Struggling Novice Beginning on the path of gun dog training is no small feat. It is a world of obstacles, failures, and defeat. But...

Choosing our Bird Dog Commands Carefully

Confessions from a Novice Dog Handler on Bird Dog Commands When I was preparing to get my first puppy I did not think much about the words associated with bird dog commands....

I Need More Training than my Gun Dog

Our own abilities, and dedication are the solid foundation of gun dog training – Confessions of a first time gun dog trainer. As I progress throughout year one of my first...

Why Upland Hunters Need to Share their Covers

The future of upland hunting is more important than our personal needs. I hate to use the word “I” almost as much as I hate to generalize or judge people. That starts this...

Hunting Photography- Reinventing the Upland Hero Shot

Hunting photography has a strong foundation in the hero shot and the upland community is no exception. So what is the hero shot? In marketing terms, it is a single picture that...

Small Game Hunting, Big Hunting Adventure

Small Game Hunting can offer a big adventure at an affordable price. Many of us think of Big Game hunting when we think of the great adventures that have inspired us to spend,...