Because they're Wild – A New York Ruffed Grouse Hunting Story – Project Upland Original Film

Because they're Wild – A New York Ruffed Grouse Hunting Story – Project Upland Original Film

‘Because They’re Wild’ as part of the Project Upland Film series follows Northeast Regional Director of The Ruffed Grouse Society, Tripp Way into the Grouse Woods. Tripp reflects on his enjoyment of the woods, his passion for the Ruffed Grouse and the precious time spent afield with friends. As a dedicated conservationist and experienced upland hunter Tripp delivers the powerful line of “Its our responsibility to get these folks in the woods”.

“I find this to be one of the absolute pleasures of my life right now. And every one of these is a treasure. Truly.” – Perry Masotti
Tripp ventures across upstate New York bird hunting what he keys in as wild birds. Set on the adventures of the northeast landscape, he stresses that in a world of hunting preserves and instant satisfaction this tradition can not be replicated or replaced.

“For Tripp Way, Northeast Regional Director of The Ruffed Grouse Society, ruffed grouse and his pursuit of the bird represents many of the best things about hunting. Way talks about some of those things in ‘Because They’re Wild’, a rich and heartfelt film by A.J. DeRosa.” – Wide Open Spaces
‘Project Upland’ is a bird hunting videos initiative to help promote the future of upland bird hunting through bird hunting videos, online blogs and other media outlets. Geared to not only capture the essence of the “Grouse Woods” it seeks to inspire a future generation of upland bird hunters in all sporting traditions. Whatever your game, from Pheasants to Ruffed Grouse these are your stories of the bird hunting videos epic series.


  1. ONT ADV on November 8, 2021 at 9:41 am

    These videos are unreal. They get me really fired up for cool mornings in the woods

  2. Itsobvious on November 8, 2021 at 9:45 am

    If the state of New York would cut some timber, it would be the best Ruffed Grouse hunting in the US. Grouse Do not have to have Aspen, the Birch that comes up after a clear cut here in the Appalachians is just as good.

  3. Paul Keating on November 8, 2021 at 9:53 am

    What is that clipped onto the strap of your game vest? Looks like a knurled brass ring. Holds a spare shell, maybe?
    I noticed it in a couple videos and it’s been driving me crazy.

  4. Patrick Mulligan on November 8, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Curious to what gauge you all hint with and o/u of choice. Ready to make a purchase and hit the western Carolina woods

  5. Roadrunner James on November 8, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Went grouse hunting for the second time ever flushed three grouse didn’t shot any but still had a great time.

  6. Universal Tips NAS on November 8, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Well people want to hunt for several reason but i want to hunt for food in NY OR SO but i don’t want to hear philosophy lectures!!!!! ?????

  7. Quack Smack on November 8, 2021 at 10:04 am

    what a great clip.  Reminds me of why I hunt, and why it is the most important thing in my life to keep my spirit and love for the wild alive.  I wish everybody could experience a hunt, gun or no gun…just to see how amazing it is to be part of nature. Harvesting a couple delicious birds rather than store bought garbage is just a bonus.  I am happy either way!

  8. waylon jennings on November 8, 2021 at 10:08 am

    Fantastic video. I spent three falls and part of a fourth learning how to hunt ruffs and spruces in Alaska. I really came to be quite good at it by the third year. I also really enjoyed going by myself (didn’t have a dog either) and just basking in the quiet of the autumn woods. I also enjoyed taking new hunters on early season hunts when the birds were still in coveys and the action was fast paced. I also can’t recall how many I must have shot while going in and out of duck hunting spots too. Great times. I miss them.

  9. Google Account on November 8, 2021 at 10:20 am

    I’m from New York and I spend a lot
    Of time in the woods and mountains working on power lines I often hear grouse drumming and sometimes see them. I really want to hunt them I’m lost on how to start with no dog

  10. firm glint on November 8, 2021 at 10:21 am

    I’m trying to get into grouse hunting, I live in western New York, is there any good places I could go?