Discover the U.P. Podcast

Outdoors stories from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. From the fishing boats of the Great Lakes to the hunting camps deep in the woods, host Kristin Ojaniemi brings you interviews and stories from the people she meets while filming the U.P. outdoors television program "Discovering". A behind the scenes look at the adventures of creating this iconic show and in-depth interviews about a wide range of outdoor topics related to the woods and waters of this wild region.

9 Playlist Videos


PODCAST - 2023 Deer Harvest with Richard P. Smith

Podcast Episode 11 - One more podcast this winter about whitetail deer and deer hunting. When I did the Discovering episode about the 2023 Deer Har...

March 19, 2024


PODCAST - Take a Hike & Volunteer Too

Episode 10 - Take a Hike and Volunteer While You're At It I took advantage of the beautiful weather last weekend and went for a hike on a portion o...

March 12, 2024


PODCAST - Endangered Species in the Upper Peninsula

Podcast Episode 9 - December 2023 was the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. The U.P. is an important place for the conservation of sp...

March 5, 2024


PODCAST - Cooking Wild with 906 Outdoors

I catch up with Brian Whitens of 906 Outdoors and Cooking Wild Seasonings. I started working with Brian back in 2019 when he was the producer/host ...

February 28, 2024


Declining Deer Herd Part 2: Deer vs. Wolves with Gary Gorniak

I talk to Gary Gorniak, president of the Straits Area Sportsmen's Club, about the 2023 deer harvest, our low deer population, wildlife habitat, and...

February 20, 2024


2023 Deer Harvest: Full Interview with Chad Stewart of the MI-DNR

For my latest episode of "Discovering" I sat down with Chad Stewart of the Michigan DNR Wildlife Division (via zoom) to talk about the 2023 Deer Ha...

February 12, 2024


Declining Deer Herd Part 1: Full Interview with George Lindquist

I talk to George Lindquist of U.P. Whitetails of Marquette County about our declining deer herd in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The 2023 deer harves...

February 10, 2024


Michigan Native Grain: Manoomin - FULL INTERVIEW

The state of Michigan now has an official State Native Grain, one of cultural importance to indigenous people. Manoomin, the Anishnaabe word for Wi...

January 15, 2024


Pure Michigan Hunt Winner - FULL INTERVIEW

Discover the U.P. Podcast | Episode 1 Bob Beaudry, one of three Pure Michigan Hunt winners for 2023, was the first Yooper ever drawn for the PMH i...

January 8, 2024