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DISCOVERING | Curtis Kids' Fish Coop - 1,000+ Rainbow Trout Under the Ice!!

Episode 74 - It wouldn't hurt us to go to Curtis, and the Curtis Lions Kid's Fish Coop, where 1,000+ rainbow trout are stocked under the ice for ki...

February 23, 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


DISCOVERING | Backyard Bird Count, Ice Fish Little Bay de Noc & Sauna on the Shores of Lake Superior

Episode 73 - A mixed bag of stories tonight! Dad and I take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count (I didn't do a great job). Ice fishing Little Bay...

February 19, 2024


DISCOVERING | 2023 Deer Harvest

Episode 72 - I sit down with Chad Stewart of the MI-DNR Wildlife Division and a few sportsmen to talk about the 2023 Deer Harvest which could very ...

February 12, 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


DISCOVERING | Rabbit Hunting with Beagles

Episode 71 - It's the dog days of winter and we're on the hunt for rabbits. Meet the beagles of Devils Creek Kennel in the Western U.P., beagler Ja...

February 5, 2024


DISCOVERING | Fishing with Women on Ice | Finding Shed Antlers

Episode 70 - On the hard water with Wisconsin Women Fish & Women on Ice here in the U.P. The group's theme for 2024 is "up it up a notch" to teach ...

January 29, 2024


DISCOVERING | Cougars in the U.P. | Arctic Grayling Stocked in U.P. Waters

Episode 69 - 24-year-old hunter, Eli Schaefer captured what is probably the most incredible cougar video ever captured on a trail camera, right in ...

January 22, 2024


DISCOVERING | Lake Gogebic Walleyes

Episode 68 - Chasing flags on ice-covered Lake Gogebic for walleyes plus a few bonus jumbo perch. Guide Justin Soffa and crew give us some tips on ...

January 15, 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


DISCOVERING | Pure Michigan Hunt Winner

Episode 67 - Bob Beaudry was the first Yooper ever drawn for the Pure Michigan Hunt in the 13 years the program has been going. Pure Michigan Hunt ...

January 8, 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


DISCOVERING | Big Bluegills & Historic Snowstorms

Episode 66 - Ice fishing a tiny lake for giant bluegills when we still had decent ice in December. Bass angler and guide Connor Baccus even reeled ...

January 1, 2024


Big 'ol bluegills on a tiny lake! #icefishing #upperpeninsula #gonefishing #discovering #bluegills

Tonight on "Discovering" we find a tiny northern lake full of big bluegills with Connor Baccus. Here's a preview of the show!

January 1, 2024


Discovering Snapshot | Trout Unlimited Stream Restoration on the Trout Creek

Trout Unlimited Stream Restoration on the Trout Creek. Check out this giant culvert to help the brookies swim upstream! Watch the whole story here...

December 28, 2023


DISCOVERING | Christmas on Mackinac Island

Episode 65 - Merry Christmas! Tonight we set sail to Mackinac Island for their annual Christmas tree lighting, visit America's oldest grocery store...

December 25, 2023


DISCOVERING | The Best Place to See the Northern Lights - The U.P. of course!

Episode 64 - Tonight we chase the Northern Lights. 2024 and 2025 look to be great years to see the Aurora Borealis and the U.P. is the best place t...

December 18, 2023


DISCOVERING | Diver Ducks and Buffalo Harvest

Episode 63 - "Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam. Where the deer and the diver ducks play" This week we go November diver duck hunting in pe...

December 11, 2023


DISCOVERING | Experience Dog Sledding in the U.P.

Episode 62 - I visited Nature's Kennel in McMillan for a winter adventure unlike any other - learning how to drive and care for your own dog sled ...

December 4, 2023


DISCOVERING | 25th Trails & Tales Deer Poll | BuckFest | Stories from Sidnaw Station

Episode 61 - The Trails & Tales Outdoor Radio Deer Poll celebrated it's 25th event and what would’ve been the 70th birthday of its founder, Tim Kob...

November 27, 2023


DISCOVERING | Big Buck Night 2023

Episode 60 - It's that time of the year! Michigan's gun deer season is 6 days in and we hit up a couple of BIG BUCK events over the weekend; Hardco...

November 20, 2023


DISCOVERING | Anatomy of a Deer Camp

Episode 59 - John Voelker had a deer camp. John Voelker was a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, lawyer, avid fly fisherman, and author of "Anatomy of...

November 13, 2023


DISCOVERING | Fall Smallmouth Bass Fishing in the U.P.

Episode 58 - Fall smallie fishing with Brian Clairmont of BAC Guide Service and his buddy Jody Korch. Catching 20" smallies on the Menominee River....

November 6, 2023


DISCOVERING | Goose Hunting in the Garden Peninsula | Milling Lumber

Episode 57 - Last chance honker hunting in the Garden Peninsula with Trystan Myszkier of Yooper Gold Sportfishing Guide Services and Jordan Harper....

October 30, 2023


2023 Great Lakes Fishing Decree Interview

My full interview with Dave Caraffino, Tribal Coordination Unit Manager for the Michigan DNR, about the 2023 Great Lakes Fishing Decree that was si...

October 24, 2023


DISCOVERING | Great Lakes Fishing Decree & Wolf Trail Cameras

Episode 56 - I talk to Dave Caroffino, MDNR Fisheries Tribal Coordination Unit Manager, about the 2023 Great Lakes Fishing Decree, the newest fishi...

October 23, 2023


DISCOVERING | DNR Outdoor Shooting Range | Keweenaw Snowmobile Club Groomer Barn

Episode 55 - The long-awaited DNR Outdoor Shooting Range in Marquette County is now open to the public. The ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication ...

October 16, 2023


DISCOVERING | Backpacking & Brook Trout Fishing the Fox River

Episode 54 - What started as an adventure to follow Ernest Hemingway's footsteps and fish and hike the Fox River Pathway, turned into a 3-day, 27.5...

October 9, 2023


DISCOVERING | Bird Dog Training & Old Town Kayaks

Episode 53 - I'm on vacation so Brian Whitens is filling in for me tonight! Old Town demoed their newest fishing kayaks so Brian stopped by to chec...

October 2, 2023


DISCOVERING | Camp Josh Bear Hunter | Great Blue Heron Release

Episode 52 - Bears and birds! First I visit Camp Josh in Ontonagon County to talk to a successful bear hunter about her hunt and experience at Camp...

September 25, 2023


DISCOVERING | Bear Camp 2023

Episode 51 - I'm back at John Rahn's Yooper Outdoors #906 Bear Camp for a 4th year. This is something I look forward to all year long. There's alwa...

September 18, 2023


Isle Royale Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Isle Royale National Park has drafted their Wilderness Stewardship Plan, with three plan alternatives they want the public to comment on. Comments ...

September 17, 2023


DISCOVERING | Mushroom Food Plots for Whitetail Deer | Atlantic Salmon Fishing

Episode 50 - Learn all about whitetail deer and mushrooms and step by step how to create a mushroom food plot with Matt Williams of Shiitake Creek ...

September 11, 2023


DISCOVERING | Tournament Fishing on Lake Superior with Finn Spoons | Field Judging Black Bears

Episode 49 - Tonight we fish the annual South Shore Women's & Kids Tournament with the Finn Tackle Company team, three generations of anglers who c...

September 4, 2023


DISCOVERING | Jimmy Houston in the U.P. & Richard P. Smith's New Book & Deer Eating Mushrooms

Episode 48 - Tonight we have a couple outdoor legends on the show! Outdoor writer Richard P. Smith talks about walking with whitetails and the mush...

August 28, 2023


DISCOVERING | Lake Trout Fishing on Lake Superior with Rainbow Charters

We're on two lake trout charter fishing trips. One from last year with Rainbow Charters out of Grand Marais, and another one from over 10 years ago...

August 21, 2023


DISCOVERING | Lake Superior's Research Vessel Kiyi

Episode 47 - On this episode we board the research vessel Kiyi, the U.S. Geological Survey ship that conducts fisheries research on Lake Superior. ...

August 14, 2023


DISCOVERING | Trout Unlimited Stream Restoration & ATV Camping to Michigan State Parks & More

Episode 46 - First up we take an ATV camping trip to Twin Lakes and Baraga State Parks in the Western Upper Peninsula. This is one of the MI-TRALE ...

August 7, 2023


DISCOVERING | Huron Island Lighthouse & 2023 National Trappers Convention

Episode 45 - A visit to the Huron Island Lighthouse, located in the Huron National Wildlife Refuge, 3 miles off shore in Marquette County. A visit ...

July 31, 2023


DISCOVERING | Trolling a Backwoods Brook Trout Lake by Kayak | Copper Country Strawberries

Episode 44 - A successful catch & cook brook trout fishing mission with Steve Hooper. Steve catches the biggest brooke trout I've ever seen in real...

July 24, 2023


DISCOVERING | The Center for Freshwater Research & Education at LSSU

Episode 43 - We tour the Center for Freshwater Research & Education and Discovery Center at Lake Superior State University to learn a little more a...

July 17, 2023


DISCOVERING | Atlantic Salmon Fishing in DeTour & Atlantic Salmon Stocking at LSSU

Episode 42 - The U.P. has world-class sport fishing for Atlantic salmon thanks to the Center for Freshwater Research and Education at Lake Superior...

July 10, 2023


DISCOVERING | King Salmon Fishing x 2 | 2023 Black Bear Hunting Regulation Changes

Episode 41 - King salmon fishing on Lake Michigan with Yooper Outdoors #906 plus a few behind the scenes clips of my own king salmon fishing trip t...

July 3, 2023


DISCOVERING | Fin Fatale | Keweenaw Boat Tours

Episode 40 - I join the Fin Fatale team for the Keweenaw Bay Classic, the only all-female boat out of 141 boats entered in the tournament. See how ...

June 26, 2023


DISCOVERING | 2023 Moose Survey | Youth Trap Shoot Competition

Episode 39 - I talk to the Michigan DNR about the results of the 2023 Upper Peninsula moose survey and the area they survey. Plus I went up in the ...

June 19, 2023


DISCOVERING | Preserving Ford's Alberta Sawmill | Copper Country Boat Tours

Episode 38 - "Henry Ford built a town"....The Alberta Village Sawmill is a historical gem to the lumbering history of the western U.P. A year ago i...

June 12, 2023


DISCOVERING | Overnight stay at the Oren Krumm shelter on the NCT

Episode 37 - A few different stories for tonight! A main snowmobile & ATV trail in the Keweenaw Peninsula is finally getting repaired after being c...

June 5, 2023


DISCOVERING | Spring Prespawn Smallmouth Bass Fishing in the Keweenaw

Episode 36 - An awesome day of spring prespawn smallmouth bass fishing in the Keweenaw Peninsula with guide Connor Baccus. We caught a ton of fish!...

May 29, 2023


DISCOVERING | Camp Nesbit & Brown Trout Stocking

Episode 35 - We visit Camp Nesbit in the Ottawa National Forest during camp week for 6th grade students in the Western Upper Peninsula. Kids learn ...

May 22, 2023


PFOS in Smelt & Smelt Consumption Advisory Interviews

For tonight's "Discovering" episode on the rainbow smelt decline and consumption advisory I interviewed an expert on the chemical contaminants PFAS...

May 16, 2023


DISCOVERING | Lake Superior Smelt Decline & 1800's Log Dam Trout Habitat

Episode 34 - Tonight we talk to experts about the decline of the rainbow smelt population in Lake Superior, the consumption advisory on them and wh...

May 16, 2023



A quick update to let you know what I'm working on and the stories you can expect to see on "Discovering" in the next couple months! If all goes we...

May 8, 2023


DISCOVERING | Abandoned Radar Base in the Keweenaw | Walleye Fishing the Bay of Green Bay

Episode 33 - We tour the abandoned Calumet Air Force Station, a Cold War era radar base tucked away on top of a mountain in the Keweenaw Peninsula....

May 1, 2023


DISCOVERING | Copper Country

Episode 32 - We explore what makes the copper country, the copper country. The copper mining boom might be a thing of the past in Michigan's Upper ...

April 24, 2023


DISCOVERING | Early Spring Walleyes on the Menominee River

Episode 31 - It's great to be back on a boat! We hit the Menominee River on the border of the U.P. and Wisconsin as soon as the ice was off, for so...

April 17, 2023


DISCOVERING | Making Upper Peninsula Maple Syrup

Episode 30 - Kass Sugarbush Part 2 - We're back at the Kass Family Sugarbush to see how they process sap into syrup. Many hands make light work as ...

April 10, 2023


DISCOVERING | Stocking Splake in the Porcupine Mountains | Ice Fishing for Splake and Musky

Episode 29 - We follow the Michigan DNR as they stock one of the most remote lakes in Michigan; Mirror Lake in the heart of the Porcupine Mountains...

April 3, 2023


DISCOVERING | Winter Camping in the Keweenaw

Episode 28 - Dad and I camp overnight at a unique AirBnB in the Keweenaw Peninsula in a canvas bell tent. The snow was deep, the temps below zero b...

March 27, 2023


DISCOVERING | Fish Habitat & Salamanders & Snow

Episode 27 - A variety of stories from across the U.P. for you today! First we talk about the upcoming blue-spotted salamander migration in Marquet...

March 20, 2023


North Country Trail Snowshoe

Snowshoeing along the Sturgeon River in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, with a group from the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail. This...

March 16, 2023


DISCOVERING | Tapping Maple Trees

Episode 26 - Kass Sugarbush Part 1 This syrup season we visit the Kass Sugarbush to talk about proper maple tree tapping techniques, learn about s...

March 13, 2023


DISCOVER THE U.P. | Fly Tying - Part 1

Part 1 of Fly Tying with Tod Poirier.

March 8, 2023


DISCOVERING | Winter BOW & Cardboard Racing

Episode 25 - Michigan DNR Becoming and Outdoors Woman Winter Weekend & The Annual Belgiumtown Cardboard Classic. A couple different winter events ...

March 6, 2023


DISCOVERING | Lake Gogebic Perch Fishing with The Fallen Outdoors

Episode 24 - On a mission to catch jumbo perch with The Fallen Outdoors, an all-veteran, nationwide, volunteer organization that connects veterans ...

February 27, 2023


Traditional Finnish Log Sauna | National Sauna Week

The last week of February has been declared “National Sauna Week". Because of the Finnish heritage here in the Upper Peninsula, sauna culture is st...

February 23, 2023


DISCOVERING | 2022 DNR Wolf Survey | Teal Lake Ice Fishing Derby

Episode 23 - Interview with Michigan DNR Wildlife Biologist Brian Roell about the results of the 2022 Wolf Survey. We talk numbers, carrying capaci...

February 20, 2023


Copper Dog 150 Sled Dog Races (2020)

With the 2023 Copper Dog just around the corner, here's a look at the 2020 race! The Copper Dog 150 is a 3 day sled dog race held in the Keweenaw P...

February 14, 2023


DISCOVERING | Snowmobiling the Gogebic Area

Episode 22 - The U.P. is a top destination for snowmobiling. I head to Bergland to rent a snowmobile for the day to learn how to drive one (my firs...

February 13, 2023


DISCOVERING | WI Women Fish on Little Bay De Noc | Ice Climbing at Pictured Rocks

Episode 21 - Climb on! Since it's right here in the U.P., I wanted to try ice climbing so I roped in the TV6 morning news crew, and the Michigan Ic...

February 6, 2023


DISCOVERING | Skull Taxidermy with Dermestid Beetles

Episode 20 - I brought my bear skull to El Cheapo Skull Taxidermy in Marquette to get cleaned and whitened. Dan @ El Cheapo uses Dermestid Beetles ...

January 30, 2023


DISCOVERING | Navy Veterans in the U.P. Tip-up Fishing for Walleye & Pike

Episode 19 - On the ice with a group of Navy veterans and friends for a successful weekend of walleye and pike fishing.

January 23, 2023


Copper Country Curling | Curling in a Historic Calumet Mine Building

A historic drill house from the Upper Peninsula copper mining days turned into a curling rink. Calumet, Michigan is the center of the copper boom a...

January 19, 2023


DISCOVERING | DNR Fish Shop & 2022 U.P. Deer Harvest Reporting Results

Episode 18 - A visit to the DNR Fish Shop in Crystal Falls to see what the fishery techs are up to in the winter and how they determine the age and...

January 16, 2023


Michigan DNR 2022 Deer Harvest Report | Interview with the DNR

I talked to Chad Stewart of the Michigan DNR Wildlife Division about the preliminary results of the 2022 deer harvest in the U.P. and the new manda...

January 16, 2023


Mackinac Island in the Winter

What is it like living on Mackinac Island in the winter? How do you get around? By snowmobile! What is open and what is there to see and do? I get ...

January 10, 2023


DISCOVERING | Ice Fishing for Trout | Maple Bourbon Lake Trout Recipe

Episode 17 - I met up with Steve from the Saturday Sauna Night podcast for a couple days of ice fishing for trout on a couple stocked ponds & lakes...

January 9, 2023


DISCOVERING | 2022 Year in Review

Episode 16 - A look back at my favorite stories from 2022! Hunting, fishing, outdoor adventures and more!

January 2, 2023


DISCOVERING | Building a Traditional Longbow Part 2

Episode 15 - Part 2 of building a traditional longbow at Copper Country Bow Works in Ontonagon, MI. Plus we learn the basics of shooting a longbow....

December 26, 2022


Dog Sledding in the Upper Peninsula

I head to the eastern end of the U.P. to Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Adventures where you can learn to drive a dog team or take a ride with the sled d...

December 21, 2022


DISCOVERING | Building a Traditional Longbow | 7 Point Doe

Episode 14 - Part 1 of building a traditional longbow at Copper Country Bow Works in Ontonagon, MI. And during the recent firearm deer season, a U....

December 19, 2022


Walleyes for Breakfast

Back on the ice in Curtis, Michigan for an early morning of walleye fishing with Yooper Outdoors #906

December 15, 2022


DISCOVERING | Manoomin - Wild Rice | The Manoominator

Episode 13 - Manoomin, also known as Wild Rice, is an ancient species of grain-producing grass native to the Great Lakes area. Once plentiful in pl...

December 12, 2022


DISCOVERING | Squirrel Hunting | U.P. Winter Adventure List

Episode 012 - Cody Cass takes us squirrel hunting earlier this fall and whips up an easy and delicious squirrel recipe. I have my list of favorite ...

December 5, 2022


DISCOVERING | The Popple Shack | Deer Season 2022

Deer hunting stories from The Popple Shack in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. What it's like to go to deer camp and a successful father/daughter duo du...

November 28, 2022


DISCOVERING - Big Buck Night 2022

Episode 010 - It's the weekend after the firearm deer season opener and there are Big Buck contests all over the U.P. We hit up Belgiumtown, Rapid ...

November 21, 2022


DISCOVERING | Backpacking the Porcupine Mountains in October

Rainstorms, washed out trails, muddy boots, starry nights and fall colors while hiking and camping along lakes and rivers in the Upper Peninsula wi...

November 19, 2022


DISCOVERING - Deer Camp Stories

Episode 009 - It's almost firearm deer season in the U.P. and that means it's time for a camp visit. Sit back and listen to stories from 93-year-ol...

November 14, 2022


Agate Hilton - Visiting a U.P. Deer Camp

A new camp with an old name. After losing their old deer camp that was built in 1987, the guys of the Agate Hilton rebuilt a beautiful new camp in ...

November 11, 2022


White Sky Woods

Homesteading in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Lisa & Tim and their kids share their little corner of winter paradise, the unique yurt style home they bui...

November 10, 2022


DISCOVERING | Duck Hunting & Grouse Hunting

Episode 8 is all about the birds. Hunting them that is. First up, a couple trips and many miles down a two-track hunting ruffed grouse. Then a coup...

November 8, 2022


DISCOVERING | Sighting in a Rifle & DNR Mandatory Harvest Reporting

Episode 7 - Cody Cass learns how to zero in your rifle for the upcoming Michigan Firearm Deer Season at the Negaunee Rod & Gun Club. And speaking o...

October 31, 2022


Discovering Yooperlites

What is a Yooperlite? I chat with Erik Rintamaki, the guy who discovered Yooperlites, about what they are, how he found them, and how you can find ...

October 27, 2022


Sunnyside Camp - A U.P. Deer Camp Story

I visited the Sunnyside Camp during deer season a couple years ago, a brand new hunting camp located in the western Upper Peninsula. The owners of ...

October 26, 2022


DISCOVERING - River Camping, Trout Fishing & Michigan DNR Updates

Episode 006 - Dad and I do an overnight trip along a river for some camping and fishing. A great backdrop to cook up some bear burger from my bear ...

October 24, 2022


DISCOVERING - Fly Fishing for Trout

Episode 005 - Brian is back with a great show. Join Chris and Jason from Caddis Shack Guide Service for a day of river fly fishing for trout.

October 17, 2022


8 Days on Isle Royale

In the spring of 2021 I spent 8 amazing days on Isle Royale - the least visited, but the most revisited National Park in the country. Isle Royale i...

October 12, 2022


DISCOVERING | My Michigan Black Bear Hunt

Episode 4 of "Discovering" features my own bear hunt in fall 2022 and I take my bear harvest to Northwoods Meat Processing in Greenland to be skinn...

October 10, 2022


DISCOVERING | Fall Lake Trout on Lake Superior & Fall Color ATV Ride

Episode 3 - A successful evening of fall lake trout fishing off the coast of the Porcupine Mountains and the 2022 MI-TRALE Fall Color Senior Ride, ...

October 3, 2022


Wildcat Falls Community Forest

A hike with Northwoods Alliance to look at a lesser known waterfall in the U.P. called Wildcat Falls, tucked away in an old growth forest - the Wil...

September 29, 2022