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Good Morning my Favorite Yoopers (displaced and wanna-be Yoopers)! Last Monday, the "Discovering" program was interrupted by a Presidential address...

July 8, 2024


Slate River Forest | DISCOVERING

Episode 92 - Tonight we wander through the Slate River Forest Reserve, a beautiful and diverse 10,000 acre forest in Baraga County. The property wa...

July 1, 2024


Keweenaw Walleye Fishing & Sylvania Wilderness Bass Fishing | DISCOVERING

Episode 91 - Catching monster walleyes with a couple of other outdoors writers on the Portage-Torch Lake Waterway in the Keweenaw Peninsula, thanks...

June 24, 2024


Fishing Derby & Camp Josh Fishing Event | DISCOVERING

Episode 90 - Fishing, fishing and more fishing tonight! Camp Josh, a non-profit organization who helps people with special needs get outdoors, host...

June 17, 2024


U.P. Deer Management Initiative & Bird Watching | DISCOVERING

Episode 89 - I met a couple of avid birdwatchers in Iron County who have created a songbird sanctuary on their property with nesting boxes. It's re...

June 10, 2024


Podcast - U.P. Deer Management Initiative

Podcast Episode 16 - FULL INTERVIEW with Jordan Hoover of the U.P. Deer Management Initiative (DMI) team to hear about his experience, the process ...

June 10, 2024


Giant Troll in the U.P. | DISCOVERING

Episode 88 - I visit Benny the Beard Fisher, a 14-foot-tall cedar and maple troll, at Northland Outfitters in Germfask. Extremely nice owners Durea...

June 3, 2024


Hiking the Entire Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore | DISCOVERING

Episode 87 - We backpack the 42 mile Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and see the beauty of the park from the trail. There's a reason this is the ...

May 27, 2024


My First Spring Turkey | Michigan Walleye Opener | Salmon in the Classroom | DISCOVERING

Episode 86 - I have three new stories for you tonight! First is a quick recap of my first successful spring turkey hunt and it only took me 20 days...

May 20, 2024


Vets Turkey Hunt & Cub Scouts Hike | DISCOVERING

Episode 85 - The Heroes' Harvest non-profit group held a turkey hunt for veterans in the Upper Peninsula. I tagged along with one successful hunter...

May 13, 2024


PODCAST - Liquid Freedom

Podcast Episode 13 - My full interview with Dean Juntunen, who completed his lifetime goal of kayaking the entire Lake Superior Shoreline, and he i...

May 7, 2024


DISCOVERING | Liquid Freedom: Paddling the Lake Superior Shoreline | Sucker Netting & Pickling

Episode 84 - We're pickling suckers, but first we need to net them! One of the most entertaining fishing stories I've filmed! Dean Juntunen compl...

May 6, 2024


Caledonia Copper Mine | DISCOVERING

Episode 83 - We visit the Caledonia Mine, set deep in the hills between Mass City and Rockland, in Ontonagon County to dig for copper and other pre...

April 29, 2024


DISCOVERING | New Fishing Regulations, Mild Winter Effects, Steelhead, Smelt Report & More

Episode 82 - I talk to the Michigan DNR about possible effects of our mild winter on our fisheries both inland and Lake Superior, and what they are...

April 22, 2024


Nonesuch Mine in the Porkies | Crane Count & Bird Tips | DISCOVERING

Episode 81 - We explore the ruins and learn the history of one of the most fascinating copper mines, the Nonesuch Mine in the Porcupine Mountains W...

April 15, 2024


DISCOVERING | Building the Chassell Historic Trail

Episode 80 - Follow a 5-year journey to build a historic walking trail at the former site of the Sturgeon River (Worcester) Lumber Mill in Chassell...

April 8, 2024


DISCOVERING | Endangered Species Act

Episode 79 - The Endangered Species Act was signed into law 50 years ago and 5 decades later it continues to help conserve species across the count...

April 1, 2024


DISCOVERING | Beaver Trapping Under the Ice, Part 2

Episode 78 - We're checking those traps we set last on last week's episode, plus a couple more days of checking traps under the ice on warm winter ...

March 25, 2024


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


DISCOVERING | Beaver Trapping Under the Ice

Episode 77 - We learn where and how to trap beavers under the ice using a variety of trap sets. This mild winter has made it easier for trappers to...

March 18, 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


DISCOVERING | Deer Habitat Part 2 | Youth Distinguished Expert

Episode 76 - Part 2 of our Wildlife Habitat story where we take a look at a habitat work-group planting conifers in a northern hardwood stand for w...

March 11, 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


DISCOVERING | Wildlife Habitat Part 1

Episode 75 - What is the state of our wildlife habitat today in the U.P.? What did it used to be? And where are we headed? For insight into these q...

March 4, 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


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 26, 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 | 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

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

November 6, 2023


DISCOVERING | Goose Hunting in Garden | 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 & Brookies

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


Copper Country Strawberry Fest | Backwoods Brookies Trolling by Kayak | DISCOVERING

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 & 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 Aerial 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 on the NCT at the Oren Krumm Shelter

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 Vets Ice Fishing

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

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