What We're Working On Outdoor Idaho's upcoming shows for 2020, assuming we can pull em off

Outdoor Idaho is in its 37th season, and still bringing Idahoans stories about the state we all love. Below is the roadmap for 2020... before COVID-19 forced the world to pivot . Thanks for reading and watching; we're always interested in suggestions and ideas. And thanks for caring. Bruce Reichert

Sawtooths on My Mind... What do the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho mean to us? We explored this question in March of 2020 with those who visited, and with those who live and work in the shadow of these magnificent peaks. We examined some of the challenges facing Idaho's most popular mountain range; and we got deep into the Sawtooth Wilderness, so we're proud of the footage on this one.

You can watch the entire hour long show here  and you can check out this short clip of some of the interesting people we met on the trail while shooting.

(Photo by Bruce Reichert)

Trailblazers... Long gone are the days of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the army of laborers shipped around the country during the Great Depression as our nation's work relief program. The government paid them to build trails, parks and recreation areas; and we still use many of them today.

But public lands trails need to be maintained, or they simply disappear. And some of the trails are doing just that. Luckily, Idahoans are filling the gap... for free. They are this century's CCC. We call them Trailblazers.

Luckily, all the key interviews were conducted before social distancing. This show will air May 14th. Our eastern Idaho producer, Kris Millgate, has been beating the trails on this one; she is being ably assisted by editor and videographer Jay Krajic.

(Photo by Kris Millgate)

Urban Wildlife... It's understandable that wildlife prefer our neighborhoods at certain times of the year. And that's not always a good thing -- for them or for us. We've asked our Facebook and Instagram friends to send us video of the interactions with deer and elk, cougars and wolves, geese, ducks, skunks, etc. And, luckily, many of the interviews were shot before the era of social distancing.

We'll take viewers to the special places across our state where humans and wildlife are forced to interact. And we’ll introduce you to those who are trying to make this wildlife interface work.

Our new producer, Lauren Melink, is tackling this show. She will be ably assisted by production manager Aaron Kunz who will be handling the editing duties. The show is scheduled to air on July 16th.

(Photo by Kevin Kaiser)

Barns of Idaho... Who doesn't love a barn! And Idaho has lots of em. Most are in some degree of decay. Others are being renovated in some pretty interesting ways. And some barns have always been in service to farmers and ranchers throughout the state.

We’ll examine how barns helped shape our landscape, what’s being done to preserve them and how some Idaho barns have been re-purposed to give them new lives. Producer Forrest Burger is working on this one. Here's a taste of what's in store.

Much of this show was shot before the corona virus made the scene, so we think this one will air in October, making it the first show of our 38th season!

(Photo by Patty Pickett)

Hunting Idaho... We'll try to capture the essence of the Hunt and what it means in the 21st century. Idahoans have a long and storied tradition of taking big game, like elk and deer in the spirit of fair play. In fact, some call hunting a sacred act, while others question its nobility and value.

We'll explore the role of Fish & Game in hunting; how social media is affecting the divide between those who hunt and those who don't; what wolves have meant to the hunting experience; and much more. The show is scheduled to air in November.

We had hoped to get some spring hunting shot in the spring; but the corona virus squashed that idea. Unfortunately, this particular show may not air as scheduled...

(Photo by Jay Krajic)

Idaho's 12ers... There are people who love to climb mountains, particularly ones that are more than 12,000 feet high. In fact, there are now trails to the top of some of Idaho's 12ers that didn't exist even a few years ago.

Most of Idaho's nine 12,000 foot peaks are in the Lost River Range; Borah Peak is the leader of the pack, at 12, 662 feet.

Producer Bill Manny has already climbed all of the 12ers; and videographer Jay Krajic has climbed most of them. They'll be leading the charge, trying to keep up with climbers as young as 6 and 9 who have already summited them all. Yikes!

This hour-long show is scheduled to air in early December, 2020. Hopefully, the corona virus won't disrupt their plans to interview the climbing community.

(Photo by Tim Tower of Borah Peak)

(Cover photo by Terry Lee)