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

Outdoor Idaho is in its 37th season, and hopefully still bringing Idahoans worthwhile stories about the state we all love. Below are our proposed shows for 2020. We're always interested in suggestions and ideas. Thanks for reading and watching, and thanks for caring. Bruce Reichert

Sawtooths on My Mind... What do the Sawtooth Mountains in central Idaho mean to us? We explore this question with those who visit, and with those who live and work in the shadow of these magnificent peaks. We actually get deep into the Sawtooth Wilderness, so you know the video will be top notch. And we examine some of the challenges facing Idaho's most popular mountain range.

The program is scheduled to air on March 5th. It will be an hour in length.

Here's a short clip of some of the interesting people we met on the trail last summer.

(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.

The show is scheduled to air on May 14th. Our eastern Idaho correspondent, Kris Millgate, has been beating the trails on this one.

(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 friends to send us video of the interactions with deer and elk, cougars and wolves, geese, ducks, skunks, etc. And we're out getting interviews ourselves.

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. It's 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 repurposed to give them new lives. Colleague Forrest Burger is working on this one. Here's a taste of what's in store.

The program is scheduled to 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.

(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'.

Two colleagues -- Bill Manny and Jay Krajic -- have climbed many of the 12ers, and 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.

(Photo by Tim Tower of Borah Peak)

(Cover photo by Terry Lee)