Gem State Roundup

Idaho Public Television announces programs on women hunters, Idaho Capitol

By: - May 6, 2021 4:16 am
Idaho State Capitol building in Boise.

Idaho State Capitol building in Boise on March 20, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Idaho Public Television announced Wednesday that two new productions are coming to the network. One will feature female hunters across Idaho, and the other will celebrate the fascinating 100-year history of the Idaho State Capitol in Boise.

Outdoor Idaho will air “Women Who Hunt.” Hunting is a pastime many enjoy and take advantage of when the season is upon them. Now lesser known stories about female hunters are brought to light.

Idaho Public Television says: “It’s the taste for meat and a thirst for adventure that drives hunters to dedicate early mornings and dusky evenings to the pursuit of an animal. From elk to pheasant, deer to chukar, hunting is in the genetic makeup of Idaho, both historically and culturally.”
“Women Who Hunt” features hunters from across the state, explores their motivation for hunting and delves into the historical significance of females moving from indoor roles into the outdoors.
“These hunters are truly passionate about the outdoors,” producer Lauren Melink said in a press statement to Idaho Capital Sun. “It’s been fascinating to understand better just why hunters love to hunt. For these women who hunt, it’s not just about getting an animal. It’s much more than that, and this show really tells that story.”
Producers followed female hunters who traversed many climactic challenges like ice and snow to get the game. Using their bird dogs and seeing how the women tracked animals, cameras followed these hunters along for the journey. The show airs at 8 p.m. May 13 and 7 p.m. May 16. Viewers can stream the program for free beginning May 6 through the PBS Video app on their favorite device or online at

Idaho Experience features “Capitol of Light Turns 100”

Also announced, “Capitol of Light Turns 100” on Idaho Experience will report on the 100 years of the Idaho State Capitol, from its design conception and construction through its most recent renovation and expansion as the most prominent symbol of democracy and freedom in Idaho.

Idaho Public Television says that the original architects, John E. Tourtellotte and Charles Hummel, “worked together to imagine and deliver a ‘Capitol for the Ages’ at a time when most of the actual construction was done completely by hand, hammer, and horsepower.”
Producers take a closer look at the remodel that took place from 2007 through 2010.
“Cameras capture the painstaking process of restoration and the construction of new underground wings that allowed expansion without destroying the original footprint of the Capitol grounds,” according to Idaho Public Television.
Idaho Experience’s production used ephemera, archived materials, interviews and reenactments to show the progression of one of the most visited buildings in all of the Gem State.
The program airs at 8:30 p.m. May 13 and repeats at 7:30 p.m. May 16. Viewers can stream the program for free beginning May 6 through the PBS Video app or online at

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April Neale
April Neale

April Neale is an entertainment writer and film and television critic. Neale is a member of the Hollywood Critics Association, Television Critics' Association, The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association and Critics' Choice Awards – Film, Documentaries, and Television. Neale has read her original work for NPR and 'Spoken Interludes', and has previously worked at industry trade Below The Line. Neale also writes for Monsters & Critics, TV Shows Ace, MSN, Cheapism, MSN Canada, Yahoo, Country Music Alley, Alliance of Women Film Journalists blog, and AOL.