Whitetail In School Program – Hampton, Iowa
I was privileged enough to be one of the teachers in attendance on September 12th, 2012 as Steve Porter’s Trophy Whitetails put on a presentation at our school. The grades of students viewing the presentation ranged from sixth to eighth, and over 250 students from hunting and non-hunting backgrounds were in attendance.
The program was shown about nine different times throughout the day in thirty minute intervals. Topics included aging dear based thickness of sheds, antler development, deer behavior, deer farming, and deer attractants. Each session ended with a very appropriate and necessary message that related using the outdoors and outdoor activities to live a healthy, active lifestyle while making positive choices and staying out of trouble.
The presenters included Steve Porter and his son Dillon Porter who were very relatable to the audience which seemed to be hanging on their every word. Both presenters were very professional and were very talented speakers. They used a variety of hands on examples including a multitude of antler sheds that the student could see and feel as well as pictures related to the topics. Our students were able to learn about the various deer topics while standing less than four feet from three giant trophy whitetail deer. We had one student who is blind that was able to feel and in a sense see what a trophy whitetail is for the first time in his life. Steve was kind enough to help the young man feel the face and antlers of a living, breathing whitetail deer.
This program comes highly recommended from the science department at Hampton-Dumont Middle School. Steve Porter’s Trophy Whitetails is an excellent resource for teaching young people about what is in the natural world around them by bringing nature to the student. Personally we both viewed the presentation eight times and learned something new during each session.