Traveling trophy buck display earns points with CPHS students

Just in time for deer hunting season, Steve Porter brought some friendly visitors with him to Champlin Park High School. Porter began raising whitetail deer in 1992.  In 1996, he started taking some of his trophy deer to sportsman shows. In 2004, he added schools to his list to teach students about the animal science behind deer. His talked at Champlin Park High School touched on deer behavior, antler development, life cycles and hunting techniques.

Champlin Park High School Students gather around a table displaying dozens of antlers shed by deer Steve Porter raises on a 100-acre plot in Lake Bronson. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

Champlin Park High School Students gather around a table displaying dozens of antlers shed by deer Steve Porter raises on a 100-acre plot in Lake Bronson. (Photo by Mindy Mateuszczyk)

“The students realize that these bucks were bottle-fed for the sole purpose of educating the public and leave our display with a better understanding of the Whitetail and an eagerness to get hunting,” said Porter.

Porters deer live in a 100-acre fenced in area that includes several food plots, a couple ponds and enough thick brush and trees to roam around in as they wish. Porter says they bottle-feed many of their fawns to promote a tamer herd.

In addition to an impressive antler display, Porter brought three live trophy bucks with him: Redwood, a 7.5 year old 13 point buck; Shifty, a 6.5 year old 34 point buck; and Stormin Norman, a 3.5 year old 20 point buck.

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