Bill's Father came from southern IN, a family with 9 boys..Bill's grandfather, and many of his uncles and father worked in the coal mines...Bill's grandfather was forced to retire at 70 but got a job delivering coal which he continued doing for many years....Bill believes his love to do physical work comes from this family history... Born in a basement in Gary IN. Bill moved to WI. at the age of 7...lived his life as a farm boy....joined the Navy at the age of 17....transferred to the Marines as a medic.. returned to WI after 4 years in service...spent some time welding, machine work and driving semi across country...after several years in sales he started his own hunting preserve and the advertising of that business lead him into the world of TV shows.
Bill Porter, Sr. made his first video production in 1976 entitled . Bi-Centennial Turkey Hunt. Bill was at that time running a Game Farm shooting preserve with his wife Rose and son John. In the Early 80's Bill used his past video experience to start making a syndicated outdoor television series called , The Wild Life Unlimited Show. The show ran on a number of stations throughout the Midwest.
While taping the Governors Open in Wisconsin, Bill met former Governor Warren Knowles. The Governor was so impressed by Bill's filming of wildlife that he suggested that Bill start a foundation to educate people on the needs of animals in the wild. With the help of his wife Rose and son John, Bill started The Wild Life Unlimited Foundation, a nonprofit foundation set up to educate people on the needs of wild animals. They have produced over 50 wildlife videos and 18 sing-a-long videos in its 31 year existence.
Bill's wife Rose stands in as assistant camera person when needed. His son John has done all the audio and graphics work on the videos as well as most of the video editing in the past few years. Wild Life Unlimited Distributors (Bill's distribution company) employs a number of people so that Bill can concentrate on the shooting of more videos and the care taking of the wild animals which live on his property.
Cougars, bears, deer, fox, coyotes, and other wild animals resided on their property. These animals are used for special shots which are not able to be taken in the wild. Bill and Rose also do numerous public appearances and give tours of the Foundation's facilities. The Foundation's videos are sold to schools, libraries and health care centers, they have also been viewed in many homes and have been aired on a number of PBS stations.