The living room and kitchen of the Dreyer home is like a greenhouse. From giant ferns to gorgeous blooming amaryllis, the home has dozens of plants that are relocated indoors from the family’s backyard garden every year when the cold weather sets in.
Steve Dreyer and Courtney Chabot Dreyer have lived in Johnston on the quiet cul-de-sac in the original Green Meadows development for more than eight years. Courtney works for nearby DuPont Pioneer in their legal department. She has been employed by Pioneer for 12 years and just recently joined the legal department after earning her law degree from Drake University and passing the bar exam. Dreyer has also worked in Pioneer’s corporate communications and biotech affairs and regulatory departments.
Steve is a University of Northern Iowa graduate, former major league pitcher for the Texas Rangers and current physical education teacher at Waukee Elementary School. He also gives private pitching lessons and has coached Little League, Club League and freshman baseball.
The Dreyers have three boys, Jack, 14; Will, 11; and Nick, 6; who all attend Johnston community schools. With baseball, soccer, show choir and Boy Scouts they keep their parents very busy. But one of the boys’ favorite activities is shed hunting. Each spring, Steve takes his sons out hunting for antlers dropped by the large deer population in Johnston. They collect any antlers they come across, but the biggest treasure is finding a matched pair from the same buck. These trophies are proudly displayed in the family living room and throughout the house, with an even larger stash of individual antlers kept in the family garage.
The boys are so excited about shed hunting that they have added an antler trap and salt lick in their backyard.
“The boys put corn out in my dormant gardens in the winter and early spring to attract deer into our yard, hoping one will drop his antlers,” Courtney says. “While they are beautiful creatures, I struggle each spring to get the deer out of the emerging flower beds and vegetable garden.” She said it’s probably confusing for the deer.
“Here we are feeding them all winter and welcoming them to our yard, only to shoo them out several months later.”