4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project

Sponsored by the Quality Deer Management Association, the 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project is open to any youth, age 5-19.  Participants will receive seed and prepare, establish and maintain a food plot for wildlife.  In general, the food plot should be 1/8 to 1/4 acre in size, situated near natural cover such as woods, fencerows or brushpiles and in an area that receives adequate sunlight.  Awards will be given, however, the most important part of this project is the learning that takes place as 4-H members provide a valuable habitat for deer and other wildlife.

Youth who enter must:

  • join or already be a member of 4-H ($10 per year)

  • pay project fee ($5)

  • take a soil sample ($6)

  • plant and maintain the food plot

  • observe and keep records for one full growing season

Before you begin, review this helpful checklist.

August 30                                      Registration/Contract due
August 30 - September 30             Submit soil sample, plant
Plant date - January 3, 2014         Observe, take pictures, keep records,have plot judged
January 3                                       Submit record book to county office
January 3 - April 30                        State judging and awards

Links to mandatory forms and guidelines:
Guidelines - explains details of the project
Contract - members sign and return this to the Extension office
Cloverbud (ages 5-8) Record Book
Junior (ages 9-13) Record Book
Senior (ages 14-19) Record Book

Helpful information:
4-H Enrollment Form
How to take a soil sample

Newsletters (a collection of short newsletters to help you add value to your experience):
          August 2013 (new plot help)
          October 2013 (plot plant identification; making a birdhouse)
          December 2013 (project evaluation; venison recipe; how to make animal track casts)