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 ($15)

  • plant and maintain the food plot

  • observe and keep records for one full growing season

Before you begin, review all details at the state project website

August 24                                     Registration/Contract due
October 16                                    Deadline to plant
November-December                    Site visit from judge. Date to be determined with Extension Agent
Plant date through January 9, 2014        Observe, take pictures, keep records,have plot judged
January 22                                      Submit record book to county office
County Winners will be announced by the end of January.
Regional Winners will be announced by mid-February.
State Winners will be announced by the end of February.

Links to mandatory forms and guidelines:
Guidelines - explains details of the project
Contract - member signs and returns to 4-H 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
Throughout the project, participants and respective agents will be sent updates, newsletters and resources from the project headquarters.  These resources will be posted, as received, on this website, as well. Here is a collection of newsletters from 2013 that may help 2014 participants. 

          August 2014 (project overview, planting, and how to build an exclosure cage)

Archived Newsletters
          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)