4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project

The new SC 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project is a spin-off of the old SC 4-H FACE Project (Food And Cover Establishment for Wildlife) that had been around for nearly 35 years. This year, SC 4-H welcomes project sponsor QDMA: Quality Deer Management Association on board. QDMA will be providing the project seed and awards. Together, we plan to make this new food plot project, targeted towards fall wildlife species, an even bigger success than its predecessor.

Mission

     The purpose of the 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project is to educate the youth of South Carolina on the proper techniques of food plot establishment to the benefit of game animals and other wildlife species. The program also teaches many of the life skills that are the core of 4-H, such as responsibility, leadership, record keeping, creativity, and becoming stewards of the land.

Project

    In addition to preparing, planting, maintaining, and observing a wildlife food plot, participants will be required to upkeep and return a project record book. There are 3 record books based on age divisions: Cloverbuds (ages 5-8), Juniors (ages 9-13), and Seniors (ages 14-19). Each book is broken down into sections based on project timing and topic: preparing, planting, maintaining, and observing. Youth will also be required to keep up with financial incomes and expenditures, write a short project story, record precipitation records, sketch a map of the plot, collect plot samples such as feathers and/or pictures of tracks, and document the project in photos.

    While this project provides the opportunity for youth to hunt over the food plot, it is certainly not a requirement. We realize that the goal of some youth is to harvest an animal, while the goal of others is simply to enjoy the wildlife in their natural surroundings.

Assessment

    Youth should expect at least one site visit from their Extension Agent or someone on their behalf. Visits will be scheduled by your Agent.The score sheet from this visit and the record book will both be used in judging the food plot. The top Junior and Senior from each county will move on to the regional level. The top Junior and Senior in each region will be awarded and then will move on to the state level. The top Junior and Senior at the state level will be declared winners. Awards will be sponsored by QDMA.

     SC 4-H and QDMA wish everyone the best of luck with their food plot. Should you have any questions throughout the season please do not hesitate to contact your local Extension Agent.

    ( Forms and documents for this project are provided below.)

Project Timeline:

  • Friday, August 15              Deadline to register for the contest
  • Wednesday, October 1       Deadline to plant food plot
  • November-December         Site visit from judge, date determined by local Extension Agent
  • Friday, January 9               Record books due to local County Extension Office
  • County winners                  Announced by the end of January
  • Regional winners                Announced by mid-February
  • State winners                     Announced by the end of February

Mail completed registration form to: York County Extension Office, 120 North Congress St., York, SC 29745 or fisreal@clemson.edu