South Carolina 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project

The Wildlife Food Plot Project is a hands-on environmental education program and an independent-study project that allows youth (ages 5-18) an opportunity to establish, maintain, and observe a wildlife food plot. Youth learn concepts of wildlife conservation, plant identification, and habitat management and have the opportunity to put that knowledge into practice.  We thank our sponsors, Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) and Wannamaker Wildlife, for their support of this project! If you would like to register for this project at your local Extension office, complete the 2018 Wildlife Food Plot Project Contract (PDF 0.1MB) and return it with with payment.

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Youth will:

  • Set goals and plan activities and strategies to achieve those outcomes, even in the face of challenges.

  • Reflect on their yearly work by documenting their skill development and learning experiences.

  • Give back to their communities through educational and service activities.

  • Learn valuable skills in record keeping, financial management, and communication.

  • Become good stewards of the environment and gain technical expertise that can promote beneficial practices.

Age Divisions:  Each youth will receive a copy of an age-appropriate project record book, as well as seed to plant a food plot. Ages for each age division (described below) are calculated as of January 1, 2019.  For example, a youth that turns 5 years old on January 1, 2019 is eligible to participate as a Cloverbud; whereas a youth that turns 19 years old on January 1, 2019 is too old to compete as a Senior. 

  • Cloverbud*, 5-8 years of age

  • Junior, 9-13 years of age

  • Senior, 14-18 years of age

*Cloverbuds are a non-competitive division. The purpose is to provide a fun and educational experience that helps children to learn life skills, explore their interests, learn subject matter skills, build self-confidence through healthy experiences, prepare for competitive events, and have fun!  For more information on the Cloverbud experience, see the 4-H Leader Training Series, 4-H Cloverbuds:  4-H for Younger Members (PDF 0.6MB).

Rules: 

  • Guidelines (PDF 0.1MB) 
  • All participants must be current South Carolina 4-H members for the 2018-2019 club year.  (4-H enrollment information and payment can be made after project registration, but should be completed before picking up plot seed.)
  • Youth must prepare, plant, maintain, and observe a wildlife food plot using the project seed provided.  
  • To be eligible for awards, youth must:
    • complete 4-H enrollment with their local 4-H Agent,
    • return a project evaluation with their record book submission (All responses will remain anonymous and youth may indicate that they choose not to participate in the survey if desired.),
    • and not have been a state winner in the same age division in the 2017-2018 project year. 

Project (runs September 2018 - January 2019)

  • Friday, August 10th: Your registration and payment must be received by 4-H. Register online or register in-person (PDF 0.1MB).

  • Project materials should be available for pick up at your local Extension office by September 21, 2018.

  • Thursday, November 1st:  Your seed should be planted in your food plot. 
  • Food plot site judging should be conducted in January 2019, coordinated by your local Extension office. 
  • Friday, January 25th: Your record book is due to your local Extension office. 
  • Look for winners to be announced: 
    • County - mid-February
    • Region - late February - early March
    • State - no later than mid-March 2019

2018-2019 Project Record Books

Youth will receive one copy of the 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project record book from their local Extension office.  Make sure you have the most up-to-date and appropriate age-division record book (linked below).  Additional copies of the record books can be printed from this website. Only ONE record book can be submitted for each participant at the end of the project.

To learn more about what content is expected in a 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project Record Book, check out our judging criteria (PDF 0.1MB) document. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What does this project involve?
    Youth will be supplied with a record book, food plot seed (for about 1/8 of an acre) provided by Wannamaker Wildlife, a membership to QDMA Rack Pack, and newsletter that will help them with the project. Youth will be responsible for preparing, planting, maintaining, and observing a wildlife food plot and documenting their efforts in their record book. Record books have been specifically designed for each age division. At the end of the project, youth will submit their record book for judging at the county level. County-winning record books in the Junior and Senior age divisions will advance to the regional- and state-level for judging.
  • Do 4-H'ers have to own the land where the food plot is planted to participate in this project?
    No, youth do not have to own the land where the food plot is located or any associated tool or equipment used to participate in this project.  They will need permission and access to those resources (not supplied by the project). Youth need to be responsible for managing a food plot and recording their efforts (setting goals, making decisions, learning, etc.).
  • What does a 4-H'er need to participate in this project?
    Youth need access to an area to plant a wildlife food plot, a method to complete a 4-H record book (hand-written entries are encouraged), and willingness to grow and learn. There are many additional items, such as a rain gauge, exclosure cage, and a digital camera for documenting wildlife sign, that are recommended, but not required. Contact your local County Extension Office if you need assistance accessing resources.
  • What if we don't know anything about food plots, can we still enroll in this project?
    YES!!! This project is designed to be a learning experience and provide flexible opportunities to engage in connecting to nature and managing a wildlife food plot. Wildlife Food Plantings by Clemson Professor Dr. Greg Yarrow is a great overview of planting food plots. Your County Extension Office should also serve as a good resource for you.
Information for Agents

Wildlife Food Plot Project

Regional & State Winners

2017-2018 Project Year
Junior
Upstate Baylor Caldwell Abbeville County
Midlands Dianna Moore Newberry County State Winner!!!
Pee Dee  Barnes McConnell Clarendon County
Savannah Valley Tyler West Orangeburg County
Senior
Upstate Kensey Wilson Oconee County
Midlands Wyatt Hallman Lexington County State Winner!!!
Pee Dee - -
Savannah Valley - -
2016-2017 Project Year
Junior
Upstate Brylee Drennan McCormick County
Midlands Wilson Oxner Lexington County State Winner!!!
Pee Dee  Billy Godwin Williamsburg County
Savannah Valley Tyler West Orangeburg County
Senior
Upstate Chase Land Oconee County State Winner!!!
Midlands Gabe Bobo Lancaster County
Pee Dee - -
Savannah Valley - -
2015-2016 Project Year
Junior
Upstate  Carson Wilson Abbeville County
Midlands Nicholas Stalford York County State Winner!!!
Pee Dee Dylan Elmore Lee County
Savannah Valley Reed Gunter Orangeburg County
Senior
Upstate  Myles Hutton Pickens County State Winner!!!
Midlands Nathan Stalford York County
Pee Dee - -
Savannah Valley - -
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