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South Carolina 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project

Welcome to the South Carolina 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project!

This 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. 

2017-2018 Project

Registration is CLOSED.  Look for next year's registration in the summer of 2018 (deadline will be Friday, August 10, 2018.)


  • Open to all South Carolina youth
  • There are 3 age divisions:  (ALL ages are calculated as of January 1, 2018)
    • Cloverbud, 5-8 years of age*
    • Junior, 9-13 years of age
    • Senior, 14-18 years of age
  • To be eligible for awards, you must complete your 4-H enrollment with your local 4-H Agent and a project evaluation must be returned with the record book submission.  (All responses will remain anonymous and youth may indicate that they choose not to participate in the survey if desired.) 
  • Previous state 4-H project winners are not eligible for awards in the same age division again, but we welcome their participation in the project! 

*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). 


  • Registration deadline - Friday, August 4, 2017
  • Planting deadline - Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • Food plot site-judging conducted in January
  • Record books due - Friday, January 26, 2018
  • County winners will be announced mid-February
  • Regional winners will be announced late February to early March
  • State winners will be announced no later than mid-March

Project Materials  

Have you ever wondered what the judges look for when reviewing your 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project record book?!  For the first time, we are making our scoring criteria (PDF 0.3MB) available to you!!!

Project forms and documents:

Helpful Links:


Youth should expect at least one site visit from the Extension Agent or someone on their behalf.  This visit will be for judging purposes and the participant is encouraged to be present.  Visits will be scheduled by the Agent.  The score sheet from this site visit, in addition to the completed record book, will be used in judging these projects on the county level.  The top individual Junior and top Senior record books from each county will be sent to the regional level for judging.  From there, top individual Junior and top Senior will progress to the state level, where one Junior and one Senior will be chosen as state-level winners.  Awards given to regional and state winners are sponsored by Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA).  

South Carolina 4-H wishes everyone the best of luck during this year's season!  Should you have any questions throughout this project, please do not hesitate to contact your local County Extension Office.

For Agents overseeing this project in each county:

The entire project registration fee from this project is put directly back into the project and used to secure South Carolina 4-H and QDMA Rack Pack memberships.  All funds should be paid using the online registration.  All registrations need to be submitted online prior to the registration deadline, August 4, 2017.  For registration questions, please contact Steve Hucks at

Throughout the project, all project participants and respective agents will be sent newsletters and other project updates and resources. These resources can be found on this website as well.

Agents with participating youth are asked to schedule and facilitate the judging site visit. This should be done prior to January 26, 2018.

Upon completion of this project, agents with participating youth are responsible for getting the record books judged on the county level. Agents are responsible for submitting ALL project evaluations and winning junior and senior books from each county, as well as the score sheets, completed electronically, from the county level.  County winners will move on to the regional level where they will be judged by the SC 4-H Natural Resources Committee or judges on their behalf.  Winning junior and senior record books on the regional level will move on to the state level for judging. Please utilize FNR Agents or other natural resource professionals for help with judging if need be. Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) will supply the awards on the regional and state-level winners. County Agents are responsible for awards on the county level.

Wildlife Food Plot Project - Regional & State Winners

2016-2017 Project Year
Upstate Brylee Drennan McCormick County
Midlands Wilson Oxner Lexington County State Winner!!!
Pee Dee  Billy Godwin Williamsburg County
Savannah Valley Tyler West Orangeburg County
Upstate Chase Land Oconee County State Winner!!!
Midlands Gabe Bobo Lancaster County
Pee Dee - -
Savannah Valley - -
2015-2016 Project Year
Upstate  Carson Wilson Abbeville County
Midlands Nicholas Stalford York County State Winner!!!
Pee Dee Dylan Elmore Lee County
Savannah Valley Reed Gunter Orangeburg County
Upstate  Myles Hutton Pickens County State Winner!!!
Midlands Nathan Stalford York County
Pee Dee - -
Savannah Valley - -