UNION COUNTY — What is more fun than going hunting on the first day of deer season? If you ask Jake Tucker — a local 4-H’er who participated in the 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Contest — he just may tell you it is planting a wildlife food plot and watching deer and other native wildlife enjoy the fruits of his labor.
Jake was one of nine Union County 4-H’ers who participated in the state project for the 2013-2014 year.
The 4-H Wildlife Foot Plot Contest — sponsored this year by Clemson Extension, 4-H, and the QDMA Rack Pack — requires participants to prepare, sow, maintain, and observe a one-eighth- to one-quarter-acre food plot.
Each participant received a five-pound bag of seed to plant in their food plot. They were required to keep an ongoing record book of their project, including planting dates, rainfall amounts, temperature, growth data, maps, and wildlife sitings. Each plot was judged in late 2013, and participants turned in their record books on Jan. 10, 2014. Winner’s scores were based on a combined score of their actual food plot and their record book.
Jake won first place for the project in Union County, and his record book was submitted to the state for further judging. On the state level, Jake won first place in the 4-H Junior Division for the Foothills Region.
“We are so proud of Jake’s efforts in planting and maintaining his wildlife food plot,” said Anne Brock, County Extension Agent. “He placed an outdoor camera at his food plot and caught some great pictures of deer grazing. Both his food plot and his record book reflected his hard work and dedication to the project.”
Jake received a QDMA Rack Pack backpack filled with prizes that would delight any outdoorsman. He will also receive a county award at the annual 4-H Awards Program this November.
Other county winners, who will also receive prizes at our local 4-H Awards Program, include second-place county winner John Martin, and third-place county winner Nathan Smith.