4-H Wildlife Programs

4-H Wildlife Programs

Arkansas 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program

2020 Programs

  • Wildlife Habitat Education Program Practice Session - Learn about the contest through guided practices and various activities at this all-day event on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at the Arkansas C.A. Vines 4-H Center. Register by February 1.

  • Wildlife Field Day – To Be Determined, but probably on a Saturday morning in late March or early April.

  • Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) State Contest – The state contest will be held Friday, April 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the Arkadelphia area. NEW FOR 2020: we will be using an automated scoring system where participants will fill in circles on a scorecard. The scorecards provided in the handbook are for practice purposes.

  • Wildlife Food Plot Project – The deadline for enrolling in this program is July 1, but you can start planning and preparing your food plot at any time. Details are available on the food plot website.

WHEP Study Guide (Handbook)

  • The WHEP Study Guide for Southeast Mixed Forest and Outer Coastal Plain  can be downloaded and printed free of charge. The study guide can be downloaded and/or printed by activity under the tab listed below.

  • The WHEP Study Guide can be ordered through the UA Cooperative Extension Service's Print Shop. Order by contacting your County Extension Office. The county office will send a request form to the Print Shop. Costs vary from year to year depending on the number of pages. Typically the cost for a black and white copy is about $10 and a color copy is about $36. Contact your County Extension Office for exact pricing.

Wildlife Food Plot Project

The 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project provides an opportunity for Arkansas Junior and Senior 4-Hers to demonstrate their skills with preparing, establishing, maintaining and observing a small wildlife food plot using provided seed for the purpose of food and cover establishment for wildlife. This project applies STEM through hands-on activities.

This Food Plot Project is intended to introduce youth to ecology concepts and habitat practices for wildlife. Food plots are only a small part of a comprehensive wildlife habitat plan. Other practices such as establishing native plants, thinning forests, prescribed burning, building brush piles, and controlling invasive plants and animals are examples of additional practices.

For the 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project, participants submit written, photo, and video evidence demonstrating knowledge gained and field activities.  All Junior and Senior 4-H members ages 9 to 19 are eligible. 

Who: Junior and Senior 4-H members ages 9 to 19 years

What: Preparing, establishing, maintaining and observing a food plot using provided seed for the purpose of food and cover establishment for wildlife.

When: Deadline to register is July 1. Youth are encouraged to start project activities (e.g., identify site, collect soil samples, apply soil amendments) months prior to registration deadline. Deadline for submitting food plot project books and videos to county offices is March 1. Submit to county office prior to deadline for review and obtaining county signatures.  Counties submit project book and video to the state office no later than March 5.

Where: This is a statewide program.  Youth can prepare a food plot for judging in any county within Arkansas.

Why: Apply science (plants, soils, wildlife management), technology (video production and trail cameras), engineering (constructing an exclosure cage), and mathematics (calculate area, soil amendment rates) in a hands-on learning activity; and learn field ecology and wildlife management concepts.

How: Contact your local County Extension Agent for more information or to register for the contest. For a registration fee of $25, youth receive enough seed to establish approximately 1/8 acre (5,445 square feet) food plot and a year’s membership to the Quality Deer Management Association’s (QDMA’s) Rack Pack youth program.

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