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 #06-30 February 6, 2006

Statewide wildlife habitat contest winners announced

Winners were recently announced for the 2005 4-H FACE (Food and Cover Establishment) for Wildlife program, which teaches students the fundamentals of wildlife management.

Miles Nix from Pineland earned the title of state winner in the 5-8-year-old category and was awarded $100 by the Low Country Chapter of Quail Unlimited. The 9-13-year-old winner was Joshua Mason, also of Pineland, who was awarded a $100 check by the Low Country Chapter of Quail Unlimited. Ben Thomson of Sharon claimed the title of state champion in the 14-19-year-old age group. Ben received a check for $100 from the Pointsetter Chapter of Quail Unlimited and a $500 scholarship from Rick Willey, 4-H natural resource specialist with the Clemson University Extension Service.

The 4-H FACE for Wildlife program is open to all youths between ages 5 and 19. For more information, contact the DNR Small Game Project at (803) 734-3609 or a local Clemson Cooperative Extension Service office.

The 4-H FACE for Wildlife program, now in its 25th year, provides a unique learning experience for youth that is designed to teach the principles of wildlife management through the planting of wildlife food plots and observing conditions and events surrounding their project. Sponsored jointly by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and Quail Unlimited, the 4-H FACE for Wildlife program had a total of 155 4-H’ers sign up in 2005, representing 25 of the state’s 46 counties.

“The program requires dedication from the participants, especially considering that the majority of the program takes place when the contestants are on summer break from school,” said Jay Butfiloski, DNR wildlife biologist and state coordinator of the FACE program.

“In addition to benefiting wildlife, we feel that the 4-H FACE program is a valuable learning experience for the participants,” Butfiloski said. “The students in the 4-H FACE program get to experience proper wildlife management techniques, which benefit small game and other wildlife species. In addition, they learn the importance of making detailed observations and keeping records of their work. In an increasingly urbanized society, the 4-H FACE program is an invaluable tool in teaching youth respect for wildlife and the environment.”

Each youth in the 4-H FACE contest is provided with instructions, a sample record book, and a 5-pound bag of seed. The 4-H’ers are responsible for preparing and planting their wildlife food plots, and are required to keep a record of their plot’s growth and wildlife visitation. The wildlife food plot and record book are then judged at the end of the growing season by state DNR biologists and technicians. Contestants are not eligible for awards without preparing a record book. Contestants can elect to complete a condensed record sheet detailing brief information about their plots. Record sheet participants are not judged, but do receive a certificate for participating.

“While there are always many good plots entered into the 4-H FACE Contest,” said Clemson Extension’s Rick Willey, “the winners are always determined by the quality of the record books and the commitment of the participant throughout the entire contest. The amount of hard work and dedication shown by the participants’ record books this year was exceptional. Extension agents and 4-H volunteers deserve a great deal of credit for recruiting youth for this program and providing instruction on record book preparation.”

State and county awards were presented in age categories 5-8, 9-13 and 14-19. Quail Unlimited distributed a total of $635 in cash awards and trophies to state winners and subscriptions to Quail Unlimited magazine for county winners in the upper age category. South Carolina Wildlife magazine subscriptions are awarded to county winners in the lower age groups. All contestants completing the program receive a certificate of participation.

In the age 5-8 division, state 4-H FACE winners received $100 checks from their local Quail Unlimited chapters, second-place winners received $50 and the third place winner received $25. All county winners in the division received a year’s subscription to South Carolina Wildlife magazine. The winners were: Miles Nix (1st), William Babb (2nd) Tyler Dorr (3rd). County winners included:

In the 9-13 division, state 4-H FACE winners received $100 checks from their local Quail Unlimited chapters, second-place winners received $50 and the third place winner received $25. All county winners in the division received a year’s subscription to South Carolina Wildlife magazine. The winners were: Joshua Mason (1st), Kristen Dorr (2nd), Sarkis Zubian (3rd). County winners included:

In the age 14-19 division, state 4-H FACE winners received $100 checks from their local Quail Unlimited chapters, second-place winners received $50 and the third place winner received $25. All county winners in the division received a year’s subscription to South Carolina Wildlife magazine. The winners were: Ben Thomson (1st), Scott Truett (2nd). County winners included:


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