4-H Members Compete In Wildlife Judging Events

The Senior team placed 1st in the contest and will compete at the state contest in June. Team members are congratulated by Dr. Craig Harper UT Wildlife Specialist (L to R) Dr. Harper, Jared Shepherd, Britta Gaetjens, Bailey Steger, and Kayla Mick

From press release:

Putnam County 4-H members continue to have success in wildlife judging with another triumph at the region contest. Preparing for this contest took a lot of time and effort on the part of the teams. Wildlife judging involves learning to recognize different animal species native to Tennessee, their habitat and foods they eat. Youth must also learn management practices to create and enhance habitat for those species. The contest involves identifying wildlife species, answering questions about the species and applying management options to a wildlife scenario. The region contest was held at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon. This year almost 75 youth from across middle Tennessee competed in the contest.

In the Junior division, Gunny Helton and Josiah Flowers completed as individuals. Josiah was 4th place and Gunny received 5th place. In the Jr. High division the team of Jake Nelson, Zainab Hasan, and Evey Burchett received 1st place. Zainab was the 1st place individual and Jake received 3rd place.

In the Senior division, the team of Britta Gaetjens, Kayla Mick, Bailey Steger, and Jared Shepherd placed 1st and will compete at the state competition in June. Britta was the 1st place individual, Bailey was 4th, Jared was 6th and Kayla received 10th place.

Wildlife Judging is open to all 4-H members in 4th – 12th grades. For more information on becoming involved in Wildlife judging or other 4-H programs contact the Putnam County 4-H Office at 526-4561.

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