State 4-H wildlife judging

BY: Ricky R. Mathenia, County Director


State 4-H wildlife judging

McNairy County 4-H’ers (L to R) Preston Shackelford, Rachel Mullins, James Kiser, Bryce Moore, Dylan Riggs, Heather McCormick and Paige Wiles traveled to Reelfoot Lake to compete in the 2011 Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Championship held June 15 and 16. T

McNairy County 4-H had two wildlife teams qualify for the 2011 Tennessee 4-H Wildlife Championship held June 15 and 16 at Reelfoot Lake. The team comprised of James Kiser, Bryce Moore, Dylan Riggs and Preston Shackelford finished second in the competition. The team made up of Heather McCormick, Rachel Mullins and Paige Wiles placed fourth in a competition where the twelve top 4-H Wildlife Teams from across the state come together to compete for the 4-H State Wildlife Championship. 

McNairy County 4-H’er Bryce Moore was the high scoring individual of this year’s contest, while James Kiser was recognized as placing fourth in individual scoring. While at Reelfoot the 4-H’ers enjoyed a boat tour of the lake and canoeing during the contest. The 4-H competition included wildlife identification, wildlife concept quiz, use of wildlife management practices, written wildlife management plan and an oral defense of their decisions related to wildlife management. The 4-H Wildlife Teams are always looking for new members who enjoy wildlife and learning to manage wildlife populations. This activity is open to all eligible persons on an equal opportunity basis. Any 4-H’er who would like to join the group should contact the McNairy County UT Extension office at 645-3598 or talk to any of the current 4-H Wildlife Team members.