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4-H wildlife judging team competes
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The DeKalb County 2013 4-H Wildlife Judging Team. From left, Derek Young, Wyatt Martin, Preston Cripps, Will Stephens, Caitlyn Lawrence, Justin Bass, Cody Goff, and Eli Oliver. - photo by Photo by April Martin
DeKalb County 4-H Wildlife Judging Team Members recently competed in the Central Region 4-H Wildlife Judging Team competition held at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. The senior team and the junior high team placed sixth in the regional event.Senior team members include Justin Bass, Preston Cripps, and Eli Oliver.Junior high team members include Will Stephens, Wyatt Martin, Cody Goff, Caitlyn Lawrence, and Derek Young.In wildlife judging, 4-H members learn to identify wildlife species, interpret wildlife habitat from aerial photographs and make recommendations for on-site wildlife management practices for landowners.Wildlife judging gives young people the opportunity to develop their decision making skills.The coaches for the team included TWRA officer Joe Fortner, Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Terry Martin, Co-op Crops Advisor Gilbert Martin, and Extension Agent April Martin.The University of Tennessee Extension offers several 4-H judging team opportunities throughout the year for 4-H members in grades six-12 to learn decision making skills.

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