By Mark Kenyon:

Happy Friday Nation! We’ve made it through another week, big velvet bucks are hitting the ag fields, and hunting season is ever so slowly getting closer. Life is good!

If you’re dealing with a heat wave similar to that which we have in Michigan, I’ve got a recommendation for you this weekend. Get a cold beverage and find the nearest lake, pond, river, ocean or puddle! If you’re not able to do that though, the next best thing would be to stay in the AC and catch up on some whitetail reading. While I can’t hook you up with a cold beer and an ocean view, I can at least make the whitetail reading part happen.

So with that said, check out the great blog posts below from across the web. Enjoy and stay wired to hunt!

Whitetail Hunting: How to Keep Weeds Out of Your Fall Food Plots – Big Buck Zone: W2H contributor Craig Dougherty shares some important reminders regarding the handling of weeds for your fall food plots.

Patterning a Buck Starts With Trail Cam Photos – Whitetail 365: Trail camera pictures can begin your process of patterning a buck for this fall. Make sure you cameras are out!

Preparing For A Camera Survey – Growing Deer TV Blog: Speaking of cameras, Dr. Grant Woods is prepping for his annual trail camera survey of his local whitetail population. In this article he discusses just how he does that.

2013 Broadhead of Choice | The New Muzzy Trocar Review – RusticMan.com: I’ve been the market for a new fixed blade broadhead to take out west for my first elk hunt, and the new Muzzy Trocar was one that I’ve been interested in. W2H contributor Aaron Farley confirms that it’s a great option in this post.

Whitetail Travel Corridor Creations – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: Jeff Sturgis shares some really interesting insight into how he’s made serious habitat improvements for one of his clients recently by creating bedding areas, travel corridors and much more.

American Cayko – Whitetails Inc: Our friends over at Whitetails Inc have released another great webisode, this time featuring the hunts of North Dakota native, Lucas Cayko.