By Mark Kenyon

How’s the hunting going? With many of us finally getting into the woods over the last week or so, there have been some serious big buck stories floating around via text, email, Facebook and Twitter, and I just love it. That said, I’m ready to make a big buck story of my own. So far my hunting has been relatively slow, lots of does and small bucks, but no big boys yet. If you didn’t hear yet, you can get the full scoop on my season so far on the most recent episode of The Wired To Hunt Podcast.

All that said, I imagine a lot of you are itching to get in the woods this weekend. To get you through these final hours until then, we’ve collected an absolute wealth of whitetail blog posts and articles from across the web for your reading pleasure. Enjoy and good luck hunting this weekend!

5 Scent Control Blunders To Avoid – Outdoor Life: My latest article for Outdoor Life explores a few often forgotten scent control mistakes that you don’t want to make this weekend.

How To Save Your Season – Antler Geeks: A great piece from my friend Tony Hansen of Antler Geeks, as he describes his plans for hunting the rest of October given the fact he has no sightings or trailcam photos of mature bucks on his properties. I can relate!

Opening Weekend Bomb – The Nine Finger Chronicles: My co-host on The Wired To Hunt Podcast shares the ups and downs of his opening weekend hunts.

How to Find Rut Action Right Now – Field & Stream: Some really great tips from Scott Bestul on how to find hot action during early to mid-October

Mature Buck or Note: When To Take The Shot – Winchester World of Whitetails: A helpful video on quick visual cues that can help you identify a mature buck in a hurry.

Are Whitetail Herds Bouncing Back From EHD? – Whitetail 365: Some updates on the status of EHD across the country and how whitetails were affected this year

How to Choose A Stand Using the 3 Factor Process – Outdoor Life: Another recent piece I put together for Outdoor Life explores my thought process for choosing stand sites. I never want to hunt a stand “just because”, and this article examines my simple rule for ensuring that doesn’t happen.

What Every Hunter Needs to Know about Whitetail Travel Habits – OutdoorHub: Some great insight into deer travel habits from Bernie Barringer.

Five Ways To Use Leftover Backstrap – The Wild Chef: Some great idea for using some of that backstrap left over from dinner last night.

Busted: Five Things You Don’t Know About Deer Senses – Realtree.com: Some great insights on whitetail senses from Mike Hanback.

The James Jordan Buck Turns 100 – North American Whitetail: A really interesting profile on one of the most famous bucks of all time.

Stalking Whitetails Among The Stalks – 365 Whitetail: Stalking corn fields can be a great option on windy days, and Randy Hynes explains how to pull it off in this article.

Small Parcel Mature Buck Myths – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: Jeff Sturgis shares his take on two popular hunting tactics for small parcels that he claims are myth.

Big Bucks Falling to Patient Hunters–and Weather Watchers – The Rut Reporters: Scott Bestul summarizes reports from across the country on whitetail behavior so far this October.

Rules of the Rut 2.0 – Wired To Hunt: If you haven’t checked it out yet, we launched a new series of eBooks and podcasts this week, devoted 100% to hunting the rut. Contributors to these eBooks and podcasts include many of the writers mentioned above, like Scott Bestul, Jeff Sturgis, Bernie Barringer, Randy Hynes, and many more.