By Mark Kenyon

Happy 4th of July weekend! While I’m sure most of you have big plans for the next couple days, make sure to find a little time to check out the deer hunting reading we’ve collected for you below. As usual, we’ve rounded up the best deer hunting blog posts from across the web this week, and there’s a lot of great material.

That said, enjoy the holiday, get reading and stay wired to hunt!

Scouting Tips: 3 Online Mapping Tools Every Deer Hunter Should Be Using – Outdoor Life: My latest for Outdoor Life details three online mapping tools that I use and that I’d recommend all deer hunters get to know.

Three Underrated Venison Cuts to Cook on the Fourth of July – The Wild Chef: Great venison ideas for the 4th!

The Benefits Of Eating Tag Soup – Bowhunting.com: A little silver lining for those who didn’t fill their tags or for those who might not this coming season.

I’m Not A Hunter – Sitka Insight: A letter from a non-hunter, well worth a read.

Establish Mineral Sites Now for Better Scouting – Big Buck Zone: Get those minerals out!

Make Sure You Aren’t The Reason Your Bucks Are Camera Shy – Scentlok Blog: Great trail camera advice from John Eberhart

Waterholes: The Best Way to Attract Deer? – Deer & Deer Hunting: Insight into how waterholes might be your best deer attractant

The Secret To Big Bucks: Age – Realtree.com: A fascinating photo gallery showcasing four different deer, shown at four different ages each. It’s amazing what a little age can do.

Ghost Buck Hunting Tactics – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: Jeff Sturgis gives us his best tips for killing those “ghost bucks” we all struggle to get in our sights

The Hunting Beast Podcast Episode #2 – Deer Sign with Dan Infalt: The latest podcast from Dan Infalt looks like a good one!

Episode 12 – The Meateater Podcast w/ environmental historian Randall Williams: In the latest Meateater Podcast Steven Rinella and co. talk about how hunters have identified over the course of 50 years in relation to one another and to the non hunting public,  the historic emergence of anti-hunting groups, the semantics of the words conservationist and environmentalist and much more.