By Mark Kenyon

Just about two weeks ago, I got to spend the weekend in Iowa searching for shed antlers and enjoying some time with my huntin buddies. Unfortunately, I did not find a single shed (more on that later). But on the bright side, I did get to revisit the location where I killed my buck this past season (as seen above).

Walking back up to that tree, where four months earlier I had sat shaking in my boots after arrowing a beautiful Iowa 10 pointer, was a magical experience. The memories came rushing back, and I could hear, taste, see and feel the experience washing over me once again.

The 600 mile trip there and back was worth it, just for those few, brief moments. Like an old friend, the memory of a succesful deer story can come back to you at the most surprising of times, but when it arrives, it’s almost as if it had never left. Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

This weekend, if you’ve got an unpleasant task on your to-do list, have to go visit the dreaded in-laws, or have some other less than stellar plans, I’d encourage you to take moment, close your eyes and think back to that last special moment in the deer hunting woods. There are few things, in my opinion, that can make everything alright as quickly as that.

Have a great weekend, enjoy these terrific blog posts below from across the whitetail web, and stay Wired To Hunt!

Broadhead Sharpening Made Easy – Here are a few helpful tips on properly sharpening your broadheads. Now’s the time to do it!

There’s No Such Thing As A Perfect Deer Hunter – Deer & Deer Hunting: A great blog post discussing the highs and lows of hunting, and the reality that we all screw up sometimes. In the end though, thats ok.

Food Plot Venison Stew – Hunter Angler Gardener Cook: A really neat venison recipe. Inspired by food plot for deer, all the ingredients in this stew could be found in a whitetail food plot. Pretty awesome idea and it looks delicious too!

Establishing Whitetail Lines of Movement – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: Jeff Sturgis explains his concept of designing features on your hunting property to move deer in the direction you want on a consistent basis.

Grilled Venison with Buttery Bacon Cream Sauce – Food For Hunters: Another excellent looking venison recipe, this one using venison’s best friend – bacon!

Lead In Venison: Joe’s Checkup – Quality Deer Management Association Founder Joe Hamilton decided to test the idea that eating venison that had been harvested with a lead bullet could be dangerous. He ate venison 225 days out of a 365 day year and then got his blood lead levels tested. The results might surprise you!