By Mark Kenyon

Happy Friday!

We’re getting close folks. Spring is just on the horizon, and that means we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. Shed hunting, spring scouting, stand preparation, habitat projects … a lot is going to be happening very soon. I got a head start last weekend, as I was out scouting, and one thing I came upon were the hinge cuts I did last year. As you can see in the above photo, these trees I cut partially over remained alive and continued to grow new shoots. It was exciting to see that these cuts worked out, and I know they will continue to provide a lot of great bedding cover this coming summer. Hinge cutting is one of the projects I’ll be continuing this year, but there’s plenty of other things I’m planning in addition for 2014. If you don’t already have your spring projects planned – nows the time to do it. What you sow in the spring is what you’ll reap in the fall.

In the meantime, today on the Friday Morning Mashup we’ve got some great whitetail related reads from all over the web. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Where Did the Big Bucks Go? – Bill Winke shares some concern over the lack of “big bucks” at the Iowa Deer Classic last weekend, and explains why he thinks the number and quality of bucks in Iowa has suffered recently.

Hard-Water Scouting: Find Hidden Big-Buck Sanctuaries Now – Whitetail 365: Some smart tips for scouting in these final days and weeks of cold temperatures, while utilizing ice to access big buck hideaways.

Live Blog: QDMA North American Whitetail Summit – Big Buck Zone: The Outdoor Life team has got some great coverage of this weeks North American Whitetail Summit.

10 Venison Recipes For Dinner Tonight – If you need some creative new venison recipes that are a little unique compared to your usual grilled backstrap, check these out!

Mark Owen’s Ohio Buck: 256-Inch Buckeye Bruiser – North American Whitetail: Here’s your big buck fix for the day, the story of the 256″ giant from Ohio that was killed last season.