By Mark Kenyon

For the first time this year, here in Southern Michigan, it finally feels like spring. We’ve had a few days in the 50s, the snow is gone, and rain has been pitter pattering on the roof. Needless to say, I’m excited and I’m already dreaming of lush green fields full of deer.  Of course though, that means there is lots of work to be done!

Over the coming days and weeks I’ll be diving head first into habitat work, scouting and stand prep, and I hope you get a chance to do the same. Until then though, we’ve got some great whitetail blog posts to get you through your Friday. Enjoy and stay wired to hunt!

Deer Hunting Tip: Cut Your Shooting Lanes Now – Whitetail 365: Now’s a great time to get working on projects like trimming shooting lanes, and this article has a few good tips.

Is it Time to Better Regulate Captive Deer Operations? – Big Buck Zone: A recent investigative report from the IndyStar has shown a bright spotlight on captive deer breeding and high fence hunting. I’m disgusted by the whole thing, and in this article Andrew discusses possible changes to the captive deer industry.

The Best Deer Sheds of the Year – North American Whitetail: If you’re a sucker for big antlers, you might want to check out these great shed pics!

Learn How To Hinge-Cut – Brow Tines and Backstrap: Here’s a really helpful video on how to get started hinge cutting. A truly great way to improve cover and bedding habitat for whitetails.

You Must Try These Jamaican Venison Kebabs With a Jerk Kick – Deer & Deer Hunting: Yum. This looks like a dang good option for dinner.

Dan Ashe Q&A: The USFWS Director On Wolves, The Future of Hunting, and Open Country – Open Country: A terrific conversation between my friend Tony Hansen, and the Director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.