By Mark Kenyon

I have a confession to make. This weekend, the biggest thing on my mind isn’t hunting or deer. I know. I know. That’s weird. But this weekend, it’s true.

As some of you know, I’m a serious fan of my alma mater Michigan State University (come on now, don’t hold it against me!), and this weekend we’re competing in the Final Four! To say I’m excited is a ridiculous understatement and admittedly it’s got me a little distracted. That said, I know a lot of you don’t share my interest in Coach Izzo and the Green & White – so I’ll shut up now about that and get to the important stuff. Our Friday Morning Mashup! As usual, we’ve rounded up the top hunting related blog posts from across the web in one place for your reading pleasure.

So enjoy the articles, have a great weekend, and Go Green! Sorry, I just had to.

5 Tips for Planning a Big Buck Trip on a Budget – Outdoor Life: A recent piece I wrote for Outdoor Life highlighting five easy ways to cut your costs for a big buck out-of-state hunting trip.

How To Create a Mineral Site for Deer – Antler Geeks: A quick video from our friends at Antler Geeks, detailing how to create a good mineral site.

Hang Em High – Winchester World of Whitetails: Some quick, smart tips from Scott Bestul on how to safely hang treestands/sticks.

Senate: This Land Isn’t Your Land – The Conservationist: Another important reminder regarding the importance of making sure our public lands don’t get sold off.

Elk Carne Asada with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa – The Wild Chef: This looks like one hella good recipe, and I’m sure you good substitute some of your whitetail venison in.

We Hunt – Does That Make Us Strange? – 365 Whitetail: Great reflection on the nature of why we hunt and how it’s simply natural.

Who Owns That Deer? – Brow Tines and Backstrap: Interesting look at a recent proposal in Kansas that seems counter to the North American Model of Conservation.

How To Minimize Winter Kill – Big Buck Zone: Good to know for next winter.