By Mark Kenyon

Today is the day.

In just a matter of hours I’ll be on my southern Ohio property watching over a bean field and holding two SD cards packed with 3.5 months worth of trail camera photos. And I CAN NOT WAIT.

Still, I’m trying to be mildly productive in the meantime, and so I was still able to force myself to concentrate long enough to get our Friday Morning Mashup completed. So take a look below at our round-up of the best hunting blog posts from across the web this week. And stay tuned to Wired To Hunt’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts this weekend for updates from my scouting trip and the much awaited trail camera pull!

3 Steps to Free Hunting Permission on 1,250 Acres in Iowa – My latest for Outdoor Life covers the process I went through to gaining access on 1250 acres in Iowa to hunt this fall!

Locate the Best Acorns for Early-Season Bucks – Field & Stream: A great early season tip.

4 Lessons Learned After Switching to Mature Bucks – Outdoor Life: Another of my articles for Outdoor Life, this piece explores four of the biggest lessons I learned after deciding to exclusively target mature bucks.

The Best Game Camera Tips for Great Deer Photos – Deer & Deer Hunting: Steve Bartylla offers some helpful trail camera advice in this short video.

Licking Branch Lingo – Winchester World of Whitetails: Licking branches and why they’re important to deer and hunters.

5 Ground Rules for Ground-Hunting Bucks – The Game Changers: Some really interesting ground hunting tactics.

Strategies for Preseason Scent Control – OutdoorHub: Scent control is important even before hunting season begins.

Venison Burgers – Highs and Lows – Winchester World of Whitetails: An awesome venison burger recipe.

Why Has the Federal Government Cut Funding for Chronic Wasting Disease Research? – Big Buck Zone:  A deeper look into why funding for CWD research has been declining rapidly.

5 Questions To Ask Before Opening Day – Be sure to think through these questions before your season opens.

Top 10 Trail Cam Strategies – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: Jeff Sturgis highlights 10 great trail camera ideas.