By Mark Kenyon

Happy Friday folks. It’s a good day to be alive, as we’re one day closer to hunting season and that first cool October 1 sit over a nice green food plot (I hope!), and I’m already dreaming of what that day might look like. Can’t. Wait.

But, back to reality. As we do on every such Friday, we’ve rounded up the best hunting related blog posts from across the web this week and listed them below. So take a look and enjoy your weekend!

Are Spring Food Plot Plantings Right For You? – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: Is a spring food plot planting always necessary? Jeff Sturgis says maybe, but maybe not.

Shed Hunting: Don’t Pressure Winter-Stressed Deer – Big Buck Zone: While most of us are already wrapping up our shed hunting, this is still a good reminder for the future.

Simple Tips When Buying A Used Bow – Petersen’s Bowhunting: If you’re looking to get into a new bow at a more reasonable price, this advice might help.

Public Lands Symbolize Freedom in a Troubled World – TRCP: “America’s public lands stand ever-ready to provide a needed dose of freedom to her people. They are places to reconnect the dots of life that have grown increasingly scattered. To lay aside, if only for a short time, our crowded lives”

5 Cheap Ways To Improve Your Hunting Land – Antler Geeks: More on-a-budget advice for improving your deer habitat.

How to Make Whole-Muscle Wild Game Jerky with a Dehydrator – The Cast Iron Chef: Venison jerky. It’s good.

Does Predator Control Really Work? The Science Behind Hunting Coyotes and Other Predators to Protect Game Animals – Outdoor Life: Is predator control always the best solution to a lower-than-desired deer or other game animal population? Maybe not.

Wild Game Recipe: Italian Short Ribs – Petersen’s Hunting: Here’s another wild game recipe bound to make you hungry.

Yeti Presents – 3rd & Goal: A pretty cool short film exploring how former NFL receiver Jordan Shipley found his calling again, post football, in the presence of wildlife.