By Mark Kenyon

Happy Friday AND Earth Day!

Yes, today is Earth Day and I think we hunters should be just as excited by a day like this as anyone else. On a day celebrating the big wild orb we call home and created as a reminder to better care for our planet, I can’t think of any better stewards for that message than hunters. We hunters understand and appreciate the value of a healthy earth and wildlife more than almost anyone else, and many of us do more to protect these places than most as well, whether through our wallets, time, or energy.

So this Earth Day and in the days to follow, I’d simply challenge you to continue stepping up to the plate. Let’s remind the world of who the original conservationists were and lets show with our actions that we hunters still carry that mantle today.

And now, as we do every Friday, here’s our round-up of the best hunting blog posts from across the web this week!

How You Can Improve Your Accuracy by Adding a Wrist Sling to Your Hunting Bow – The Game Changers: Quick way to improve your accuracy with a bow.

Start Small To Own The Hunting Property of Your Dreams – Whitetail Properties: A deeper dive into some of the topics that Dan Perez shared on his recent interview on the Wired To Hunt Podcast.

Shed Hunting Dogs: 4 Training Drills to Turn Your Retriever into an Antler Finder – Field & Stream: Prep your dog for the 2017 shed hunting season.

Public Lands, Fish, and Wildlife Get a Jolt from the Senate Energy Bill – TRCP.org: Great news for sportsman, wild places and wildlife this past week.

Sound Smarter Than Your Hunting Buddies: Learn These 2 Key Biology Terms – Outdoor Life: Do yourself a favor and read this to up your wildlife biology vocabulary just a bit.

Is a Food Plot the Same as Baiting? – Midwest Whitetail: Bill Winke answers a commonly posed question about food plots.

How to Make the Best Bow Shot to Kill a Deer – Deer & Deer Hunting: The behind the scenes factors that impact whether or not you can pull of a successful shot on a deer with your bow.

Best Kill Plot Shape – Whitetail Habitat Solutions: If you’re planting a food plot for hunting, you might want to consider this food plot shape advice.

Mental Toughness, Are You Truly Ready for the Hunt? – GoHunt.com: Some great advice regarding the importance of mental fortitude on mountain hunts, but it can apply to any hunt really.

Defrost Leftover Venison to Cook Fresh Springtime Ragu – Field & Stream: Yum.