That is a great buck. Iowa will always produce huge bucks if their gun season is short and takes place after the rut. It's funny to me that the bow was blurred. Unfortunately, the arrow shaft, vane, quiver, sight, etc sponsors are probably pissed. It's not their fault that their products weren't visible.
All that is wrong with hunting wrapped up in 1 edited photo. I’d rather see some guy on public land with forked horn in a plaid button down than the douchebaggery that we see every day on social media. #youreatoolifyouusehashtags
It's cool that he got a great buck but I've found over the past few years that I've become immune to seeing "hunting celeb's" success and it literally means nothing to me. Seeing the same thing, year in and year out, just diminishes any significance of the accomplishment....to me.
There are several podcasts out there with Lee I would recommend finding them and listening. When you listen to him speak I would guess most will gain some insight into who the guy is. He says on multiple occasions in interviews I have listened too if it was up to him the camera's would be gone, but also realizes that the cameras and sponsors have allowed him to live his dream and would guess the dream of many who frequent these pages. Listening to Lee talk he makes it pretty clear that he knows how to manage for big deer and has perfected it. Limited access, Iowa, Food, Protein, all key ingredients to do what he does, not for everyone that for sure but he had figured it out. Just wish I had an 80 that butted up to one of his farms!!
The man has put in the work for years, took his back ground as a chemical engineer and changed to managing and growing huge deer. Built his life and is reaping the rewards for it, the American dream right ? Congrats to him for a beautiful animal.
I wonder if they ever just get bored with it all? It was probably pretty fun when they just started building it all up but I would think that excitement has waned. Would be nice to see them getting kids out hunting or those with physical disabilities, women, whatever. Maybe they do now, I don't know. Haven't seen their show in years.
What little TV hunting I do watch these days is usually YouTube. I get much more excitement from the public land guys scratching out a book deer than watching the private land whitetail farm hunts.
I would imagine it would be a grind, every year you have to produce more than the years prior.
My wife and I met Tiff and Lee in Las Vegas....they wanted to talk just about anything other than hunting.
For those that have a little envy....it`s the ground and the area. I know a guy from Iowa that nobody has ever heard of, that in the last 10 years has not shot anything under 160". He had a lease and I thought that was it. Then it got sold and he started hunting urban areas and STILL kills 165 class deer. This guy needs to have an article written about him, he`s just an average Joe that kills big bucks every year.
It would seem consistently doing big things would make the feats more noteworthy not less. Consistency is normally valued as a sign of competency and predictable excellence and not a detriment that someone should be "dinged" for!!!
how does being good all the time become less of an accomplishment that being good occasionally. Only on the Bowsite.
"I would imagine it would be a grind, every year you have to produce more than the years prior. "
Concur with the being a grind thought. When I was growing up in Florida fishing all the time, I thought it would be cool to be a fishing guide. Looking back, glad I didn't do that. I'd imagine this hunting celeb thing gets old after a few years....travel, bookings, hunting, sponsors, sports shows, tv shows to produce, putting on the happy face, signing autographs...and then next year it starts all over again.
Nice buck. 52 yard shot, a lot can go wrong in 52 yards. Makes me wonder, how fast, how quiet, shooting lane clarity and what weather conditions? I'm not questioning his or his equipment's ability to shoot accurately at that distance at a stationary target. I just know deer are not stationary and deserve to be given the respect of the most humane and ethical shot placement when they are being taken.
Heck'a nice buck! Most of us will never see one that size but it's nice to have a dream. Saw a picture the other day of a trout the F&W biologists measured while electro-shocking a local river. Absolutely huge pig of a brown trout in a river best known for stocked rainbows and small brookies. And they've weighed bigger! You dream and then you rig up and get out there ;-)
I like it all, the average Joe on public ground as well as those that have found a way to make their dreams a reality. Whatever this couple is doing to have an opportunity to harvest specimens like that, a whole lot of other wildlife is benefitting from their activities as well. Congratulations, and keep up the good work!
I don't watch horn-porn anymore either but if a guy is doing it legally, what's wrong with buying land in the best area you can afford, then making it the best you can make it, then killing the best deer it will produce? Then repeating the process and raising the bar? I'd say that's exactly what most guys would do if they were smart enough to figure out a way to do it. Don't really understand the negative comments, unless this guy is really doing something underhanded that I don't know about. Seems like a hard working dude that made his dream come true. Made a lot of other guys dream come true too. Hey, I respect any guy killing a big deer on public, but I promise that same guy wishes he owned a few hundred acres of private next to Lee. And if he did, he'd be trying hard to make it the best he could make it too. But I also respect Lee's commitment to excellence and to always upping his game. But I guess haters gotta hate.
I guess congrats, one day I hope to have my own petting zoo that I can shoot big deer like that lol. He's very fortunate to have his private grown to grow big deer, but do any of you run out and buy anything that he and his wife sponsor? I guess the newbies do and they just aren't smart enough to understand the con.
".......do any of you run out and buy anything that he and his wife sponsor? I guess the newbies do and they just aren't smart enough to understand the con."
LB I would say yes people do buy some of the things they sponsor. Foolish as it may seem........... crap like.............. Mathews bows, sig sauer optics, rage broadheads, thermacells, block targets, Polaris ATVs, Hooeyman saws,
goes to show that uninformed starstruck sportsman will fall for anything. .................even those off-brands they hawk.
Frankly, I have genuine respect for Lee Lakosky. I hunt only public ground so it would be easy for me to a hater. Lot celeb bow hunters, who are not on TV but they definitely have an inside track but that’s ok because we all get what we put into the game. Haters will hate to minimize what others accomplish.
He is fortunate that he was blessed with the mentality to drive him to take those risk. I can see both sides. Some are jealous of others that do very well and others are just simply not interested in what they are putting out there. I am not interested because my ground is not in SE Iowa and will never produce like land that is. I would love to shoot a 7.5 year old on my own property though!!
Midwest, did I offend you using the word , "fortunate" lol you seem upset. Yes he is fortunate that he has the land to grow big deer and let them grow to 7.5 years old and be able to shoot them. Do you think lees and Tiffani's hunting prowess is comparable to some of the great hunters on this site? I have nothing against Lee, I have met him and he's a nice guy, but let's face it, having a heard of trophy class deer is not the norm no matter where you live. But if I offend you for my word choice I'll apologize.
You take away everything these guys use : trailcams, bait, food plots, sponsors, thousands of acres of exclusive private,... and they wouldn't kill a thing. That's why I watch guys that kill big animals on public like 'Stuck n'the Rut" and the ' Hunting Public.' They show how it's really done. Like Nick, I've become immune to these celebrity photos and I find it hard to acknowledge they achieved anything.
How many hunters live in Iowa and how many kill 200 inch bucks?
How many people quit their job a engineer and strike off on a whim. Some guys can’t their wives to cook supper nevertheless strike off and fully support that whim! If I am not mistaken Lee killed a boomer back in Minnesota long before he became a celebrity.
I am getting ready to go hunt a low deer density but huge trophy potential area for the next three weeks on public ground. I may see three to ten deer in a week and I may kill a big buck but I will not sit here and consider myself superior to Lee just because it was public ground. He does it his way and we do it our way. Each has their own merits.
So much envy. Kind of sad to read this. I don’t know them at all but they are living the dream.
BTW, I own property in NY and have zero mature bucks this year. I have sponsors, food plots, trail cams and exclusive control over my land. I doubt I’ll even see a 100” buck this season. Location is everything.
Congrats for Lee, he's doing it his way. Pat, you summed it up perfectly.....the best hunters have the best properties. Period. I like the Lee when he was in a no-name treestand, in the woods, over a trail/scrapeline. I think a lot of guys can relate to that Lee.....
Choices, plain and simple! I enjoy reading all the envy. Location is a big part of it. This is about the same story my brother and I and our wives went through. We hear the envy all the time from people now. We don't shoot 200" but 150-180's. We started buying our land in the mid 80's, we sold all we had, made payments on the down payments, worked all sorts of odd job on top of our regular work. Now in North central WI we have accumulated 790 huntable acres. Could care less what anyone thinks or says. Plenty was said about how stupid we were. We made choices, sacrificed a lot, now we have what we wanted and our Father wanted for us before his passing 6 months after we bought our biggest chunk. I am happy for Lee and Tiffany, they earned what they have and took the risks. Typical success story in America. Nothing should be given, earned.
From what I understand, which very well may be wrong, Lee made some money early in life and spent it on having the best place to deer hunt that he could. He could have spent it on whores and cocaine, but he didn’t. While I don’t watch their show, (or any others), you do not kill buck like that being a dumbass unless it’s in a SMALL pen.
When Randy Ulmer kills a monster muley every year he gets nothing but praise and respect, (from me also), so why should Lee Lakosky be any different ? It’s a helluva buck, one that I’ll never have the opportunity to even see, much less hunt, but if he likes what he’s doing, more power to him. Him killing that buck is comparable to me killing a 150 class buck where I hunt, so kudos to him for a really nice deer.
drycreek, you nailed it on the Randy Ulmer deal....
Easy for a tiny bit of jealousy to really blow up big. Its just human nature, honestly. But id bet the farm that any of the naysayers when in his shoes woulda made the same decisions Lee did if they thought they could hunt deer for a LIVING. Sure, it might not be certain ppl’s cup of tea but there is also some that flat out couldnt handle making it happen. So its easy to bang on a guy.
Congrats to Lee. Or anybody else that fills their buck tag fair chase with a bow this fall, 208” or 18”.....
I don’t care where your hunting, you don’t kill huge bucks yearly by being a slob with good luck. He obviously pays great attention to detail and works his arse off year round. When you throw Iowa in the equation It’s a perfect storm for monster bucks consistently. Congrats to him
I wish I could invite him to our area. See what kind of skill he really has. Shoot a doe on state land here is like shoot a trophy buck there. You can’t compare the 2. Like driving a Tesla vs a 86 Honda Accord
Agree nick. Food plots, corn fields, places that haven’t seen hunting pressure in 25 years. Pretty much it in a nutshell. But hey at least he shots a bow and not a xbow. I give him that! I’m not sure I believe the entire life story tho. Worked as an engineer, was probably doing pretty well up close to 6 figures. I’m sure he put money away in saving to live off of for few years. I’d put my life he didn’t just up n leave with 20$ in his pocket
Shooting mature bucks consistently like lee does is a skill, the lucky part is that this one had the genetics to score high. I’m always disappointed when I hear so many people complain about his hunting area, as if they wouldn’t hunt such an area if they could. They think the only way to prove how great you are is to hunt in the most difficult spot. That would only prove that you don’t know the top three things to look for in hunting land, location, location and location.
I think people are getting confused by what some people are saying. It’s a great buck, there are plenty of guys that kill giant bulls on private land every year as well. What bothers me is when you turn an animal into a money making commodity with blurred bows and # and @. Speaking personally I have zero envy of that deer or what it represents.
I'm happy for him, but I wouldn't want to live his life even if I could kill a 208 buck every year. Look at all the @ and # and it's apparent how many employers he has, masters to serve. And he has pressure to perform every year. And he has to listen to Tiffany's yapping and demands 365 days a year.
Personally, I took some deep career risks to become successful so I could hunt as much as I want - for myself- under my terms, with my own standards of "success". I have no envy of anyone because everyone has taken a different path, with different skill sets, under different life circumstances.
Lee did the same except he apparently likes the fame and notoriety (and opportunity) that comes with being a TV hunter. Good for him if that trips his trigger. Not for me, but if it makes him happy, thats great.
Midwest, if you don't think he has had some luck along the way then your not thinking straight. Some of the richest most successful individuals admit that they got lucky along the way. Doesn't mean it's all luck, hard. Work of course goes with it. I'm with nick on this, seeing big bucks in today's hunti g area a is no big deal, it is no longer a special deer. If you were to ask Lee himself, he would probably say that he had some luck along the way. Not sure why your so upset, you seem offended b the word fortunate.
Pat, you and alot of guys here are missing the point. The best properties make the “best” hunters. Lee has access to incredible property that CAN grow big bucks and he capitalizes on opportunity. The same reason you go to Kansas And Canada.....to kill a big buck that you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. And when you kill a big one, everyone goes WOW. Lee has invested tons of time, sweat and money to get the opportunity to kill bucks like this. And He profits mightily off this success. I’m happy for him and his family for what he can provide.
but look a the comments......it's crazy and degrading to read the judgemental views ...........all uninformed........... For example
they don't do enough to bring kids into the sport.
the deer did not have enough hardships in it's life to make him a challenge to hunt
they need to do more for physically limited hunters
he's holding the deer wrong
the shot was too long
the products he uses are inferred to be junk, or at least the people who buy them are uninformed and too easily influenced
the land makes the hunter
he's lucky (or fortunate depending on how you define the words)
he could not kill what you kill on your land, but you could on his
he should have taken a different photo
he's so consistent it's not interesting any more
we have comments on his wifes looks (including veiled references to breast size)
we have passed judgement on her personality and how she "nags" him
we have comments on his high pitched voice
we have decided he does not have fun hunting any more
small deer on public land are bigger accomplishments
their deer are like cattle
that is no better than a doe on state land somewhere else
But that one about the deer did not have enough hardships in it's life to make him a challenge to hunt is all time classic..................................
We now are passing judgement on the life experiences of the game we hunt. As if we know if he ever had to evade a coyote, get his leg out of a fence, survive an EHD midge encounter, dodge a bullet or arrow, miss getting hit by a truck on the road, run franticly from a combine picking corn when he was a fawn, blah blah blah, etc.
what the heck................... did someone have a go-pro camera strapped to this things head since birth and now we know how "hard a life" he has had and if that somehow lessens the challenge in hunting him.
I would bet Pat could tell us all about that new Matthews bow....
Anyway, Congrats to the Lakosky's...I wouldn't want their life. Although they hunt a lot and do well on big animals, most of the time when your turn your past time into your job, it takes most of the fun out of it. Cary on! Kip
Some of these comments are turning my stomach. Such jealousy from some guys. Fortunately, most understand that Lee and Tiffany got to this point with a lot of hard work, and certainly some luck along the way. Some are indifferent, and that's fine too.
Jaquomo made some interesting points. Now that Lee has taken such an amazing 208" whitetail now we have to wonder where will he go from here? His sponsors and fans will expect him to keep pushing for bigger and bigger deer. But how can he? Can he kill a bigger buck next year? What if he doesn't? Once you've climbed Mt Everest there isn't anything left to climb is there? Will he disappoint sponsors and fans if he doesn't kill a bigger buck next year?
There is no doubt that the pressures of satisfying such a long list of sponsors, producing television and podcast content, appearing at public events, signing autographs, and that goes with it gets old and wears on a person. I hope that Lee finds a way to continue to enjoy what he's doing.
I listened to a podcast with Lee where he talked about all the things that he does on his farms to help grow big deer. It was amazing the great lengths that he went to. At the time he was contemplating spraying a pesticide that would kill the midge that spreads EHD in deer. Lee is truly committed to growing big whitetails.
We hunters are a diverse group. Private land whitetail hunters seem to be the complete opposite of "adventure hunters". More and more hunters are seeking an adventure that takes them to new places to hunt new animals (mountain goat, moose, etc). There's nothing wrong with this since we all hunt for our own reasons.
lots of jealous envy here.....they do it right....many on here if they had the winning powerball ticket would do it exactly like Lee and Tiff...if they didnt it is because the wife said no.... great buck....id prefer a normal pic not the long arm
It is very disheartening to read this thread. It is clear that we hunters are our own worst enemy, tearing each other down due to envy and jealousy. Its pathetic honestly.
Lee and Tiffany have risked it all to follow their dream- to hunt huge whitetails each year. They have succeeded. The money, sweat and hard work that they have put into their land is clearly paying off. I think this is the third 200" buck that Lee has shot in the last 2 years. Any one of us would love to do that.
Lee and Tiffany hunt all over North America, hunting many different big game species, from sheep, Mountain goats, brown bear, moose, elk, mule deer, you get the picture. Not only has lee killed them, most of them are huge animals. You don't get his results by being a "lucky" hunter. He is a skilled hunter who would consistently kill large animals where ever he hunts, period.
Life deals us all a different set of cards and none of us walk the exact same path. Some people accept what hand is given to them and others refuse to settle and they decide to go out and make their dreams become reality. Its clear the Lee falls in the latter group. Many here believe they could do what Lee has done and maybe they could had they put it on the line to try to do it yet these same people have reasons/excuses why they cant. It really is a shame that instead of us being happy for a man who has worked hard to chase down his dream, we as a community are finding fault to criticize him due to jealousy.
Funny, a guy starts out as a plumbing apprentice and eventually ends up owning and running a successful business that pays him well. He loves to hunt and spends time and money to do it. He still has to work hard in between, but when he's on stand or hiking the mountains, it's all worth it.
A self made man enjoying the fruits of hard work.
A man we would all admire.
But maybe not if our own plumbing business wasn't going as well.
I never met them so can't say anything about that. No doubt alot of hard work to build the Lee & Tiff brand to where it is at now....congrats to them.
The following is my opinion of one aspect of how they got to where they did. Recall many years ago when hunting shows on TV were getting popular. There was one gal, Brenda Valentine, who was a featured hunter on one of the Outdoor Channel shows. She was a little older, a grandmother I think, and at that time unique as a lady hunter with a TV show. The hunting industry got business smart and looked for attractive, younger ladies who could hunt to appeal to the guys, sell the product and showcase women hunters. Along comes a slew of younger, attractive female hunters to TV and the hunting industry at just the right time to ride the wave....Tiffany, Gina, Nicole, Julie, etc. Not knocking any of them of course....just pointing out what I think helped these folks or their brand alot....the right time with the right looks. Brenda Valentine is still around but doesn't get the exposure she used to. She was one of the first lady celeb hunters I can think of. I liked her and her accent.
I agree with Pat on the comment regarding have the right land. I hunt 3N in NY. The odds of a P&Y are minimal, the odds of a B&C are probably literally 0%. Now, if I lived in WNY those odds are much higher. Does that mean Western NY hunters are "better than me"? I don't think so. Just because my 3.5 y/o only scores 87 inches, doesn't make it any less of a kill than a WNY guy who kills a 100" 2.5 y/o or 130" 3.5. So if I want to kill a giant, i will have to pay (landowner or guide) to give myself a chance at a biggie.
it seems some on here have the same belief system as Obama and his liberal cronies do/did ...."YOU didnt build that" ............. smh ......... again, Congrats to Lee/Tiff their deer and where they are in their life ....
I'm not a fan of any hunting show (or many tv shows in general) but I do know who most of the celebrity hunters are and wish them no ill will if they are doing it legally. Sure, I feel some may do more harm than good for the image of hunters but that can be said for any group...athletes, actors, politicians, you name it. Unfortunately once we see one we dislike or don't agree with we often lump them all together. It's America people, be thankful for what you have and if you don't like it, work harder and change it.
I’m not jealous I enjoy the challenge of hunting here in the northeast and trying to figure out the deer in big woods. I think owning my own farm and killing big deer every year would lose its luster after awhile ie the challenge and excitement of it. Kudos to Lee for making a living out of it.
I would be willing to bet that most here, given the opportunity to hunt Lee's farms, would not have the same results as Lee. Yes, you need the right property but that is not the entire formula, the guy is at a different level on whitetails. I also believe that Lee could hunt whitetails in the Northeast and still achieve above average results! I don't watch his shows and I'm not much into the celebrity hunter, but to think that anybody could hunt the same properties and have the consistency that he does on giant deer is ridiculous.
I'd give my left nut to kill big bucks for a living. Some of you guys, I'm ashamed to say, are so wrought with jealousy...not just of Lee, but of ANYONE that ever earned anything and made something of themselves...that you look like a bunch of whiny little ungrateful b!tches. Hard to believe you can even climb a fricking tree for fear of breaking a nail. Get over yourselves and go shoot some big deer of your own, then you can talk with some credence about what Lee is or isn't doing right! Just because the guy has a hunting show doesn't mean he doesn't do the work. And, I say this as a guy that really doesn't care for hunting shows much. But I do appreciate people that put forth effort regardless of their pursuits.
Second of all, I don't watch hunting shows anymore. They bore me to tears. My wife and I cancelled our satellite, we watch zero TV at all. We have been watching the Chiefs on the NFL app, or we go over to a relative's house. I have Netflix and Prime and all that jazz, but I rarely even watch it. I prefer to read at night, whenever I have a minute to actually sit down.
My ideal hunting shows would show animals, and the kill. There would be EXTREMELY limited talking. I don't really care for the background. I'm more about method, and the kill. Talk enough to tell me HOW you killed the animal, then show the animal.
If whitetail shows would show me exactly HOW they hunted, why they picked that stand, or why they put the food plot there, etc., I would be more into it. I want aerials and visuals.
Third, I agree with some others, this is why we don't have some prolific posters anymore. It's a shame, because I know they're hunting and killing. Some of them kill a LOT.
Fourth, I'll admit to being jealous of Lee's whitetail success. I'm jealous of many people on here. I'm jealous of Muche's Alaskan adventures and his ability to get it done consistently. I'm jealous of Hunt Man's prowess. I'm jealous of Pat's adventures. Jealous of Charlie's retirement and ability. I'm jealous of Midwest's physique :). And I REALLY want Brotsky's dog. Too many more to count :)
I try to use it constructively for myself. As the reality is that these people, including Lee, made decisions that enable their success. I made different decisions. And I'm completely at peace with those decisions.
Congrats to EVERYONE on their success.
Now all the lurkers post up their adventures for me to drool over!
I agree with Bake, I am not jealous of Lee but I am damn sure jealous of Nick lol. I can’t even stomach watching another show of a “hunter” in a box blind on a field with pet deer drives me nuts. Now I watch shows on YouTube like hunting the public, now that’s the real deal.
Everyone having fun yet? Time to wake Kia up from her nap to try to kill a mule deer. We got close this morning, saw about 200 elk, and had 3 big whitetail bucks blow our stalk on a great mule deer. You know, do some important shit. Shit Lee is probably doing.
PS...Bake, Buck is at home in his kennel today just waiting for someone to take him bird hunting! :-)
Love him or hate him, he consistently gets the job done. You have to do lots of little things right to do what he does....and he obviously is. Things always seem to come together for them, and you can't give luck all the credit. They are executing.
I kinda like watching their arrows fly. Like spinning darts. Among the many other things he is doing right, the guy can obviously set up a bow.
Great deer. I'm happy or him. But, there is no way I would invest the time, money, and commitment to do what he does for Whitetail deer. It is his thing. His desire. His life's investment and work. I don't have the mental discipline to be that dedicated for a white tail buck of any size. Even if I had the means and money to do it. However, he has a mental edge and desire for killing big deer that most here couldn't match even if they had the opportunity to do so. He is not only driven to do it but, good enough to accomplish it so regularly, I expect him to kill monster deer yearly. But, I in no way envy him. He has way too many bosses and not enough time to hunt the things I'd love to hunt regularly. Anyways, congrats to him.
I'm sure he does. I've seen him on elk hunting shows. I've got a friend that shared an elk camp with him and Tiffany as well. All I'm trying to say, as well as a few others, is that he has done very well at what he prioritizes. Which is growing and killing Big whitetail bucks. And, I couldn't do that.
It was a compliment. Not a statement of error to be corrected on.
I'm happy for him and I think he's a stand up guy but....I get more entertainment out of reading this thread than I get watching him or any other big land owner in Iowa shoot this years "monster" buck.
It’s his passion. Let him have at it, it’s not your life. Seems to me he’s doing exactly what he wants to do, and good for him and her. As long as it doesn’t effect you or yours, it really shouldn’t matter to you. As far as the jealously on this thread, we’ll, sadly, I’ve come to expect no less.
This thread is a great example of the Bowsite evolution over the years.............while the informational value has plummeted the entertainment value has skyrocketed. It's a very good trade off as people can get information everywhere, but entertainment is tougher to come by.
"Bou'bound" ...... Grant I always enjoy reading your comments! You are 'spot on' on this topic too. I myself would NOT want the Lakosky's lifestyle ..... but for them I am happy. People have no clue of the hard work and dedication they have to endure daily to maintain their 'status'! The 'pressure' to 'produce' almost on a daily basis is very demanding. (As for T V Shows I myself like "Beyond the Hunt" and that married couples personalities better!) ..... Nice Mature Big Buck Lee ..... CONGRATS!
However, I stopped watching their TV show because their kitchen is SO outdated...with their kind of coin, you'd think they would spend some of it on nice quartz countertops....and the tin siding???!! Sheesh...
I'm all for a good romp with Embry myself, since you guys went there....you see that guy recently!! Insert happy face, heart eye emoji here....