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Lee & Tiffany Lakosky

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Southeast, Iowa

Current residence

HUNTING

To say Lee & Tiffany Lakosky are ambitious would be an understatement. Back in 2003, the newly married couple — Tiffany, a flight attendant, and Lee, a chemical engineer — decided to leave their home state of Minnesota and set up shop in the big buck mecca of southeast Iowa. They were determined to make their way as land managers and become known as world­-class whitetail hunters. Over a decade later, they’ve reached those goals and then some. With their two labs and son, Cameron, Lee and Tiffany host one of hunting’s most­ watched TV shows and are considered the first couple of Midwest whitetails.

Lee and Tiffany Lakosky

Lee & Tiffany

Lakosky

CONVERSATION WITH OUR HERO INTERVIEW

QUESTION:
What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you go hunting?
ANSWER:
The minute our heads leave the pillow in the morning, we’re thinking about deer. What projects are left to finish up that we’ve already started, and if there aren’t any, what projects do we need to start. Number one concern: are the deer happy and healthy on our farms and what can we do to improve that. That means first and foremost, do they have the right food sources available for all times of the year. Of course that means food plots but it also includes timber stand improvement for mast crops, hinge cutting to create cover, and open up the canopy to give them more and better bedding cover, and finally, planting fruit trees to give them even more food options. Then we’re thinking about flies, ticks, mosquitoes, and gnat control to keep the deer as stress-free and comfortable as possible, it’s a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job. During hunting season, we get up in the morning thinking about a specific deer that Tiffany or I am hunting and how and where are we going to get him within bow range.
QUESTION:
If you could do anything better, what would it be?
ANSWER:
It would be everything. We want to be better Christians, better mothers and fathers, better sons and daughters. Be better runners, shooters, hunters, farmers, deer managers, time managers, and the list goes on and on. No matter how good you are at anything there is always room for improvement. (Tiffany wishes she had a better sense of direction, and I agree!)
QUESTION:
Who are you heroes?
ANSWER:
Lee: Definitely my mom, my dad, and my grandpa who all introduced me to the outdoors from the time I was born. They taught me from an early age to enjoy and respect the outdoors; hunting and fishing were a way of life for me growing up. As I got older, I looked up to my favorite authors in my favorite hunting magazines like Greg Miller, Bill Winke, and Jim Shockey. Tiffany: My heroes are my husband, Lee, and my mother, Linda Profant. Lee introduced me to hunting, and both make me be a better person every day!
QUESTION:
If there is any love­-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?
ANSWER:
We are so blessed to do what we do every day. We work together, hunt together, raise our son together, and basically spend every day with each other. When we first started this job, we never said no to anything. We did every appearance, went to every show, fall classic, deer classic, sportsman show, etc. We went on the road hunting anything and everything that had an open season. We got used to always being on the go, but as we bought more and more land and had our baby boy, Cameron, the work that needed to be done and the time we needed at home increased along with it. Now it’s a constant struggle trying to find enough here and still keep our busy schedule.
QUESTION:
What sound or noise do you love?
ANSWER:
Our son Cameron’s laugh. Buggling elk. Gobbling turkeys.
QUESTION:
What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?
ANSWER:
Lee: Chemical engineer since that’s what I was doing before this job! Tiffany: I was a flight attendant but now with Cameron, I have a more important job! So, stay-at-home mom!
QUESTION:
If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?
ANSWER:
Lee: My mother who I lost 17 years ago. Even though she was not a hunter, she was so supportive of it and knew it was my true passion. Tiffany: My dad, Gary, who died 22 years ago. While he was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he never hunted. He would definitely be a hunter today if he was still alive!

Lee & Tiffany

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Lee & Tiffany
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Lee and Tiffany Lakosky
To say Lee & Tiffany Lakosky are ambitious would be an understatement. Back in 2003, the newly married couple — Tiffany, a flight attendant, and Lee, a chemical engineer — decided to leave their home state of Minnesota and set up shop in the big buck mecca of southeast Iowa. They were determined to make their way as land managers and become known as world­-class whitetail hunters. Over a decade later, they’ve reached those goals and then some. With their two labs and son, Cameron, Lee and Tiffany host one of hunting’s most­ watched TV shows and are considered the first couple of Midwest whitetails.

Q:

What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you go hunting?

A:

The minute our heads leave the pillow in the morning, we’re thinking about deer. What projects are left to finish up that we’ve already started, and if there aren’t any, what projects do we need to start. Number one concern: are the deer happy and healthy on our farms and what can we do to improve that. That means first and foremost, do they have the right food sources available for all times of the year. Of course that means food plots but it also includes timber stand improvement for mast crops, hinge cutting to create cover, and open up the canopy to give them more and better bedding cover, and finally, planting fruit trees to give them even more food options. Then we’re thinking about flies, ticks, mosquitoes, and gnat control to keep the deer as stress-free and comfortable as possible, it’s a 24/7, 365-day-a-year job. During hunting season, we get up in the morning thinking about a specific deer that Tiffany or I am hunting and how and where are we going to get him within bow range.

Q:

If you could do anything better, what would it be?

A:

It would be everything. We want to be better Christians, better mothers and fathers, better sons and daughters. Be better runners, shooters, hunters, farmers, deer managers, time managers, and the list goes on and on. No matter how good you are at anything there is always room for improvement. (Tiffany wishes she had a better sense of direction, and I agree!)

Q:

Who are you heroes?

A:

Lee: Definitely my mom, my dad, and my grandpa who all introduced me to the outdoors from the time I was born. They taught me from an early age to enjoy and respect the outdoors; hunting and fishing were a way of life for me growing up. As I got older, I looked up to my favorite authors in my favorite hunting magazines like Greg Miller, Bill Winke, and Jim Shockey.

Tiffany: My heroes are my husband, Lee, and my mother, Linda Profant. Lee introduced me to hunting, and both make me be a better person every day!

Q:

If there is any love­-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?

A:

We are so blessed to do what we do every day. We work together, hunt together, raise our son together, and basically spend every day with each other. When we first started this job, we never said no to anything. We did every appearance, went to every show, fall classic, deer classic, sportsman show, etc. We went on the road hunting anything and everything that had an open season. We got used to always being on the go, but as we bought more and more land and had our baby boy, Cameron, the work that needed to be done and the time we needed at home increased along with it. Now it’s a constant struggle trying to find enough here and still keep our busy schedule.

Q:

What sound or noise do you love?

A:

Our son Cameron’s laugh.
Buggling elk.
Gobbling turkeys.

Q:

What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you are currently doing?

A:

Lee: Chemical engineer since that’s what I was doing before this job!
Tiffany: I was a flight attendant but now with Cameron, I have a more important job! So, stay-at-home mom!

Q:

If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?

A:

Lee: My mother who I lost 17 years ago. Even though she was not a hunter, she was so supportive of it and knew it was my true passion.
Tiffany: My dad, Gary, who died 22 years ago. While he was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he never hunted. He would definitely be a hunter today if he was still alive!

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