Deer Quest 2016
Featured Guests: Lee & Tiffany Lakosky, Grant Woods
It's Deer Quest 2016 this week on The Revolution with Jim and Trav presented by Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network. Joining us for an exclusive look at whitetail and mule deer hunting, in a one-of-a-kind three-part interview, will be Lee & Tiffany Lakosky of Crush with Lee & Tiffany seen on Outdoor Channel and Dr. Grant woods from Growing Deer TV. The Lakosky's and Dr. Woods are the premiere authority when it comes to deer and land management and their combined proven ability to outsmart and bag behemoth bucks is second to none - period. So we'll tap into their infinite knowledge of all things deer and deer hunting and get the nitty-gritty for how-to's on patterning whitetails and mule deer, plus in the field analysis on determining what is and isn't a shooter, targeting specific food sources, improving your long distance game and avoiding common rookie mistakes in your setup and blind.
Grab a pen and some paper, it’s time to take notes. Lee and Tiffany Lakosky of Crush with Lee & Tiffany on Outdoor Channel are on The Revolution, and in an extended interview they’re dishing October deer hunting advice. There is a reason the Lakosky’s are at the forefront of the hunting industry; their knowledge of whitetail and land management is unprecedented and is proven by their ability to tag incredible bucks season after season.
Tune in as the Lakosky’s dive right in and tackle the myth of the “October Lull”. While many hunters feel like the deer disappear as soon as hunting seasons open, Lee says he believes it’s all about food sources. Many hunters watch deer over food plots and the opening of deer seasons, many times, corresponds with the die off of those crops. Lee says you have to be mindful of the changing food sources and look instead to food sources that are producing acorns, clover and even winter wheat. They’ll then turn their attention to hunting pressure. Lee and Tiffany believe in conditioning the deer on their property to human presence year round, so when hunting seasons come the deer aren’t as leery of people and scent. However, they caution against over hunting a stand, saying if you have hunted it 3 or 4 days in a row it may be time to get out and let it settle down. When it comes to closing the deal and taking the shot, Lee and Tiffany both say practicing at longer distances can make you a better shooter. The Lakosky’s regularly practice out to 100+ yards and believe that shooting strictly from short distances can be deceiving. The margin of error on a shot at a close distance and one at a longer distance can mean the difference between a bullseye and a bad hit, or a miss altogether. Lee says this kind of practice has paid off as he has taken a Dall sheep at 88 yards and another sheep at 130 yards. As the interview comes to a close, Lee and Tiffany will offer their perspective on success. While many people see the tremendous bucks they take year after year, few think about the work it requires to manage their land for that kind of success. Tiffany says they bust their butts on an everyday basis, working on the farm, and that there truly is no “off-season". However, she adds, “We’ve created something that we absolutely love.” Lee is tireless in his pursuit of land and deer management and offers this, “It’s a mentality – I never take a day off no matter what. Part of it is because it’s your job, but mostly because it’s in my heart. I can’t stand going a day during hunting season when I’m not out hunting.”
Don’t miss a fantastic interview with industry leaders Lee and Tiffany Lakosky.
Dr. Grant Woods is a wildlife biologist specializing in deer management and research. He is the driving force behind GrowingDeer.tv, an online mecca for those seeking out information on deer hunting and deer management.
Tune in as Grant joins The Revolution and begins with food plot strategies. Grant says that electric fencing can be a valuable tool for those who hunt over food plots. When you have small food plots or those that are located in opportune locations, Grant says unrestricted summer feeding can decimate the food plot before the hunting season ever opens. To preserve these prime spots, he says a two-part electric fence is effective at keeping deer out when you don’t want them there. The fence allows the forage to grow unbrowsed, and in turn when you are ready to hunt you can remove the fence and reap the benefits of hunting over a plentiful food source. Dr. Woods will then turn his attention to the requirements needed to make his fall hit list. Grant explains why his requirements change based on the area he is hunting. Generally, when hunting public ground where there is significant pressure, he says that any 2 to 3-year-old buck is a real trophy. However, when it comes to well-managed and private land he follows the land owner’s objective. In his case, he prefers to allow deer to age to at least 4 ½ years old, a point at which bucks have expressed about 92% of their antler potential. In contrast, he says a 3-year-old has generally only expressed 75% of its antler potential, which could mean the difference in a 150-inch buck this year and a 180-inch buck if given another year to grow. Finally, Grant discusses why your ground blind may be spooking off deer and has a quick fix to remedy the situation. Tune if for great advice from a respected expert, Dr. Grant Woods.