While food plots are certainly a part of their management strategy, improving the overall habitat to create a well rounded property is a high priority for them. Lee says that grass is just as important as timber when it comes to cover. When it’s cold deer lay in the tall grass where they feel like they are in cover, but can still get the full sun. Lee and Tiffany use prescribed burning as a tool, annually, to improve those grass stands. They also use Timber Stand Management (TSI) to improve the wooded areas of their properties. By thinning out trees and canopies to allow more sun to get through, hinging trees to create more cover, and dense brush, and eliminating problem species they can create a more wildlife and hunter friendly stand. Weeds are the nemesis of any farmer or food plot manager and a fairly mild winter in the Midwest means that weeds and vegetation will be coming on soon, if they haven’t already. Lee says aggressive treatment of weeds from the start can make things a little easier later on.
“The work you do now is so important for what takes place during hunting season. It’s not like you blow the dust off your bow October 1st and go sit out in the stand and expect to see great deer.” – Lee Lakoksy
They’ll also discuss Lee’s giant Kodiak brown bear that is pending as #5 in the world and why he chose to go with an outfitter that let him have a true archery experience without a mandatory follow up shot. Then Tiffany will discuss the women’s movement across the country and why those women don’t speak for her. As a standout in the industry, Tiffany says that women definitely have a place here. She encourages other women to use their skills and prove themselves as legitimate outdoors women.
“There’s more women out there now doing great things that were never there when I started hunting. I think it’s awesome. If you can prove yourself as an outdoor person, I’m not going to say huntress or hunter, you’ve got to be able to back up your game. If so, I think there is definitely a place for you out there.”
Listen to The Revolution for the full 3-part interview as Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, hosts of Crush with Lee & Tiffany on Outdoor Channel join Jim and Trav to talk about habitat management and more!