would like to nominate Tiffany Lakosky for Featured Woman Bowhunter.
After meeting Tiffany, I quickly realized that she is passionate about
her sport and wants to share it with others. Tiffany offers
encouragement with a smile to other women who are interested in
bowhunting. She is just the type of role model the world of bowhunting
needs". ~Lisa Metheny, Pro Staff WomenHunters
Lakosky is a name that most people in the bowhunting world have heard
of. If not, you will before the year is over. Don’t let her petite
stature or her pretty face and friendly smile distract you. While
Tiffany may only stand 5’2", she proves that size really does not
matter much. Tiffany has harvested more trophies than most men twice
her size, and has the mounts on the wall and the kills on film to prove
that she knows what she is doing.
a child Tiffany enjoyed fishing with her father but was not introduced
to archery or bowhunting until after she started dating her husband
Lee. She started bowhunting six short years ago and has made a name for
herself in those few short years. Tiffany got her start in archery with
the help of Lee. Lee worked at a local archery shop and simply asked
the question "would you like to try shooting a bow?" Her answer was an
interested YES! Tiffany like a lot of women had a shorter draw length
and therefore a bow had to be special ordered for her. Waiting the six
or seven weeks required for the bow to arrive, was difficult for
Tiffany but the wait was worth it. Tiffany took to shooting the bow
like a duck takes to water. Soon it was time for the next step and that
step was hunting. Again, along with Lee’s guidance Tiffany was
introduced to the sport of bowhunting. Tiffany successfully harvested a
buck her first day out. She was instantly hooked, Tiffany credits her
early success and enjoyment of archery to Lee of course and also
acknowledges that she was fortunate to be surrounded and taught by some
of Minnesota’s best shooters. Getting started on the right foot with
the proper fitting equipment is an important factor to someone’s
success. Tiffany feels that with the right equipment and practice and
confidence you can do just about anything. She proved that by shooting
a buck last year at forty-one yards.
greatest enjoyment comes from simply sharing the love of bowhunting and
the outdoors with her new husband. "Spending time with Lee, is the
greatest reward, we get to do everything together and are seldom apart"
says Tiffany. As an airline attendant Tiffany travel all over the
United States, but Iowa is now called home. Together they devote almost
all of their time to preparing food plots, hanging stands, shed hunting
and filming and hunting together in addition to preparing for their new
for her first two bucks killed, all of her harvests have been caught on
film. One of her favorite hunting memories is the one when Tiffany and
her best girlfriend Kandi Kisky shot a big buck on the Kisky farm.
Tiffany tells the story that her and Lee where coming down from Kansas
and hadn’t’ seen anything all week. Their good friends Don and Kandi
Kisky had already tagged out. So Kandi and Tiffany decided to go out
hunting together while the guys went another direction. A monster of a
buck came in and presented Tiffany with a shot. She took it and the
buck went down within a few yards. It was the first time that Tiffany
had not hunted with Lee. This is maybe the first time in history that
one woman has filmed another woman harvesting a buck on film. Needless
to say, leave it to the girls to have some fun and prove that they can
do anything that boys can do. This was Tiffany’s largest deer to date,
the incredible 175 inch drop tine buck. Together the two women captured
one of the most awesome hunts on film to date and this hunt with be on
Whitetail Extreme 5, as well as be on her upcoming television show
"Getting Close with Lee and Tiffany."
of the most difficult things in hunting for Tiffany is finding
equipment and gear to fit. Finding clothing, boots and equipment that
fits and is the same quality that male hunters wear or use is certainly
a challenge for Tiffany and hundreds of other women who hunt. But she
can also see that their have been improvements in the last few years
and hopefully improvements will continue, for example Scent Lok ® one
of the sponsors of the show is coming out with a woman’s line of
and husband Lee have an exciting show coming out the third quarter
called "Gettin Close with Lee and Tiffany" on the Outdoor channel. The
show will take a closer look at what all it takes to get closer to the
game we are all in pursuit of. Such as planting food plots, hanging
stands and of course covering your scent, all while focusing on this
great bowhunting couple.
date Tiffany has harvested four bears and ten bucks with seven of those
bucks meeting Pope and Young requirements all these with her bow.
Tiffany also enjoys other types of hunting and has harvested a moose
and a couple of caribou with her muzzleloader along with several
turkeys. Tiffany’s one major goal she hopes to achieve this season is
to take her first turkey with a bow.
feels that is important to promote a positive image for other women
that are interested in hunting and especially in bowhunting. Tiffany’s
message to other women is simple: "You can do it; you will mess up, but
don’t give up. If it is something you enjoy, keep at it. Find equipment
that fits you and go for it."
doubt, Tiffany Lakosky is just scratching the surface of the world of
bowhunting. It is certain that there are many exciting moments ahead
for both her and Lee in the woods. Lucky for all of us, with the start
of their new show we get to go along and share in her successes. Look
for Tiffany and Lee this season on the Outdoor Channel’s newest show
"Getting Close with Lee and Tiffany."
*Reprinted from WomenBowhunters