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Mike Lutt's Incredible Season of Nine P&Y

by Brenda Potts 25. February 2011 13:27
Brenda Potts

It is not unusual for a person who hunts for a living to kill nine animals with a bow in one season. It is great deal harder for the guy who works two jobs and can only hunt on weekends or vacations. Being self employed does help, as in the case of Mike Lutt, a taxidermist in the fall and winter, and landscaper in spring in summer. During the 2010 hunting season Mike tagged nine animals, all of which qualify for the Pope and Young record book.

"During a normal year I usually shoot 3 to 4 animals," said Mike. "But with the kids out of the house and an employee who stays behind to take care of the animals coming in to the taxidermy shop, I was able to spend more time hunting this past year."

It started with antelope in the early season. Mike got permission to hunt on some private property in Wyoming. The landowner, Jay Butler has since decided to start an outfitting business and Mike helped him book 20 clients for his new Antelope Outfitters.

In late August he shot a mule deer, still in velvet, on public land in Colorado. It was the second day of the season and he was spot and stalking mule deer coming off private land onto public land. He watched the buck for a couple of days, and was able to sneak up on the bedded buck and make the shot.

Mike shot another antelope, this time using a decoy, while hunting in South Dakota. The buck was in a wide open area of a wheat stubble field. Mike laughs at how they all hid behind a single decoy. "We had a guy who was 6 foot 4 inches tall holding the decoy, a cameraman that was 6 foot 2 inches, and me, all behind this decoy." But the ploy worked and it was all captured on film, as were most of the hunts for the season.

A 33 inch wide hard antlered mule deer was the next buck to wear Mike's tag. He was hunting on private property owned by a friend in South Dakota, in September.  On the first attempt as spot and stalking the buck in a sunflower field, he missed the buck at 20 yards. This did not discourage the hunter.  He kept after the buck and finally shot him 4 days later in the same field.
While hunting another buck in Nebraska that same month, Mike spotted him in velvet . He was hunting on an Indian reservation. Although it was private property you still had to draw the tag for the area. Circumstances did not allow Mike to take a shot until a few days later when he found that same buck, now hard antlered, feeding on acorns. The Hoyt Alpha Max performed as expected and another P&Y was added to the list.

In November, Mike headed to Iowa with a buck decoy. He set up near a spot where a big 160 class buck traveled a fence. The spot where the buck normally jumped the fence was near a scrape and an alfalfa field.  Everything worked as planned and the big buck presented a 4-yard shot. Needless to say, another buck went down.
In late November Mike was in his home state of Nebraska , cold calling for rutting bucks. He rattled in 2 bucks from 80 yards away. The bucks circled each other, but soon left. Mike quickly grunted and brought the buck back within range. The only problem was the buck came in head on to 5 yards. "He saw me and we stared at each other for 5 minutes. I know it was at least 5 minutes because my video camera shuts off automatically after 5 minutes of no activity. The buck turned toward the other buck that was also returning and offered me a good shot." Mike took the shot.

Buck number 8 came from a walk-in property in northern Kansas. "It was 2 degrees," Mike recalled.  "I had the decoy out and saw a buck chasing a doe. I think the doe saw the decoy first. She came closer, then a 150 inch 4x4 crossed the creek and gave me a 5 yard shot.

Mike finished the season on his own property in Nebraska. The year before he had passed on a nice buck that he rattled in. In early December he had another chance at him. "I grunted at him and he stood still for 5 to 10 minutes before finally making his way to 20 yards."  Once again, Mike connected on his trophy.

Most of his hunts from last fall can be seen in the Great Plains Edition of Bill Winke's television show. After the hunting season Mike goes to work in his taxidermy business, mounting about 100 deer between January and April. Then he switches gears and directs 25 employees in his landscaping business until late summer. When fall returns, Mike will be back in the field filming, hunting and working hard for another great season.








Hefner and the BackYard Buck!

by Brenda Potts 19. February 2011 15:06
Brenda Potts

During the peak of the rut my field producer, Melissa Bachman, and I were after a buck we named Heffner (he seemed to always have a girlfriend nearby). Melissa was running the video camera and we were filming for SHE's Beyond the Lodge.

We were bowhunting a 100 acre lease not far from my house in central Illinois, prime big buck country. Heffner was one smart buck. The first time we spotted him he was well hidden in CRP grass and refused to take a step into the open as he surveyed the area for several minutes. Try keeping your act together with a 170 class buck less than 60 yards away from the food plot where your decoy is patiently waiting to lure a shooter into range. Heffner took a different route that did not bring him in range of my tree stand.

On my second encounter, Heffner wanted no part of the Bucky Jr. decoy and neither did his current love interest. The doe passed through one of my 40 yard shooting lanes, refusing to go toward the decoy. Heffner began to follow her. Unfortunately the doe got downwind and spooked, sending Heffner back where he came from.

In the meantime, back at my house a mystery buck decided to blast our Glen Del target to pieces, scattering parts for twenty yards. I put it back together and, yes I know, should have taken the antlers off because the second time the mystery buck attacked, he broke the front legs of our target. I sat the body back up in a hurry and left it as if shooting at a bedded buck. Mystery buck knocked it over a third time. My mind was on Heffner, but this mystery back yard buck was beginning to make me mad.

My husband, Stan came home early from a successful hunt and Melissa had to leave. So Stan said he would run the video camera for me. We decided to go after our back yard mystery buck. Our property is only 8 acres in the country but with the rut in full swing, deer were moving through our timber on a regular basis.

With the Bucky Jr. decoy set up and Stan behind the camera my hopes were high. He rattled in 3 bucks on our second morning. One of the bucks was a shooter and he started making his way through the timber right to our decoy. As he circled to get down wind of Bucky Jr. it gave me a quartering away shot. I was shooting a Mathews DXT and sent the Muzzy 3 blade right where it needed to go. My back yard buck went down less than 80 yards from my tree. I cannot say for sure he was the mystery buck, but the target hasn't been knocked over since.

Back at the lease, Heffner was still chasing does. He was spotted with a doe in the middle of a wide open field during the gun season. Would he make it through the rest of the year? Thanks to our grandson Tristin we have the answer. He found one of Heffner's sheds today. It was the first shed he ever found and he spotted it all by himself. The big antler was in the timber not far from where I had seen the buck in the fall. Now we know Heffner made it through all the late hunting seasons and the winter.  Thanks to our little shed master I have started  counting the days to next bow season!





Tink's Products Increases Archery Success

by Bow Staff 6. October 2010 09:18
Bow Staff

 When it comes to trusted and recognized names in the hunting industry, few can compete with Tink's reputation of quality products.  With over 40 years experience, Tink's remains the American hunter's choice for hunting scents and lures.  Tink's #69 Doe-in-Rut® Buck Lure is a legend among hunters and Tink's continually strives for new and innovative ideas.  Tink's Power Scrape mock scrape starter is the perfect way to condition bucks to your stand locations by capitalizing on a buck's territorial aggression. In 2010, they launched the Vanish Odor Elimination System, a series of scent eliminator products utilizing proven scientific technology designed to kill odors on contact and prevent them from reforming. Also new in 2010, the Miss November Inflatable Deer Decoy delivers life like realism with lightweight, packable convenience. Tink's products are developed by hunters for hunters, and help improve skills for greater success.  Click here to view or purchase any of our Tink's products on

Tink's introduced their first ever line of odor eliminating products for 2010.  Complete with field spray, hair and body wash and laundry detergent.  This line of products has everything you need to vanish from the whitetail's senses. 

Tink's Power Scrape is the ideal scent to condition mature bucks to your stand.  Capitalize on a mature buck's rising testosterone levels in early fall by creating a sense of intrusion in his home range with Power Scrape.

Also, new for 2010 from Tink's is Miss November.  An inflatable doe decoy sure to bring those monster bucks during the rut.  It inflates quickly and silently in the field making it easy to transport from location to location. 


Montana Playmate Decoy geared for Deer Hunters this Fall!

by Bow Staff 9. August 2010 16:25
Bow Staff

Montana Decoy Introduces "Playmate"!

The new Playmate Whitetail decoy takes advantage of the single most effective pose available for big game decoys-the feeding position. Combined with all new HD photography, the Playmate decoy works during all phases of the rut and throughout the entire hunting season!

"Feeding poses have been proven over and over again as perhaps the best option for 98-percent of decoy set ups, "said Jerry McPherson, owner Montana Decoys. "It doesn't matter what time of the year it is or what phase of the breeding season you're in, a feeding pose is natural, and instills confidence in your set up."

If you were a buck, you'd want me too!

The ultra realistic HD photography on Montana Decoy's Playmate easily puts it ahead of other whitetail decoys on the market. Up close or far away, the detail holds their attention. The simple twist-and-stake set up is a hallmark of all Montana Decoys and the new Playmate is no exception.

The Playmate stands at a full 23x41-inches set up and weighs in at a mere 25oz. meaning it will go unnoticed in your whitetail pack until you need it.

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Elk Hunters; Montana Decoy's Present "Miss September".

by Bow Staff 14. June 2010 03:05
Bow Staff

Elk hunters headed out to tag a bull this year may want to take a closer look at Montana Decoy’s newest creation. Think Megan Fox looking the other way while eating; this is what an Elk would envision!

Montana Decoy Presents Miss September!

Feeding poses have been proven effective during any phase of the hunting season and the all new Miss September Elk Decoy from Montana Decoy combines that potent pose with HD photography.

"A herd bull might try to add a lone cow to his harem during the rut or it might be a confidence decoy in the late season after the rut has passed," said Jerry McPherson, owner Montana Decoys. "Either way, using a realistic decoy can mean the difference between success and failure."

The ultra realistic HD photography on Montana Decoy's Miss September easily fools even the sharpest elk in the herd. Simple twist-and-stake set up is a hallmark of all Montana Decoys and the new Miss September is no exception. The light weight construction means it can go with you no matter if you're hunting near the road or backpacking in the wilderness.


Miss September stands 41 inches tall set up and weighs in at a mere 42oz. Meaning it will go unnoticed in your elk pack until you need it. Suggested retail for the Miss September is $99.95 and will be on dealer shelves in plenty of time for fall 2010.

Visit the Montana Decoy website or call 888-332-6998 for a full list of decoys, tips and where to find a dealer near you.

About Montana Decoy

Created in 1996 by Jerry McPherson, Montana Decoy got its start from an average hunter trying to improve his bowhunting success. Tormented by an uncooperative bull elk, McPherson returned to his truck, thinking about how he could design a packable decoy without adding bulk and weight. McPherson got inspiration from folding band saw blades. He utilized the same twist-and-fold concept to hold open the decoy image.

Montana Decoy offers turkey, elk, whitetail, mule deer, antelope and predator options along with a Moo Cow confidence decoy. All share the same ease of use, light weight and ultra realistic HD photography.

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