Leslye Leslie {{Female Hunter Feature}}

Carly Brasseux // April 25

Leslye Leslie has always been a Southern woman but learned to love shooting, hunting, and fishing after a cancer diagnosis. She now loves both rifle and archery hunting for big game, waterfowl, and pheasant hunting, and fishing the amazing waters of Utah with her husband and two daughters.

Leslye is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist with the University of Utah hospitals. She enjoys shooting competitions with her custom CK Arms pistol, and teaching others how to shoot makes her happy! Leslye is a Krytpek Ladies Legion member as well. She loves camping, backpacking, hiking, and trail running, and the barbell rack at the gym is her favorite bar. She has taken her passion for hunting to a new level in 2019 by becoming a Hunters Education Instructor with the Department of Wildlife Resources for the State of Utah.

This is our female hunter feature for Leslye Leslie. Here we go!

Leslye Leslie

Why do you hunt?

I have found my peace and joy in nature. I can sit and watch the shy animals and listen or put a stalk on a potential harvest. The calm and quiet are beyond amazing!

When was your first hunting trip?

I was in my early 30s and had a recent cancer diagnosis; a malignant melanoma. My husband had been begging me for 10 years to go with him. I had to change my entire mindset because I had never hunted before.

What do you like most about hunting and spending time outdoors?

I love the hike and adventure of finding a place with animals (and no people!). It is an adventure every time I go out. Mostly every time I go out, it is a mountain date with my hubby!

What is your most memorable hunting experience?

My first mule deer buck! It was the last day of deer rifle season and in walks a big boy!

Do you have a favorite wild game recipe?

Elk heart or pheasant lettuce wraps.

Do you have a “dream” hunting excursion?

Alaska moose, New Zealand Stag, Hawaii Fallow deer.

What would you say to other women who haven't tried hunting or spending time outdoors yet?

Don't be afraid to try! Perfection is not required and every hunting or fishing trip is a miracle! Every time is a chance to learn!

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About the Author

Carly Brasseux

Carly Brasseux is a determined and passionate freelance outdoor writer, published author, business owner and social media/marketing consultant based in Texas. In a world where women are the fastest growing segment of the hunting population, she is a major proponent of those women wanting to learn more about the outdoors and hunting. Her handle, Miss Pursuit, is an expression of her enthusiasm for all things outdoors, from educating women through her experiences learning to hunt over the last decade, to getting out with her kids to explore the wild. Her expertise in social media and marketing, as well as her vast network of people in the outdoor industry, have given her the influence to make an impact for years to come. Member of the Mule Deer Foundation, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Stewards of the Wild and the Texas Wildlife Association.