Leslie was raised in Elyria, Ohio where she grew up fishing Lake Erie. In 2009, she relocated to Colorado to start a career as an educator. Later, she was introduced to fly fishing and tying flies. Now she enjoys fly fishing regularly on some beautiful reservoirs and streams in Colorado and across the United States.
In 2013, Leslie earned a Colorado Hunter Education certification. She grew up with no hunting mentors in her life and didn’t know where to begin. Luckily, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife outreach program gave her an introduction and she has been hunting ever since.
Way back in the day, Leslie graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Geography/GIS. She has minors in Geology and Environmental Studies which allows her to serve in public education. She is starting her 11th year as an educator and she is starting her masters degree this fall.
On her many hunting travels, you won’t ever see Leslie without a rock hammer, stratigraphic column map and Roadside Geology field guide. She is obsessed with the formation of Earth and is happy to work through, “how did this get here,” anywhere she goes.
What’s more? Dirt and cooking. If you have wild game in the freezer and fresh veggies in the backyard, you become obsessed with cooking and preparing a meal that will honor the story of where that game meat came from. Leslie does not disappoint.
Leslie is grateful to be a resident of Montrose, Colorado where she lives with her favorite person and two yellow labs. They spend a lot of time in the mountains and on the rivers throughout the state. She is proud to be a public land owner and to help bring Backcountry Hunters and Anglers and public land awareness to her community. As a Hunt to Eat Ambassador, Leslie is excited to share her action, stories and recipes as a hunter, gardener and advocate for this lifestyle.Follow @leslieventure on Instagram