Get to Know Larysa of "Larysa Unleashed"
An Interview with Vanguard Professional Larysa Switlyk
Published by Vanguard USA
We had the chance to interview Vanguard Professional Larysa Switlyk of Larysa Unleashed. Larysa Switlyk grew up with three older brothers and a fear of guns. Yet, her upbringing taught her to be strong, courageous and not to be afraid to try anything. A mixture of a tomboy and model, Larysa is competitive, engaging and adventurous. She earned her bachelor’s and master‘s degrees in accounting in just four years, and promptly landed a CPA job in New York City. However, she quickly realized she wasn’t a city girl. A gut feeling told her something was missing in her life.
Read on to get to know her better!
How did you first fall in love with hunting?
I never got the opportunity to hunt until I made my own. I booked a guided hunt in New Zealand while on a backpacking trip after college. Despite growing up with three older brothers, no one in my family hunted or fished. That trip in New Zealand was my first big game hunt and I absolutely fell in love with the hunting lifestyle. I was excited about my new found passion and could not wait to get home to tell my family. However, they had a negative view point towards hunting and criticized me for it. They all thought there was something majorly wrong with me because I wanted to go out and kill things. That is when I realized they lacked knowledge and facts about hunting. I figured if I could change my family’s viewpoint on hunting I could change a lot more people’s. That along with getting more females and children involved in the outdoors is what made me wanted to start my own television show about it.
Tell us about your favorite hunting adventure, so far.
Hunting Red Stag in Patagonia with Argentina Outdoor Adventure. It was the first time I got to really put the Vanguard Endeavor Rifle Scope to the test. Patagonia has been a place on my bucket list for years and nothing beats hearing red stags roar in the middle of the rut in the beautiful mountains.
If your next hunt could be anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
Somewhere I would love to go hunt one day is Alaska, and I am fortunate enough this year that I actually drew tags for Mountain Goat and Caribou on Kodiak Island! I’m looking forward to the challenge of the hunt and getting dropped off by a plane and having to set up camp. However, I’m not looking forward to the no showers, but it will totally be worth it because Its going to be epic.
What is your favorite gear?
For Clothing I love the New Line of Realtree SHE Outdoors Apparel from Bass Pro Shops – The clothes are made for the female hunter in mind so they fit perfectly and are so comfortable. They are also very durable and withstand the tough elements of the outdoors..
For Knives: SOG Bladelight hunting knife – besides being insanely sharp it has 6 LED built in lights that help you skin your animal at night and also has a lifetime warranty.
For Optics: I’m very fond of the Vanguard’s Endeavor ED II and so are my hunting guides because they always steal a pair of mine for themselves after our hunt! The glass is crystal clear and is perfect for me on my spot and stalk hunts in the mountains.
What is your most memorable hunt?
Most memorable hunt was actually while I was taking a kid from Hunt of a Life Time on a ram hunt in Florida. Being able to share my passion with a child who unfortunately has a life threatening illness means a lot more to me than me in the hunting seat.
His mother told me a story how she was on a deer hunt with him in a box blind. His illness attacked his nervous system and he was forced to a wheelchair and couldn’t walk. A deer came out, he stood up, shot the deer, sat down and was so excited because he just shot a great deer. His mother said she started crying because she was excited he stood up on his own! He wanted to call his doctor right then because he said he found the cure for his illness…..HUNTING!
That right there is why I share my passion for the outdoors! That is what it is all about!
Why do you want to help more children get involved in the outdoors?
I want to see kids away from the computers and video games and enjoy the outdoors. I’m not telling them they need to go out and hunt. I just want to get more families outside, spend time together and teach their children the safety behind guns. Kids' cell phones should be replaced with a bow or a fishing rod. This world is too consumed and dependent on technology these days that they are spending less time with their families. It is a great way to make memories with your loved ones and enjoy God’s creations.
Do you feel any need to overcompensate or overachieve in the hunting/shooting industry because you are a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field?
I hunt to my ability and I respect the animals I hunt. I can’t help it if I outshoot or out hunt most of the males out there. ;) I’m not out to prove anything to anyone but myself. Each hunt to me is an accomplishment and learning experience. That is how it should be; it shouldn’t be a constant competition or having to prove yourself. It’s a lifestyle and I choose to live it. The males will just have to get use to the fact that woman are the fastest growing segment in the hunting industry and we are statistically a better shot than males!
What advice would you give someone just getting into hunting?
If you are interested in hunting, then find someone you know who can go with you and teach you the safety of the weapon you are using first. If you don’t have anyone to go with you can do what I did and book a guide and go to an outfitter. You can’t really understand hunting unless you try it, and trust me; it’s an adrenaline rush like you have never felt before. You might never know you love it until you try it and its never too late to start!
How can people follow your adventures on social media?
The Sportsman Channel:
Sundays at 2pm, Wednesday at noon
The Hunt Channel
Mondays 8:30am, Tuesday 8:30 pm
Saturday 8:30 pm
Tuesday 5:30am, Thursday 3:30pm, Sunday 12:00pm