Instructors

Our instructors want you to excel!

My name is Ross Bielema and I am the owner and Chief Instructor of Wolf River Concealed Carry LLC. I hand-selected a small team of instructors who are very familiar with firearms and who are good at dealing with people. We want you to learn the safe and effective way to defend yourself with handguns, but we do that in a friendly, informal way. While safety is always our first priority, you will not be treated like you are in basic training or at a military school. You will be treated with courtesy and respect.

Below are brief descriptions of each of our instructors and their background with firearms:

Ross Bielema:

Ross Bielema demonstrates handgun safety basics during classroom instruction.

I grew up with firearms, starting at age 3 (I’m currently 53). My father taught me how to rabbit hunt in northern IL and I learned firearms safety the hard way, before hunter safety classes were the norm. I’ve had a lifelong passion for shooting and hunting, with rifle, shotgun and handgun, and now enjoy deer and turkey hunting, informal shooting and competitive shooting. I have taught hunter safety classes in three states (IA, IL and WI) since 1987.

When Gov. Walker finally signed the concealed carry law into effect, I decided to take NRA instruction to become a concealed carry instructor. I am NRA certified in two disciplines: basic pistol and personal protection inside the home. The NRA (National Rifle Association) is considered the gold standard for firearms instruction. NRA courses are a minimum of 8 hours each, so we decided to offer a basic 4-hour concealed carry course using the WI Dept. of Justice curriculum. We plan to offer these NRA courses at a later date; please contact us if you would like to sign up for one of these.

I also write outdoors stories on a freelance basis for the Northwestern in Oshkosh; the Shawano-Leader in Shawano and the County Post, which is owned by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. I was a full-time outdoors writer for about 8 years at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa. I have more than 30 years of journalism experience, having worked for three Iowa daily newspapers. Unlike many reporters, I am a pro-gun conservative who loves and embraces our Second Amendment freedoms as much as our First Amendment freedoms! Thanks for signing up to help protect your life and also to protect your freedoms.

Seth Gyldenvand:

Seth Gyldenvand makes a point during the classroom portion of a concealed carry class.

I started shooting with my dad when I got my first .22 when I was 5 and have been a dedicated hunter and recreational shooter ever since.  In 2004, at the age of 22, I joined the Marine Corps as an infantryman and was deployed to Iraq twice and left the wire no less than than 500 times in order to conduct various patrols and raids as a small unit leader.  Before leaving the Marines, I spent several months as a range coach for Marines, qualifying out to 500 yards on the rifle range.

In 2008, I was honorably discharged from the Armed Services as a sergeant and took a job working retail for a firearms dealer, where I still am today.  I also have been pursuing a degree in education and have experience as a middle school and high school track coach.

Since the spring of 2011, I have been a dedicated competitive action pistol shooter in the USPSA. I handload my own ammo and fire around 1,000 rounds a month from a pistol.

Seth continues to work part time in the guns department at Gander Mountain, Appleton, and is active in the Army National Guard.

We continually read and study on the topics of concealed carry, the latest developments in handguns and defensive ammo, and many other firearms topics. Ross and Seth all have learned much selling guns at a retail level and our customer experience translates to great customer relations with our students: YOU! We want you to be satisfied with Wolf River Concealed Carry LLC and will work hard to personalize the class to your individual needs as much as possible!