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 is a brief description of our chief instructor and his 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 60). 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 Shawano-Leader in Shawano. 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.