My name is Courtney Wilhelm and I am originally from a small town in eastern North Dakota, now residing in northwest North Dakota. I was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age by my father and grew up tagging along with him on his outings every chance I got – from farming, to hunting, to fishing. He taught me much of what I know about hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. He taught me how to shoot and I began hunting with rifle and shotgun as soon as I was old enough to complete Hunter’s Safety.
I spend as much time as possible outdoors and I have a wide variety of outdoor interests including hunting, fishing, ice fishing, darkhouse spearfishing, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, shed hunting, horseback riding, and outdoor photography. I rarely turn down an opportunity to be outside and I try to take every opportunity to learn new outdoor skills.
I was introduced to archery in 2013 and it quickly became my passion. Thanks to my boyfriend, I am a member of our local archery club and a member of North Dakota Bowhunter’s Association. This has presented me with opportunities to enjoy shooting my bow at indoor league and participating in 3D shoots during the offseason. There really is no true “off season” for me, as I am shooting year-round and always looking forward to my next hunting adventure. I especially look forward to archery deer season in North Dakota and archery elk season in Montana.
Hunting is (and always will be) my ultimate passion. Several years ago, I made it a goal to pursue a new species of game in a new and unfamiliar region/terrain each year to challenge myself and expand my skills as a hunter. My first excursion since envisioning this goal was the pursuit of Spanish goats on the Big Island of Hawaii. The trip was a success in so many ways; I learned the importance of thorough research when selecting a hunting guide, I successfully harvested a mature billy, and I was completely outside of my comfort zone the entire time since I had booked my guided hunt on my own and made the trip entirely solo. I often hunt solo locally in my home state and each outing is always a learning experience. The reward is even sweeter when the stars align and those solo hunts end in success.