Facebook: Wildlife Pursuit & Jeremy Elbert
Hashtag’s: #Balance #Fit4Fall
With his hometown of Hunter, ND, it is no wonder Jeremy found a love for the outdoors and hunting at an early age. Growing up in a small community, Jeremy learned the value of hard work, the enjoyment of playing athletics and the respect for time in the field. Jeremy’s parents were most influential to him as he developed his hunting skills and overall love for the experiences. His mom recalls being six months pregnant in the fall of 1974 on a deer hunt, wondering if her soon-to-be-born son might come early.
Fast forward to his adult life and the creation of Wildlife Pursuit, a National Outdoors hunting show. Wildlife Pursuit has grown into a top tier show on the Pursuit Channel and Jeremy balances this passion with time spent raising his kids, Gus and Lily, his career as a Financial Advisor and his competitive fitness goals. It is the #Balance of life that Jeremy strives to manage well and share in the stories he tells to his viewers and fans. It is clear for Jeremy that one of his goals in life is to provide opportunities for Gus and Lily, especially related to the outdoors. He hopes one day they will pass on the same but until that day comes in the distant future, he strives to share as much knowledge as he can to broaden their perspective. Watching them experience things for the first time is as rewarding for Jeremy as any hunt he has been on.
Facebook: Jesse Kurtenbach
Jesse grew up in Northeastern South Dakota. Sports, hunting, fishing and the outdoors have been in his DNA since the day he was born. The deep roots for these passions were passed on to him from his father Bill who spent his whole career working in conservation for the USFWS. Jesse was able to spend many days in the field with his dad and his biologist friends absorbing as much information as his young mind would allow. When the time came for him to participate in the hunt his passion was only fueled. Just like so many small town kids sports entered his life at about this same time. Jesse became a multi-sport athlete in high school, and if he wasn’t in the field he could be found in the gym. A lack of size required hard work to gain other advantages in sports such as strength and speed.
This work ethic carried over to the classroom and earned Jesse a nursing degree at Mount Marty College while being an all conference baseball player, and most recently a Hall of Fame inductee. He would later return to MMC to earn a masters degree in nurse anesthesia. He currently lives, works and plays in the beautiful Northern Black Hills of South Dakota with his wife, Ashley, and their two dogs, Jake and Ruger. A career in healthcare, and an extensive background in athletics have led Jesse to lead a healthy lifestyle. He has a firm belief that the less you allow your physical limitations to slow you down, the more you are able to enjoy life to the fullest! The current Balance of life for Jesse is revolved around his wife, family, friends, career, dogs, fitness and hunting.
Facebook: Ashley Kurtenbach Bikini Competitor and
“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” — Diane Ackerman
A quote Ashley likes to live by, living life each day to the fullest. Growing up a farm kid in a small Northwest Iowa town, within the heart of Dutch country sparked her the love for the outdoors. After a few years of living on the east side of SD for non-traditional college, work and being a Skyforce cheerleader; life took another turn as it always does. Now located in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her hunting partner, lifting buddy and husband Jesse, and her beloved furbabies Jake and Ruger. When she isn’t working her full-time job, you will find her enjoying her passion for the great outdoors as much as possible. Like many other women she got into hunting later in life and now loving every day she can be in the field. She lives for promoting the outdoor life, as well as offering the best recommendations to other women to save them time and money. Being at the gym 5-6 days a week and active every day, while taking on many new physical challenges she proves to be a fitness guru. She trains for life, to be a better huntress, athlete and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. She enjoys the challenge of “keeping up with the boys in the field”, and never wants physical capability to be an excuse. This year she made it a point to try a range of physical challenges, all while promoting a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Her goal is to inspire and motivate not just women but all people to a healthy lifestyle and to be active in the outdoors.
The Alaskan Hunt – Meet the Team