Born and raised in Grand Forks and later Bismarck, Erika grew up hunting and fishing in the Midwest, primarily for upland game and deer.

After receiving her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice Studies and Psychology, Erika moved permanently to Bismarck, where she worked in corrections and emergency preparedness and response before starting a career with Delta Waterfowl.

Erika serves as a 2nd Lieutenant with the North Dakota Wing of Civil Air Patrol, conducting volunteer search and rescue flights. She hunts now more than ever, spending time in the field with her boyfriend and their yellow lab, Moose. In her free time, Erika looks forward to working on their 5-acre homestead.