Waterfowl Regional Pro Staff
Cory Dukehart is the Mossy Oak Waterfowl Regional Pro Staff Manager for the Atlantic Flyway. Born and raised in Maryland, Cory started tagging along on waterfowl hunting trips with his father at an early age. Even though he was only an observer and retriever on his first waterfowl hunts, he was hooked for life.
As he got older, Cory started getting more involved in waterfowl hunting. He is fascinated with the art of calling waterfowl and strives to improve his skills. Watching birds react to his calling is one of the most rewarding aspects of waterfowl hunting for Cory. He has hunted waterfowl all over the United States and in Canada and works at finding just the right calling technique in each area.
Cory started participating in waterfowl calling contests in 2006 and has already enjoyed success at several events. In 2007 Cory won the Virginia Waterfowlers Association Open Duck calling contest as well as the Pennsylvania Novice Goose Calling champion. In 2008, he won the Delaware Bay Open Novice Duck Calling Contest and in 2009 he became the Upper Bay Classic Duck Calling Champion. He has also placed high in a number of other events.
When not hunting waterfowl, you will find Cory in a deer stand in West Virginia or following his coonhounds named Boone and Crockett on a chase after raccoons in the hills of Maryland. He also spends time scouting his hunting areas looking for the best places to set up a decoy spread. Cory says pre-hunt preparation is as important as setting up a decoy spread and calling.
Mario Friendy resides in Sherwood, Oregon where he is the Mossy Oak Waterfowl Regional Pro Staff Manager for the Pacific Flyway. Mario first sat in a duck blind at the age of eight and has been hooked ever since. He began hunting waterfowl, pheasants and ruffed grouse at the age of twelve in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
After graduating with a degree in communications Mario worked in the radio broadcast industry for sixteen years. He moved several times in his career and finally landed in a waterfowl hunter’s paradise in Oregon.
Mario works for Plano Synergy as the Pro Staff Retail Manager. Mario handles recruiting of new staffers and coordinates the entire staff going to retail events across the country.
For the past 13 years Mario has owned Columbia River Decoys Inc. where he handles the manufacturing and painting of every decoy from start to finish. Mario’s decoy company is viewed as one of the best custom decoy producers in the waterfowl industry. He also owns and operates Columbia River Decoys Guide Service in the state of Oregon.
Mario has guided waterfowl hunters for Pacific Wings Waterfowl Adventures in West Richland, Washington and for his own guide service in Oregon. Mario manages the Amstad Duck and Goose clubs in Sherwood, Oregon. Mario is a member of Delta Waterfowl and has been a Ducks Unlimited member since his dad started a chapter in Pennsylvania.
Mario credits his wife Amy and two great kids Gianna and Cole for letting him live his dream job in the outdoor industry.
Jason Patterson resides in Jackson, Tennessee where he is the Mossy Oak Waterfowl Regional Pro Staff Manager for the Mississippi Flyway. He is also a member of the Plano/Synergy Pro Staff.
Jason grew up in the hills and vast cornfields of southern Indiana, where he cut his teeth on hunting whitetails.
At the age of 20, Jason moved to western Tennessee where he learned the ways of waterfowl hunting at its finest. Ever since the first day Jason went duck hunting, it has been a passion for him. His trips to Kentucky Lake, Reelfoot, and the many flooded backwaters in Tennessee fuel that passion.
Jason competes in various calling competitions around the area where he lives. He also guides for waterfowl.
Jason writes various outdoor related articles covering fishing, hunting, and how to articles for regional publications, including MossyOak.com.
Jason is an operations manager for a local trucking terminal. He has two boys, Oakley who is 15 and Devin who is 22. Jason and his wife Kim spend time together in the outdoors as a family.
In the off-season, Jason is usually found competing in Bass Tournaments on Kentucky Lake. Jason also hunts deer, turkey and anything else he can.
Mike Miller is the Mossy Oak Waterfowl Regional Pro Staff Manager for the Central Flyway. He lives in Canon City, Colorado with his wife Janell and sons, Brady and Keaton.
Mike was born and raised in Pennsylvania where he began duck hunting at an early age. After high school his service in the U.S. army allowed Mike to hunt waterfowl in different parts of the country. In the army Mike was stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado and he knew he would come back to this waterfowl rich area to live.
Mike’s hunting experience has taken him on regular waterfowl hunting trips across the country. Mike started a waterfowl and fly fishing guide service called Flyway Outfitters in early 2013. It is based out of Canon City, Colorado.
One of Mike’s greatest enjoyments is getting new hunters and youngsters involved in the sport of waterfowl hunting whenever possible. Drawing upon his experiences he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Mossy Oak Pro Staff team.
In the waterfowl off-season Mike is a fly fishing guide on the Arkansas River and also guides hunts for Elk, Mule Deer, Bear and Mountain Lion in Colorado. In addition to these activities, Mike currently works as a Program Director for a regional treatment center for at-risk youth.