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 also works for Zink Calls and Avian X Decoys as the Retail Specialist and Sales Manager for the entire West Coast. Mario works closely with Fred Zink to handle all retail events and sales from Kansas City west.
For the past ten 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 just expanded his business and opened Columbia River Decoys Guide Service which he operates himself.
Mario has guided waterfowl hunters for Pacific Wings Waterfowl Adventures in West Richland, Washington and for Ducks and Dogs Inc. in Monmouth Oregon. Mario also 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. He remains active in Ducks Unlimited having served as both an Area and District Chairman.
Mario credits his wife and two great kids for letting him live his dream job in the outdoor industry.