Earlier this fall, NRA Competitive Shooting Director Mike Krei took a trip out to his home near the Pend Oreille River in northeastern Washington to do some duck hunting.
The trip is an annual one for Krei, who meets the same group of friends for opening weekend to enjoy the sport and take in the beautiful scenery that only Washington can provide.
How did the crew do this year? Twelve birds were bagged, mostly Mallards, but they also go after Gadwall, Wigeon and Teal.
Duck hunting is one of Krei's hobbies. Both his father and grandfather were avid duck hunters – he didn't stand a chance – and introduced him to the sport at a young age. Krei's father and grandfather also built boats and introduced him to the Barnegat Bay Sneakbox, regarded by many as the finest boat for hunting waterfowl.
Bernegat sneakboxes were originally designed to navigate the shallow
waters of New Jersey over 150 years ago and have stood the test of time
as extremely effective hunting boats. Having an appreciation for fine craftsmanship, history and a lot of nostalgia, Krei recently purchased a vintage Barnegat Bay Sneakbox of his own.
As an avid duck hunter, Krei likes to make the most of each season and tries to go on at least a few trips. So far he hasn't done too bad, getting out to Broken Bow, Nebraska and Port Clinton, Ohio for some additional birds.
Good hunting, Mike.