Imagine turning your hobby into a multi-million dollar business. That’s just what Phil Robertson. The legendary Louisiana outdoorsman didn’t think the duck calls being sold in sporting goods stores in the 1960s and early 1970s sounded much like real ducks, so he set about making his own.
In 1973, he created the Duck Commander Duck Call. For years he made them in his backyard shed and would travel the state to sell his duck calls to mom and pop stores. Progress was slow but steady. Today, with the help of his son Willie, the Duck Commander is the most trusted duck call ever created and has made the Robertson family redneck millionaires.
In addition, the family’s exploits have become cable channel A&E’s most watched program each week as viewers can’t seem to get enough of “Duck Dynasty.”
Learn your Ducky Dynasty trivia, and you could win big at Dan The Man Trivia on Wednesday, April 10. The show begins at 7:15 p.m. at the Sanford Elks Lodge, 1006 E. 2nd Street, Sanford, FL. And where your camouflage. They team with the most camp wins bonus points.
Did you know?
- Phil Robertson was the starting quarterback for Louisiana Tech University during the 1960s. His back-up? Terry Bradshaw. Robertson gave up football to concentrate on duck hunting, and Bradshaw went on to become an NFL Hall of Famer with 4 Super Bowl rings.
- Though he quit football, Phil Robertson understands the value of an education. He earned a master’s degree in education, and spent several years as a teacher.
- Robertson has four sons. Alan, the oldest, is in the ministry, while Jase, Willie (CEO of Duck Commander) and Jep are involved in the family business.
- The Robertsons call West Monroe, Louisiana home.
Before the Beards: Below are some photos of the Robertson men before they grew their bushy beards.