Phil Robertson made a decision to turn down a career in the NFL because he didn’t love the game. He was great at throwing a football but his heart was in the outdoors with dreams of making his livelihood doing what he loved, hunting and fishing. He has always said the reasons for success with Duck Commander duck calls were: a good idea, hard work, and Divine intervention. Prior to the first duck call being built for sale in 1972, Phil tinkered with many duck calls during duck seasons due to frustration and dissatisfaction with available products from the duck call market. The results of Phil’s first prototype, from the winter of 1971 duck season, produced a declaration from one of his longtime hunting buddies, “Phil, that call ya got doesn’t just call ‘em into the decoys, it COMMANDS them!” The idea of Duck Commander was born that day in the most fitting environment, a duck blind.