• A Note From Alan

    Expert from Happy, Happy, Happy

    Out of the many memorable lines and quotes I have heard from my dad through the years, the one that always seems to stand out the most is “Son, don’t ever tell people how good or great you are at something; let them tell you.” For a man who has achieved his own level of greatness in the eyes of so many, those words were both prophetic and wise. To be the best at anything, one has to have a lot of confidence and a certain amount of ego and drive...

  • A Note From Jase

    An Expert from Happy, Happy, Happy 

    I’m the second son of Phil and Kay Robertson. Si (Phil’s youngest brother) named me on the riverbank. Si went to the river to tell Phil that Kay was having a baby. I’ve always heard that Phil’s response was something to the effect of, “What do you want me to do about it?” Si asked him, “What do you want to name him?” Phil replied, “Name him after you.” So I was given the name Jason Silas Robertson. Maybe that’s why Si and I love to argue so...

  • A Note From Jep

    I guess growing up in the Robertson household was like growing up in a lot of America households. Since I was really young, we were skinning fish, cleaning squirrels, and picking dewberries. They were everyday events. Okay, so maybe my upbringing was a little atypical. I do think I had it a little easier than my older brothers, since dad had repented by the time I was born. I remember getting up early in the summers and going with Dad to run the nets. He would even let me drive the boat...

  • A Note From Willie

    I’m happy I get to write about my dad when I’m older in life. The older I get, the more I’m starting to realize how great he really is. Not great because of all of his many accomplishments, but because of who he is and how he had lived his life. I know he has not always been what he wanted to be in file, but all of us have made mistakes; it’s how we deal with them that makes us great or not. Dad spent much of his younger years searching for something. When he found it, he sold out for what...

  • Where It All Started

    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...

  • Classic Commander — The Original Duck Commander Call

    The first two thousand DC-200 (now known as the Classic Commander) were built in 1972. Phil contracted his design to a local woodworker to make the barrels and tone boards. He mainly traded fresh fish for the woodwork and used his commercial fishing operation to fund the duck call venture. The reeds were assembled by hand with a drill and a hammer was used to connect his new double reed system. It was Phil’s dad that later came up with the idea of a dimple in between the reeds to prevent the...

  • The Wood Duck

    Contrary to popular belief among duck hunters, Wood Ducks can be called. Based on observation of Wood Ducks in the wild, it was determined that Wood Ducks have sitting sounds and flying sounds. The flying sounds are never made by Wood Ducks on the water and vice versa.

    Since this is true, Phil began a quest to create the first Wood Duck call that could mimic the flying and sitting sounds of Wood Ducks. Through trial and error, and maybe Divine intervention, a Wood Duck call prototype...

  • 6 In 1 Whistle

    With all ducks, the hen orates some sort of quack or growl while the drake vocalizes a whistle or buzz type sound.

    One Christmas morning the Robertsons were gathered at Phil and Miss Kay’s, as is their custom, and a strange occurrence produced the now famous multi-purpose, 6 in 1 whistle. The Robertson family is quite numerous and despite the commotion of eating, gift-giving, and story-telling, Phil urged everyone to be silent. As the chaos slowly subsided it left one distinct...

  • The Duck Picker — Phil’s Favorite Call

    The quack of a real Mallard does not echo. As duck call builders we describe this phenomenon as a ‘flat’, ‘nasally’ sound. Some scientists claim a ducks quack actually does echo but it is an ‘auditory illusion’, meaning the quack echoes just nothing hears it. Through the years Duck Commander has invented many calls that produced this non-echo flat sound. The frustration was that these calls were difficult to operate—especially for beginners —and required a lot of skill, practice, and air-...

  • The Gadwall

    Gadwall ducks have always been viewed by hunters as a bit unpredictable, erratic, and hard to call. There have been jokes from the Robertsons that the Gadwall is the ‘crazy Uncle Si’ of the duck family. The truth about Gadwalls is they are unique—the drakes do most of the talking. The Gadwall hen will do a three note, high pitch hail call much like a mallard hen, but the buzz sounds of the drake are way more prevalent in the wild. The Gadwall call came about one day in the duck blind when...