My View From The Country

Duck Dynasty Is Taking Over Our Household

This newly rich Louisiana bayou family that operates a thriving business by fabricating top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood share a lot of values with all rural folks.

I’m not into reality television shows, but one in particular has earned favor in the Marshall household recently.

The show is called Duck Dynasty, and it follows the adventures of a newly rich Louisiana bayou family, the Robertsons, who operate a thriving business by fabricating top-of-the-line duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood. Each episode highlights their special brand of Southern know-how and down-home humor.

My boys got hooked first; they think it’s hilarious. I had seen a preview of the show, where these bearded guys get out of a limousine, wearing tuxedos and camouflage. I figured that it was just more programming designed to appeal to the sensibilities of teenage boys and, after watching an episode for 10 minutes, I was unimpressed. But I watched a second episode at the urging of my daughter, and I now have to admit that I’m officially a Duck Dynasty fan!  

I like the show because it reflects a lot of the values we in agriculture share. Duck Dynasty features successful business people who are hunters. But, more importantly, they love the land and the animals, and they understand the circle of life and the unique role humans play in it. They understand and appreciate how food gets onto our table and, even more surprisingly, they believe in concepts like freedom and private property rights – concepts you don’t see much of on television these days.

I like that they represent the American dream and are financially successful, but they also place far more value on the fact that it is a family business. They know how lucky and blessed they are to work together, and they believe in God and say grace before meals.

Yes, they are rednecks, and they take pride in their beards and camouflage clothing, which almost seems like a uniform that imparts the message: “Heck, yes, I’m proud of who I am and the tradition behind it.” I suspect our boots and hats send a similar message to outsiders.

When you watch a few episodes, it’s obvious these people don’t lack sophistication, and only partly fit the stereotype the outside world assigns to them. Being in agriculture, it’s easy to identify with the hick label that often gets applied to us.

Duck Dynasty likely won’t garner any Emmy awards or change the world, but it does depict traits that many of us hold dear – a reminder that makes it pretty good entertainment. Of course, we have cowboy hats and boots instead of beards and camouflage, but Duck Dynasty embodies a lot of things that make this life we live truly special. I like it because nearly every show reminds me of that very fact. Even more, however, I like it because my kids see that as well. I have to believe the fans of Duck Dynasty are indirectly friends of agriculture and we share a lot of common values.

Discuss this Blog Entry 3

Dallas (not verified)
on Dec 28, 2012

The link below is a little college football trivia as well as Duck Dynasty trivia.

Max (not verified)
on Dec 28, 2012

I love Duck Dynasty, which is surprising since I’m not a huge reality TV fan, but the show grows on you after awhile. My girlfriend got me hooked on this, and then I kept watching it after I heard some of my DISH coworkers talk about how great it is. I tore through the first season, but I have most of the second season to watch, which I’ll do this weekend since I set a timer for them on my DISH Hopper. Duck Dynasty is a show that you can watch at anytime, and the 2,000 hours of storage space on my DVR lets me watch it at my own pace.

V W Ag (not verified)
on Dec 31, 2012

Duck Dynasty is hilarious. Our family loves it. Uncle Si is always the funniest and love how the brothers kid around with each other. Good family entertainment without the beeeeeps.

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As a fulltime rancher, opinion contributor Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.


Troy Marshall

Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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