Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson celebrates his 67th birthday on Monday, April 27th. Silas Merritt Robertson is Phil’s youngest brother, a Vietnam War veteran, and preacher.
He works at Duck Commander, making the reeds that go into every duck call.
Si Robertson is kind of like the Kramer of Duck Dynasty. He is known for his storytelling, his constant use of the phrase “Hey, Jack!” and his ever-present blue plastic cup, which his mother sent him while he was stationed in Vietnam.
He is often filmed carrying around a jug of sweet tea and he loves pizza.
Si Robertson married his longtime girlfriend Christine Raney (who is not featured on Duck Dynasty) in 1971. They have two children together – Trasa Cobern and Scott Merritt Robertson – and eight grandkids.
Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is facing criticism after a speech that included a story about an atheist family being killed.
Phil Robertson, 68, appeared to be using the imagined story to claim that atheists would not find rape or murder immoral.
Atheist groups denounced the speech, saying it was unlikely Phil Robertson actually knows any atheists.
In 2013, Phil Robertson was suspended from the show and quickly reinstated following controversial remarks about homos**uality in an interview with GQ magazine.
Phil Robertson has since become a political figure. He recently spoke at CPAC, a large gathering of American conservatives that included presidential hopefuls such as Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Duck Dynasty – now in its seventh series – has broken several ratings records on both A&E and cable television as a whole, with Season 4 premiere drawing 11.8 million viewers.
The reality show follows the lives of the Robertson family, a clan with old-fashioned values who live together in West Monroe, Louisiana, running their multi-million dollar family business, Duck Commander – which makes products for duck hunters.
Duck Dynasty‘s Mia Robertson is undergoing yet another surgery later on Friday, March 27, to repair a cleft palate and lip. Mia Elaine Robertson, 11, was born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate.
Her family asks for prayers on Duck Commander Facebook page: “On March 27, our sweet Mia will have another surgery. It will be a major surgery which will involve breaking her jaw. We ask that you please start praying for her now and continue for 6-10 weeks after. It’s a long recovery with a liquid diet. Missy has a necklace that she is selling to benefit MiaMoo fund and we ask that you wear it for her now and until after the surgery. Below is the link for the necklace. #BeBraveAndKeepGoing http://www.missyrobertson.com/mia-moo-jewelry.”
Uncle Si Robertson asks his fans to pray for little Mia. He wrote on his Facebook page: “Hey, Mia needs your prayers. She’ll be going into surgery on Friday. She’s also selling some necklaces to help other children with cleft palate surgeries.”
Duck Dynasty’s Si Robertson will offer another autograph session on Wednesday, July 2, at the Duck Commander Store in West Monroe, Louisiana.
Si Robertson will offer another autograph session on Wednesday, July 2, at the Duck Commander Store (photo Facebook)
Uncle Si wrote on his Facebook page: “HEY JACK! Yesterday was so much fun, I am going to take another break from napping and sign some more autographs! Next Wednesday, July 2nd! Same time, same place! (Noon-2PM at the Duck Commander Store in West Monroe). Who, knows, I may even do it again July 9th!”
Duck Dynasty’s Missy Robertson celebrated her 43rd birthday on Tuesday, April 22 – the same day as her brother-in-law and Duck Commander CEO, Willie Robertson.
Missy Robertson spent her birthday watching son Reed and nephew John Luke (Willie and Korie Robertson’s son) play in tennis regionals.
She wrote on her Facebook page: “Beautiful day for a birthday watching Reed and John Luke play in tennis regionals. Thank you, everybody, for so many sweet wishes! I am blessed beyond measure.”
Missy Robertson spent her birthday watching son Reed and nephew John Luke’s play in tennis regionals (photo Facebook)
After marrying Jase Robertson in 1991, and now busy raising another generation of Robertsons, Missy West learned early on that she needed to step up her game.
With help from her mother-in-law, Miss Kay, Missy Robertson transitioned into the lifestyle of a large family easily. She also learned that being a Robertson meant helping with the family business.
However, after working for Duck Commander for many years, Missy Robertson is now able to devote much of her time to her real passion of vocal music, both singing and volunteering as a music teacher at her children’s school.
Missy Robertson also handles her own family’s many activities and tries her best to keep 44-year-old Jase in line.
Jase and Missy Robertson have been married for more than 22 years and have three children: Reed, Cole, and Mia.
Duck Dynasty has a furry new edict: Everything’s Better with a Beard.
Si, Willie, Phil, Jase, Jep and Alan Robertson have launched their new rhyming photographic book published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Si, Willie, Phil, Jase, Jep and Alan Robertson have launched their new rhyming photographic book Everything’s Better with a Beard
The Duck Commander family is known for their long, flowing beards. In this photographic picture book with whimsical, rhyming text, objects both animate and inanimate are given the Duck Commander family treatment – with beards.
Whether it’s a dog, a truck, or a duck, one thing’s for sure: Everything’s better with a beard.
Duck Dynasty family’s new book has 48 pages and a list price of $14.99.
Duck Commander, the company behind Duck Dynasty reality show, is reportedly set to purchase the rights to the Independence Bowl, or AdvoCare V100 Bowl as it has been known in recent years.
The deal will reportedly run through 2019, and this news comes shortly after it was announced that Duck Commander would sponsor NASCAR’s spring Sprint Cup 500 race, now known as the “Duck Commander 500”.
Duck Commander is set to purchase the rights to the Independence Bowl
The Independence Bowl is a post-season NCAA-sanctioned Division I college football bowl game that is played annually at Independence Stadium in Shreveport, Louisiana.
It was known as the Independence Bowl prior to 2013, and was so named because it was inaugurated in the US bicentennial year, 1976.
Duckhorn Wine Company has filed a trademark lawsuit against Duck Commander, Inc., Trinchero Family Estates and Wal-Mart.
The suit claims Duck Commander wines violate the trademark of Duckhorn Vineyards.
Duckhorn has a history of going after wineries that dare to use a duck in their names or labels.
The Napa Valley winery is going after the Duck Dynasty folks because they’ve used the word “Duck” and an image of a duck on their wines.
Duckhorn Wine Company has filed a trademark lawsuit against Duck Commander wines
In November, the Robertson family collaborated with Trinchero Family Estates to produce three wines from California grapes: Triple Threat red blend, Wood Duck chardonnay and Miss Priss pink moscato.
“We decided to create Duck Commander Robertson Family Wines because we know that many of our customers and our viewers choose to celebrate family moments with wine,” Duck Commander CEO Willie Robertson said at the time.
The St. Helena winery, which produces wines that largely sell for $50 and up, has taken on a number of what it deems to be trademark violators in recent years, although not always successfully.
“It turns out that Duckhorn doesn’t own the word <<duck>>,” said Jay Behmke, an intellectual property attorney at Santa Rosa law firm Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross.
“I know that Duckhorn has an interest in trademarks, and I’ve seen their interest, but there are a lot of duck trademarks, so they don’t have an exclusive on that.”
Duckhorn took aim at Duck Pond Cellars in Oregon in the mid ‘90s, but that case settled. Greg Fries, president of Duck Pond Cellars, confirmed the case was resolved, but said he was bound by the settlement not to comment.
Duck Dynasty family has launched their own line of guns in collaboration with gunmaker Mossberg.
Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by Duck Dynasty family, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.
The gunmaker has begun shipping some of the shotguns to distributors, according to spokeswoman Linda Powell. She declined to name specific retailers that will carry them.
Phil Robertson founded Duck Commander 40 years ago.
The Duck Dynasty patriarch was recently suspended – and then reinstated – by A&E network after making controversial remarks about gay people and African-Americans during GQ magazine interview.
Phil Robertson and his sons are featured prominently in four video ads for the new guns on Mossberg website. He narrates one of the spots saying: “Do you know what makes me happy ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off.”
Duck Dynasty family has launched their own line of guns in collaboration with gunmaker Mossberg
The Robertson family business in Louisiana sells duck calls as well as hunting DVDs and clothing through Wal-Mart and other retailers. Duck Dynasty brand has already been affixed to everything from action figures and door mats to wine, (produced by the Trinchero Family Estates) as well as books about cooking and religion.
Mossberg says the Duck Commander guns will come in a “waterfowl pattern” camouflage design, though not all of them are intended for duck hunting. They also bear the Duck Commander logo, of a duck in flight.
The pistol and one of the rifles have military-style designs with large capacity magazines holding at least 25 rounds. The rifle has some of the features of an assault rifle, but with a relatively low .22 caliber.
Mossberg’s website says its .22-caliber pistol is “perfect for small game, plinking, target shooting – or clearing cottonmouths out of your duck blind.”
The firearms will all come with an American flag bandana like the one worn by Willie Robertson.
As the church can’t host their annual trick or treat event, the Duck Dynasty cast offer to hold the Halloween event at Duck Commander.
The Robertsons all come together to decorate the Duck Commander warehouse and transform it into a “scarehouse.”
Duck Dynasty Season Finale Quack O’Lanterns will air Wednesday, October 23
Everyone dresses up and Willie Robertson desperately tries to be the scariest, but none of the kids are afraid of him.
Meanwhile, Miss Kay Robertson is decorating her house for Halloween and enlists the youngest kids to help her. When they try to get Phil into the Halloween spirit, he puts his own twist on Halloween decorating by making a Jack-o-lantern with a shotgun.
Duck Dynasty Season Finale Quack O’Lanterns will air Wednesday, October 23, at 10/9C on A&E.
Duck calls, the product that made Duck Dynasty stars millionaires, is still the Robertson family’s true moneymaker.
Last year, they sold 60,000 of their Duck Commander callers.
This year, Duck Dynasty stars are projected to sell over 750,000 duck calls, and at an average price of $59.72 (they range from $19.95 to $179.95), they are set to make $44,790,000 on their duck calls in 2013!
With their recent pay raise, the 20-person cast will be making over $200,000 per episode. At seven episodes a season, that means they’ll rake in a whopping $1.4 million for season four.
Willie Robertson’s book, The Duck Commander Family, has sold over 1 million copies on Amazon. At a price of around $12, that’s $12 million in sales.
Duck calls, the product that made Duck Dynasty stars millionaires, is still the Robertson family’s true moneymaker
Phil Robertson also has a book, titled Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, that also retails for $12 on Amazon.
The first three seasons of Duck Dynasty are available for purchase. Season three retails for $20 on A&E’s website.
WalMart is a big seller of Duck Dynasty products.
“<<Duck Dynasty>> T-shirts are our best-selling licensed graphic shirts across the men’s, boys’ and ladies’ departments,” Sarah McKinney, the Director of Communications at WalMart, told E! News.
She added: “WalMart currently sells Duck Dynasty products in six different departments, from apparel to home goods to sporting gear and Band-Aids.”
Next year, a Duck Commander cruise will be available for fans. The luxury Standby Balcony Cabin fetches up to $1,564.00. The Duck Commander cruises are already sold out for 2014.
The family sells kitchen products including marinade, seasonings, cups and a cooking DVD.
Other products sold on their website include hunting gear, bobbleheads, air fresheners, caps, keychains, bracelets, bandanas, mugs, plates, napkins, drink koozies and fake beards. And, of course, the $650 Catnapper Camo Laredo Recliner chair.
Three more Duck Dynasty books will be released in 2014, Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced on Monday.
Five books from the Robertson family already are out, including such top sellers as Happy, Happy, Happy and The Duck Commander Family.
Five books from the Robertson family already are out, including such top sellers as Happy, Happy, Happy and The Duck Commander Family
Scheduled for next year are Faith in the Duck Blind, The Women of Duck Commander and Phil-Osophy.
The Duck Dynasty series first aired in 2012. Set in Louisiana bayou country, it follows a brood of brothers who manufacture duck calls and love to go bird hunting.
Faith in the Duck Blind will be written by Jase Robertson, and according to Simon & Schuster’s website, will detail “his personal family life, his childhood days with a drunken father, and how he came to faith.” Jase Robertson will share “his strong commitment to not be like Phil had been, opting for total abstinence from drinking and s**,” and his first date with wife Missy.
The Women of Duck Commander will bring together Miss Kay, Korie,Missy, Jessica, and Lisa Robertson‘s thoughts about what’s great – and what’s challenging – about supporting the bearded men in their lives.
No official synopsis on Phil-Osophy has been posted yet, but based on the title, it sounds as though Phil Robertson will be sharing more of his beloved nuggets of wisdom about living life to the fullest.
One of Willie Robertson’s favorite recipes is Beans and Rice.
Excerpts from the book The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson.
The Duck Commander CEO and Duck Dynasty star said: “A short time after Phil’s family moved to Dixie, [his father] Pa fell eighteen feet from the floor of a drilling rig and landed on his head. He broke two vertebrae in his back and ruptured his stomach. The accident nearly killed him. Doctors fused the vertebrae in his back with bone from his hip and repaired his stomach. But Pa was forced to wear a heavy Plaster-of-Paris cast from neck to hip for nearly two years and obviously couldn’t work. Making matters worse, Granny was confined to a mental hospital at the time, so Pa was left to care for five of his children while he was immobilized.
“Phil’s older brothers, Jimmy Frank and Harold, were enrolled in classes at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Both of them volunteered to come home and work to help the family make ends meet. But Pa insisted they stay in school and finish their education. The family somehow survived on Pa’s disability checks of thirty-five dollars a week. Phil’s older sister, Judy, did most of the cooking and cared for her younger siblings, Silas and Jan. Tommy and Phil gathered pecans and sold them to local markets. The family subsided on rice and beans, cornbread, and whatever fish and game the boys could catch. Rice and beans was a staple dish at the Robertson dinner table. A hundred-pound bag of rice and several cans of beans would last for weeks. There are dozens of ways to prepare rice and beans, and the recipes could be altered by adding a simple gravy or squirrels, quail, or fish so it was a perfect meal for the struggling Robertson family.
“You can be creative with this. Don’t worry about doing it exactly the way it is written, try stuff, if you don’t have an ingredient make it anyway. I make beans every time we make or buy a ham — the ham bone is the key. You will find hunks of that ham when it cooks off the bone that you never knew existed and they are delicious. NEVER throw ham bone away!”
One of Willie Robertson’s favorite recipes is Beans and Rice
1 pound dry kidney Pinto beans
1/3 cup olive oil
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
6 cups water
a couple of slices of bacon, cut up
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (less if you are feeding kids)
2 bay leaves (if you don’t have it in your cabinet don’t worry about it)
a pinch of brown sugar
1 teaspoon Phil Robertson’s Cajun Style Seasoning
1 tablespoon parsley flakes (again, don’t sweat it if you don’t have it)
1 pound Andouille sausage, sliced (Add more if you like sausage, or a different kind if this is too spicy.)
Ham bone with as much ham left on it as you want (I buy one that is honey glazed, take the ham off for sandwiches, then use what’s left for beans)
4 cups water
2 cups long grain white rice
Louisiana Hot Sauce
Rinse beans and transfer to a large pot with ham bone six cups of water. Make sure the water is covers all the beans.
In a skillet, heat olive oil and cut up bacon over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, and celery for three to four minutes.
Stir cooked vegetables into beans.
Season with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, parsley, and Cajun Style Seasoning.
Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to medium and cook 4 to 6 hours, or until beans are soft and done. Simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
Cut sausage into slices and brown in skillet on medium heat with a teaspoon of olive oil.
Stir sausage into beans towards the end of cooking time and continue to simmer for thirty minutes.
Add a pinch of brown sugar to taste.
In a saucepan, bring water and rice to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for twenty minutes. Serve beans over steamed white rice and add plenty of Louisiana Hot Sauce.
One of Willie Robertson’s favorite recipes is Garlic Frog Legs.
Excerpts from the book The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson.
The Duck Commander CEO and Duck Dynasty star said: “Many things in life – whether it’s food, business, or even someone’s personality – slowly evolve over time. They don’t necessarily get better overnight, but if you keep working at them and stay focused, chances are they’re going to end up being better than when you started. Take for instance my recipe for frog legs. When I was growing up, Kay’s frog legs were one of my favorite meals. But as I got older, I started experimenting with ways to cook frog legs and added my own personal touch to her recipe. Kay has probably never heard of garlic-infused grape seed oil (she’s never used anything but butter or Crisco), but that’s what I like to use to fry my frog legs. And for the record there are many infused olive oils I like using nowadays. Kay still doesn’t understand how they “infuse” oil, but I tell her, <<Don’t question, just enjoy>>.
“I had some frogs and garlic and dreamed this up one night. It is so good. For the few hundred who will actually go get frogs, try it. The rest, well… use chicken instead. Good luck.”
One of Willie Robertson’s favorite recipes is Garlic Frog Legs
Bunch of frog legs
Garlic-infused grape seed oil
Can of beer
Phil Robertson’s Zesty Cajun Style Seasoning
Bulb of garlic
Soak frog legs in beer for an hour or so.
Season frog legs with Zesty Cajun Style Seasoning.
Roll frog legs in flour and set aside.
In a large black skillet bring butter and grape seed oil up to high (don’t burn the butter, it will brown when burning). It doesn’t take much oil and butter, just about a half-inch or so.
When oil and butter starts sizzling, put frog legs in and brown on each side. It should be about halfway up on frogs, just enough to brown.
If butter gets low, throw another half stick in. Set browned frog legs aside.
With what’s left in the pan, add white wine, garlic (whole pods, peeled), mushrooms, and cook for three to four minutes.
Add frog legs to white wine mix. Cover and cook at 300 degrees F for thirty minutes until meat is falling off bone. (You will know it’s done, believe me!)
One of Willie Robertson’s favorite recipes is Duck Wraps.
Excerpts from the book The Duck Commander Family by Willie and Korie Robertson.
The Duck Commander CEO and Duck Dynasty star said: “I like to say Duck Commander is a lot like duck wraps. Huh? No, really it is. It’s a bunch of things that may not seem like they belong together, but when they all come together they make something spectacular. Everyone at Duck Commander brings something special to the table, and rather than fighting against one another, we complement each other. Do we have our disagreements? Of course! But we don’t take away from the unique flavors each one brings. We are all held together by a common love for family and for ducks, but more importantly we are fortunate to share a common faith. Our faith is the toothpick that holds the entire wrap together. If it wasn’t for our faith in God, I can assure you, we would fall apart.
“Simply the best way for my taste buds to eat a duck. I wrap many things but duck has such a good flavor. Play with it and add different types of “sweets” for topping. Honey is great but there are others. If you bite into the first one and don’t think it’s done, don’t panic, put them all in a pot and let them steam on low fire.”
One of Willie Robertson’s favorite recipes is Duck Wraps
8 to 12 duck breasts
1 pound thin-sliced bacon
8 to 12 jalapeno slices
1 package cream cheese
1 package Duck Commander Rub
1 jar of honey
Soak duck breasts in salt water overnight in the refrigerator.
Cut an incision down the length of each breast and stuff with cream cheese and one jalapeno slice.
Coat each stuffed duck breast with Duck Commander Rub and wrap each with one slice of bacon, securing the wrap with a toothpick.
Cook wraps on an open grill until bacon is crisp and cream cheese starts to ooze out (it’s okay for the wrap to be medium-rare; don’t overcook or it will dry out).
Drizzle wraps with honey and cook for an additional two minutes.
Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson and his wife Korie are the proud parents of five children, both biological and adopted.
In a touching video footage, Willie Robertson talked about the adoption of their biracial son Lil Will.
Korie and Willie Robertson’s adopted son, Lil Will, has appeared in some episodes of Duck Dynasty. The couple, who have known each other since they were young children, are also raising daughter Rebecca as a foster child, after having hosted her initially as an exchange student. Willie and Korie Robertson’s biological children are John Luke, Sadie, and Bella.
Korie and Willie Robertson’s adopted son, Lil Will, has appeared in some episodes of Duck Dynasty
In Korie Robertson’s Twitter bio she calls herself the “proud wife” of Willie, and touches on their unique family situation: “Mom to four awesome kids plus a sweet exchange student who became ours. Love my big family. Thankful. God is good.”
Though not originally from a hunting family, Korie fit in with the Robertsons right away.
As Willie Robertson’s wife and business partner, she helped him grow the company into an ever-expanding enterprise. She serves as the Duck Commander office manager and has to make her presence known in order to keep the workshop from turning into a funhouse.
Korie met Willie Robertson in third grade when he asked her to go on a moonlit hike at summer camp.
Duck Dynasty guys Willie, Jase and Si Robertson were invited at a sold-out show at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel to share stories, their faith, duck call demonstrations, and hunting tips on September 22.
“People are thinking, what in the world are these guys going to do on stage?” Jase Robertson told The Daily Tribune.
Duck Dynasty guys Willie, Jase and Si Robertson were invited at a sold-out show at Detroit’s MotorCity Casino Hotel
“We share stories of our lives. We share our faith. We banter back and forth. A lot of that is off the top of our heads. When we get together, that’s the way we are.”
The Robertsons’ patriarch Phil Robertson created the Duck Commander duck call in 1972 and founded Duck Commander Co. in 1973.
All the family members were raised to hunt and cook duck, dove, squirrel, deer, geese and turkey.