The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX

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April 19, 2011

Duck Commander to talk of hunting, Jesus’ salvation

HUNTSVILLE — “If it flies, it dies, and if it just sits there, it dies too!” If the Duckmen motto is any indication, Jase Robertson of the Outdoor Channel's “Duck Commander” promises to bring some color to Huntsville on Thursday.

In addition to crafting duck calls and producing duck hunting DVDs, Robertson and his father, Phil, travel the country spreading a message of salvation. The Huntsville Church of Christ is hosting Jase Robertson at 6 p.m. Thursday and plans to feed the first 400 folks through the door.

According to the Robertson family website at www.duckcommander.com,  “The Duckmen's lives revolve around calling ducks, eating well and spreading the Gospel.”

Matt Springfield, minister of Huntsville Church of Christ, said he has been involved with various outdoor ministries over the years. For the past 20 years, he has been using Duck Commander duck calls and when he learned of the Robertson ministry, he figured it would be a perfect fit for the community.

“They have become wildly popular after their show got on the Outdoor Channel,” Springfield said. “They come in and give a discussion on duck hunting interwoven with a testimony of Jesus Christ. They try to merge the two as often as they can.”

Springfield has seen Phil Robertson speak at what he called, “a really cool event.” He said he liked the family's style and attitude toward life.

“They are as down-to-earth and redneck as you can get,” he said. “They look as rough and tough as anybody you've ever met. There is not a single bit of misrepresentation. That is who they are. They are a wonderful group of people. I'm real excited.”

While the event will appeal to male and female hunters, Springfield said it's really an event for the whole family.

“I think it's going to be a great event for men and women who love the outdoors,” he said. “I think there's a lot of families who enjoy the outdoors and we wanted to provide quality entertainment and a speaker in that arena. I think it appeals to our culture in Huntsville in a very unique way. We are an outdoorsy-type community. We're trying to plug into that part of our culture.”

The Robertson family manufactures all their own duck calls and handles production on their line of hunting DVDs – all of which will be available for purchase Thursday night.

“They're just a regular family that have an ability to do well in the outdoors,” Springfield said. “It's a very high quality product that they do themselves. They don't farm it out. That's kind of a neat quality. They hand-assemble every duck call and package it and send it out to the dealers.”

Six local vendors, Wiesner-Chevrolet, Able Ammo, Southern Wings Taxidermy, PromoWorld, Walker County ACE Hardware and Huntsville ATV and Marine will be at the event with their products on display in what Springfield called a mini-trade show.

“It's a great chance to see companies in Huntsville that have outdoor products,” he said. “The sponsors also donated funds for one surprise door prize at the end of the night that everyone will want a chance Tickets are $5 which covers admission and a meal of sausage-on-a-stick, chips and a drink for the first 400 people through the door.

For more information, call Springfield at (936) 295-3884 or log onto www.duckcommander.com.

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