Do you think Duck Dynasty is good for hunting?
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What is the effect of Duck Dynasty’s runaway popularity on hunting? On a few of the waterfowl boards I lurk, people are quick to point a finger at all the new DD-inspired hunters who have just now taken up the sport. They are the ones to blame for skyblasting, bad calling, poor manners in the marsh, and long lines at the boat ramp. Me, I wonder if that’s true. It’s not as if those aggravations didn’t exist before the show went on the air in 2012. There has been a slight uptick in duck stamp sales lately, I’m told, but I’m not sure how much credit Duck Dynasty can take.
I also read that Duck Dynasty is bad for our image because it makes people think all duck hunters are rednecks. I don’t think so. Since I don’t have a real job I’ve been mistaken for a lot of things—”college professor” is the most common—but no one looks at me and thinks “redneck.” Besides which, from what very little I have seen of the show (our cable is so basic we call it “Amish cable” and we don’t get A&E) it’s obvious that while the Robertsons are being themselves, they’re also playing a part, and the show is as much sitcom as it is reality, and the family is in on the joke.