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'Duck Dynasty' stars swap jokes, greet fans

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2013 at 6:11 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013

Hundreds of fans arrived too late and were kept behind red velvet ropes several yards away from the stars. Some came from as far away as Cow Bay in Nova Scotia, Canada.

"Nova Scotians, they're rednecks also," said Dwayne Doucette, a Canadian who was with the group holding signs that read: "We love Duck Dynasty" and "Canada loves Duck Dynasty and Duck Commander."

Jase Robertson, whose real name is Jason, said the duck calls are still handmade, one-by-one. To meet demand, the business has gone from a dozen employees before the show aired to about 75 in the past year. They make 14,000 duck calls a week, he said.

Fans buy the duck calls even though many have no intention of hunting, he said.

Casey Cambre and his 5-year-old daughter, Ava, waited more than eight hours to be the first in line to meet the family.

"I've never done anything like this, ever, not even for a concert," said Cambre. "A lot of people like the show because it's funny. I like it because it's a good, clean, wholesome family show."

Each of the show's episodes ends with the family gathered around the dinner table in prayer.

"We're trying to infuse a little good into the American culture," Phil Robertson said. "Love God, love your neighbor, hunt ducks. Raise your kids, make them behave, love them. I don't see the down side to that."

Si Robertson, who is always with a tall cup of tea in hand, said he drinks about two gallons of unsweetened tea a day. As he sipped some during an interview, he said it was a misconception that he drinks sweet tea. That would rot his teeth, and besides, he said, he's sweet enough as it is.

"I'm so sweet I can't get out in the rain. I'll melt," he said.