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What's in the Duck Commander’s blind bag? These are the often overlooked items that Phil Robertson has on him at all times when duck hunting:

A can or two of sardines

Earplugs

Facepaint

Screwdriver, pliers and spark-plug wrench

Choke-tube wrench

1-pound ball of black, tarred nylon line

Folding saw

Green-label BC powder

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Phil On…

…Aiming

"There's three ways to kill 'em. You can get right on what you want to shoot, you know if you shoot right at him, he's moving – your pattern is going to be behind him. So one way is to get on him and swing through him and pull the trigger. The other way is to start out in front of him to start with, and gauge it. The last way is to get about on him, and just jerk out in front of him. I tend to do that. I'm a jerk man. It is a legitimate method. I'm not a big shotgunner, but I've shot at a lot of them, so there you go."

…Decoys

"We would rather use swimming ducks than flapping ducks. We put them around the hole, in the brush. The ducks see the ripples. We never put decoys out in front of us. Never. We never put decoys where we want the ducks to end up. We put them everywhere but there."

…Wind

"The wind needs to be in your favor. The blind must be facing with the wind in your favor. They're going to come against it. The stronger the wind is, the more they're going to come against it. And they'll come the same way every time. They won't vary five feet; they'll come the same way every time."

…Smell

"You have to remember, ducks do smell you. A lot of people don't believe that. Gadwall are the best smellers of all of them.

"A lot of times when you see ducks coming, and they'll almost get there and then right before they're in — like 60 yards or 50 — they don't flare off, they just raise up…The Mayan Indians down in Mexico, when that happens, they point to their nose and say the ducks smell us. The Indian guides move out on the sides and they hammer 'em."

…Missing

"We scientifically proved (the way most people miss). We got in a 50-foot cypress — all the way up — we put a blind up on top of it. We were above the ducks. The ducks would come down in the hole. It gave us the opportunity to see where the pattern was. You could see where you missed. You'd see the pattern hit. After about ten years of hunting that thing, (we found that) 99.9 percent of the time, when everybody missed, it was behind him. We scientifically proved, when people miss flying things (it's behind them)."

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