Jase Robertson is a self-declared “homebody.”
When he’s not hunting or attending church, community and charity events, home is where the former star of “Duck Dynasty” fame most likes to be.
“I love being with and doing things with my family. I think that would surprise people to know that about me,” Robertson said in a recent phone interview from his home in West Monroe, La., where he lives with his wife, Missy, and daughter, Mia. Their son, Reed, and his wife, Brighton, live in Nashville, Tenn., and Cole attends Pepperdine University. He also enjoys playing golf with his brothers, Alan (the beardless brother), Willie and Jep, all of whom were featured in the A&E reality TV show.
Robertson will be the featured speaker during the Triad’s Inaugural Great Outdoor Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Denton FarmPark, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton.
“I really have one speech, which is based on the book, ‘Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family and Fowl.’ My parents weren’t Christians when I was growing up. My parents were separated, and it was after my father was saved that it really felt like we all became a family. Hunting became something we would do together, that brought us not only closer to each other, but to God.”
Starting at age 8, Jase was in the woods hunting as much as possible.
“I would miss the maximum number of days allowed at school so I could go duck hunting. When it came to missing school, my father would say, ‘Technically, you’re sick. You have duck fever, after all,” he said with a laugh.
Since April, Robertson joked, “I have fallen off the radar. Missy has kept up with my social media, but I haven’t.”
Robertson found that his family, like others, was addicted to their cell phones.
“As parents, we are the first line of defense in our children’s lives. We have to be proactive. There are so many things on the internet and social media that our kids are being exposed to today. It’s not like it was when we were kids,” he said.
He asked Mia to surrender her phone for the summer.
“I told her that I wasn’t going to be on mine, either,” he said. “I believe we are in a national crisis when it comes to internet, social media and cell phone use by our kids.”
He also invited the neighborhood kids to the house to talk about social media and its impact.
“Almost all of the kids, and their parents, came to the house,” he said. “We need to be invested in our kids. This made us have meaningful conversations. A phone can be good, but it can also sent our kids into a downward spiral. We have to be aware of what they’re being exposed to.”
This free time, he said, has allowed him to do more of one thing that he loves — frog hunting.
”Dove season starts the first week in September and I can hardly wait,” he said.
Mia, he said, has returned to playing piano. She went on a mission trip this summer and “now she finds she has all of this free time.”
During the 11 seasons of the A&E reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” Robertson said that while the production company would steer the show, “I never really got stressed out about it. I would show up and be myself.”
“It was one of the few TV shows out there, in my opinion, that promoted good, clean fun. I feel that we have a responsibility to do that. There’s so much bad stuff on TV. You need something the whole family can watch together,” he said.
Since the show ended in March, 2017, “life just picked right back up,” he said.
Missy started her own jewelry line called Laminin, which is created by women who have been victims of sex trafficking, homelessness and addiction.
“It’s a spiritual, Jesus-centered business,” he said.
Jase and his oldest brother, Alan, are part of a podcast with their dad, Phil. “Unashamed with Phil Robertson” features Alan as the moderator.
“To be honest, nowadays, things feel about as chaotic as they did in the ‘Duck Dynasty’ days,” he said. “It reminds me of how the TV show worked, though, because I will show up, sit down and start talking. It’s real, it’s raw and it’s unedited.”
Robertson admits that he had never listened to a podcast before, but the process has happened organically.
“We encourage folks to Google it and give us a listen,” he said. “We’re in such a cell-phone-oriented society that it’s so important to talk face-to-face. I believe that it’s important to use all of our blessings to do something positive.”