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Duck, Duck, Jeep! The Bizarre Story of Jeep Ducking

There are some interesting traditions for those in the Jeep community. While many are familiar with the “Jeep Wave,” there’s a new Jeep tradition taking the world by storm. If you’ve not heard of Jeep Ducking, it’s a quirky and fun game quickly gaining popularity.

Today, we’ll help you learn everything you need to understand the game of Duck, Duck, Jeep. You may even find yourself wanting to participate! Let’s dive in!

What Is Jeep Ducking?

The Jeep Wrangler community has a trend known as Jeep Ducking. When Jeep Wrangler participants spot another Jeep Wrangler in public, they’ll place small rubber ducks on the driver-side door handle.

They’ll often include a note with a bit of inspiration or encouragement. The goal is to spread kindness, smiles, and positive vibes, all of which are things that the world desperately needs.

What is Jeep Ducking?!? We got DUCKED!

How Did Jeep Ducking Get Started?

While the purpose of Jeep Ducking is to spread positivity, the start of Jeep Ducking was largely due to a situation that Allison Parliament, the movement’s founder, would describe as anything but positive. Allison was assaulted by a stranger while visiting a friend in Canada during the craziness of 2020.

At the time, Allison had not only tested negative for any illnesses but was also considered an essential worker by the United States and Canada. At the time, Allison was exempt from any Canadian quarantine protocols in effect for travelers crossing the border.

She stopped at a rest stop in Woodstock, Ontario, on her way to Washago, Ontario. During this stop, a very angry Canadian forcefully shoved her against her Jeep while telling her that she wasn’t welcome. It was naturally a very traumatic experience for Allison that deeply affected her.

The Beginning

During her time in Canada, Allison visited her family in Bancroft, Ontario. She went out to do some shopping and noticed a store selling a bag of rubber ducks.

Allison said, “I bought a bag with the original intention to leave them around the house for the friend with little notes to make him laugh.” However, a nearby Jeep caught her eye as Allison walked out of the store.

Without much thought, she grabbed a marker, wrote “Nice Jeep – Have a Great Day!” and left it on the Jeep. When the Jeep’s owner returned, he saw the duck and got quite a laugh.

rubber ducks on the dash of a jeep
Jeep Ducking started as a random act of kindness.

It was this encounter that launched the Jeep Ducking movement. She set up an Instagram that gained 2,000 followers in a single day.

Allison and her friend went on to create a Facebook group with almost 90,000 likes, and you can find almost 200,000 pictures tagged with #DuckDuckJeep on Instagram. It’s amazing how something as simple as a rubber duck can bring a smile to so many people’s faces.

How to Start Jeep Ducking

If you want to jump on the trend and start spreading good vibes and positivity, it’s not hard. Let’s look at how you can start making some memories playing Duck, Duck, Jeep.

There Is Only One Duck, Duck, Jeep Rule

The rules of Duck, Duck, Jeep are very simple and straightforward. All you have to do is spread happiness among the Jeep community. It’s that easy!

We caution you that spreading joy and happiness can be addicting and contagious. However, there are much worse things you could become addicted to or spread.

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Assorted Rubber Ducks
Ready to play Duck, Duck, Jeep? You’ll need an assortment of rubber ducks to get started.

Gather Rubber Ducks

The first thing you need to do is gather your army of rubber duck soldiers to help you to start spreading happiness. You can find classic yellow rubber ducks or purchase an assortment.

There’s practically an infinite amount of possibilities. Choose whichever ducks you think will do the best job spreading good vibes.

Write on Them

Once you’ve amassed your rubber ducks, you can start writing on them. The most important hashtags are #duckingjeeps and #duckduckjeep. However, participants often include personalized hashtags, websites, social media information or attach notes to the duck’s neck.

What you write can be a great way to promote your business or a local Jeep community.

Start Ducking

You’re now ready to go out and start ducking. As we said earlier, it can be addicting.

You’ll likely want to keep a constant supply of rubber ducks in your vehicle. You never know when you might see another Jeep Wrangler parked somewhere. With over 325,000 Jeep Wranglers produced from 2018 through 2022, they’re practically everywhere!

Jeep with rubber duck on the hood
When you see a Jeep you love, leave a duck on the driver’s side door or window where it can be easily seen.

Join the Duck Duck Jeep Community

If you’re going to be Jeep Ducking, you should join the Facebook community. This is a great way to stay connected and get inspiration for how you can find unique ways to spread joy and happiness to others.

They’re a very active group that maintains a very positive vibe. If you’re looking for a bit of positivity in your life, the group will do the trick!

What Kind of Jeeps Can Participate?

While the game is mostly within the Jeep Wrangler community, there’s no hard and fast rule regarding which types of Jeeps can participate. The community is very inclusive, and you typically won’t see anyone upset if a Jeep Liberty or Patriot owner plays along.

Again, they’re a very positive community that wants to spread good vibes and happiness. Creating restrictions on who can participate would be off-brand for the community.

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Can Non-Jeeps Participate?

There are no rules regarding who can participate in Duck, Duck, Jeep. Just because you don’t own a Jeep doesn’t mean you can’t join in on the fun.

Jeeps are beautiful vehicles that many car enthusiasts enjoy checking out, whether they own one or not. So don’t let your ownership status stop you from spreading good vibes to those around you! 

jeep with ducks on dashboard in parking lot
While it’s most common for Jeep Wrangler owners to participate, anyone can duck any Jeep.

Jeep Ducking a non-Jeep may seem confusing to a vehicle’s owner, but they’ll still likely get a good kick out of the random act of kindness. You can spread good cheer to anybody, regardless of the type of car they’re driving.

Spread Happiness with Duck, Duck, Jeep

Many of us feel like we live in a dark and hostile world. However, the simple and random act of Jeep Ducking can be a fun way to spread positivity and remind people to smile. We’d love to see more people jumping on the trend of spreading happiness and positivity, whether they use a rubber duck or not. These types of people make the world a better place! Will you be one of them?

Have you played Duck, Duck, Jeep? Share your experience in the comments below!

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Sunday 30th of October 2022

Hi, I'm new to all this. Hope this isn't out of line.

I got an SUV a year ago to tow something to the national parks. A couple of months ago, I got a travel trailer. I've been talking about ducking for a while, though in another context. I wonder if there is any connection?

The original case of ducks being used to spread good cheer and encourage positivity - I think - may have been the day Alex Jones found his car covered with ducks.

An earlier random duck on this mail box should have been a tip-off that the Sandy Hook parents wanted him to communicate with them.

He didn't and more and more ducks flocked to him. Apparently, he was not in the mood. Personally, I don't understand how anyone would get upset receiving a free raft of ducks.

To me, these ducks have come to represent disengagement as a prelude to levity. Alex Jones would be a lot richer now if he had joined in the fun!

Kim Smyth

Sunday 30th of October 2022

We bought our Jeep a few months ago, and the lady we bought it from had a windshield full of them! We asked her about it and she said it was a Jeep thing. Now I know the story and can’t wait to start giving and receiving 🤗☺️

Jinette Campbell

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

We duck duck jeep at the HS football games after 1/2 time. We love doing this!!

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 1st of October 2022

Such fun! :)

Kelley Miller

Wednesday 28th of September 2022

Forest River R-Pod travel trailer owners have a similar thing, but we give away frogs (Forest River Owner's Group) to other R-Pod owners when we see them. I have a bag of plastic frogs that I keep in my R-Pod.

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 1st of October 2022

That's awesome! Do they call it "frogging"?


Wednesday 28th of September 2022

Just got a new Jeep in March. Every time I get a Duck I’m so excited. Received a lot while we were at Pigeon Forge for the Great Smokey Mountain Jeep Invasion my dash is now covered in ducks!!!

Mortons on the Move

Saturday 1st of October 2022

That's awesome! :)