Thursday, May 10, 2018

Austin Jones

Life is measured by the profound moments that touch you in ways which are unexplainable.  The moment I met Austin & Jason Jones and the time we spent together qualified as just such a moment.  Being selected to guide Austin during Annual Old West Invitational Turkey Shoot in Hulett, Wyoming was truly an amazing experience.     

The father & son duo have a multi-faceted relationship, Jason (Austin's father) serves as caregiver, chauffeur, Sherpa, and guide.  The selfless sacrifice between parent and child is unparalleled.  When the pair arrived in Wyoming, they had been on the road for weeks logging thousands of miles hunting turkeys from Florida, to Kansas, to Colorado and all points in between!

Austin Jones is a twenty-one-year-old that was born with Muscular Dystrophy and has been on breathing machine, as well as in a wheelchair since he was six years old. Austin feels his calling in life is to inspire other people.  Austin is a bow hunter and tournament archer. Last year, he hunted in seven states and shot 3D tournaments in five. He is chasing the North American Super Slam of big game animals and attempting the Turkey Grand Slam. In 2016, Austin was the International Bow Hunting Organization, World and National Champion in the physically challenged bow hunter class. 

Austin is also a budding filmmaker with wicked talent and produces some pieces for outdoor television. He has been on Ted Nugent’s “Spirt of the Wild”, “Addiction Reloaded TV”, and is currently involved “The Den” on the Pursuit Channel.             

We had a great time hunting, but an even better time hanging out.  Austin has a great sense of humor and he and Ben were relentlessly picking on each other like two old men.  
Austin let Ben shoot his Gearhead X-16 Crossbow, amazingly quite and loaded with top-end features. 
Our time together in Wyoming was brief, but parting ways felt like saying goodbye to close family.  Austin has certainly inspired me to be a better person and Jason has been an example of a father's love. 
Jason was awarded the Brian Scott Gamroth 'Spirit of the Hunt' Award.  This award is given annually to a hunt participant who exhibits sportsmanship to the highest degree.  Jason was  recognized for the unconditional love and support he provides to his family, especially his dedication and care for Austin.  Rarely has an award been given to a more worthy recipient! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

Great April

It just so happened the second day of youth turkey season was Ben's 13th Birthday and he was out of school for Easter Monday?!?!...go figure!  We seized the opportunity and made it happen.  The first few days of the youth season were brutal with high winds and cold temps. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Barn Quilt

According to the concept of barn quilts began with Donna Sue Groves and her wish to honor her mother, Maxine, and her Appalachian heritage by having a painted quilt hung on her barn in Adams County, Ohio.  No one has been able to document the location of a painted quilt square that existed prior to the Ohio Star that was painted in Adams County, Ohio in 2001. Donna Sue Groves' idea continues to inspire folks across the country to join what has become the largest grassroots public arts movement in our history.

Adding a sports logo helped to make this barn quilt project justifiable on the scale of masculinity!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Expensive Bird

The thrill of the hunt had the reins pulled back once I saw the beard and spurs on this bird!  You see...I promised my boy a full mount of his first Kansas Trophy Turkey, with a score of 67 this bird is headed to the taxidermist!      

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Good Luck Charm

On Saturday Ben and I hunted for 12 hours and came so close to sealing the deal several times.  Then on Sunday we decided to take our good luck charm.  Rylie had never been turkey hunting and wanted to tag along with us to see what all the fuss was about.  Walking into the woods, I told her she needed to be quite because we would be setting-up close to the roost tree and we didn't want to spook the turkeys.  Little did I know we had sat-up almost directly below the roost tree and when the first bird gobbled on the roost she almost screamed.  At sunrise 20 birds flew down into our decoys and put on an amazing show.  Ben yelped twice and the rest is history!  Now Rylie thinks turkey hunting is pretty fun!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

10 Minute Hunt

I am not exactly sure how many miles I have put on my truck during the first month of Turkey Season, but it feels like thousands.  After helping two youth take their first long beards, I was able to get out by myself for a hunt which took all of 10 minutes!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

30th Anniversary Kansas Governor's Turkey Hunt

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Kansas Governor's Turkey Hunt.  The Hunt is the longest running of its type in the Country.  I was honored to take Kaleb Davis of Winchester, Tennessee.  Kaleb entered the NWTF Jake's Essay Competition and his essay titled "Today's Conservation and Tomorrow's Heritage" won him a spot in the Governor's Hunt.  Kaleb was accompanied to Kansas by his father Jimmy Davis.

After hunting hard all morning we called in reinforcements!  We got the best turkey caller in the world...literally!  Billy Yargus winner of the 2016 Grand National Turkey Calling Championship and World Turkey Calling Championship joined us and was easily able to call in Kaleb's very first turkey!