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.
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.|