My name is Austin Jones, I’m 21 years old and have a form of Muscular Dystrophy known as Charcot-Marie-Tooth. With the help of my dad I shoot a Gearhead X16 and X16 Target model. He holds the crossbow while I look through the scope and tell him where to move. He then pulls the trigger with his thumb when I say “shoot”. My family and I have spent thousands of hours together practicing, shooting, hunting and traveling the country living life to the fullest. We run a Facebook page called Jones Boys Hunting Squad where we chronicle our adventures.
Growing up I loved hunting and the outdoors but I never knew that archery would be such a big part of my life. For my 12th birthday I got my first crossbow and soon fell in love. Over the last 9 years I have shot everything from bears and deer to elk and buffalo with hopes of completing the North American Super Slam with archery equipment one day. I served on the MNRC Youth Conservation Council and have dedicated my life to promoting hunting and conservation.
I have only been shooting competitions since 2015 with my first major shoot being the IBO World championships where I finished 2nd in the physically challenged class. I then won the National and World Championships the following year. I now shoot in the Crossbow Class at the ASA shoots and have finished in the top 9 three times n 2018. I have been blessed to hunt in 12 states and shoot archery tournaments in 8. The sport has brought me so many great opportunities, experiences and memories I otherwise would never make.
I also love producing short hunting films and telling a compelling story through a lens. We film all of our hunts and I edit some in our down time. Below is one of my favorite hunts.