Jones has worked as a waterfowl hunting
guide since he was 17, but his current full-time position with Balcones Resources is what made his trip to Kansas City a reality. Balcones Resources CEO Rusty Getter, who hunts with Jones in the fall, offered him sponsorship for the contest.
"He told me that he knew it meant a lot to me and how bad I wanted to call in the competition," Jones explained. "They are such great people, and he offered to sponsor my trip up here. It was a blessing."
Butch Richenback, founder of RNT Calls, said Jones' work ethic was a major factor in his development as a competitive caller.
"I'm real happy for Antonio. I remember his mother used to drop him off on Sundays when he was young, and he stuck with it," Richenback said. "A lot of kids quit, but he stuck with it and worked hard. I'm real proud of him. He'll keep winning too, because he's a good caller, and he works at it. I expect to see him on Main Street one day— maybe this year."