Paducah Welcomes Home World Goose Calling Champions
Two young men from Paducah, Kentucky are on top of the world of goose calling.
Kile Jones of Paducah, KY has won the 2018 World Championship Goose Calling Contest at the world-famous Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Maryland. This is the Champion title that all competition goose callers strive to achieve, as many of the industry’s leaders in waterfowl calling and hunting have gotten their start on the calling contest stage at the Waterfowl Festival. The 2018 contest was held on November 9.
“This is something I have wanted for so long! I won the Junior Worlds in 2008 and have wanted to win ever since. It feels amazing, I am still trying to soak it in. All my hours of practicing have finally paid off. I’ve come so close numerous times, and it finally came together. It really is a blessing and an honor to have my name next to some of the greats like Hunter Grounds, Tim Grounds, Kelley Powers, Robbie Iverson and so many more.”
Not to be outdone, 15-year-old Paducah native, Luke White won the Jr. World Goose title in just his first try, beating an impressive list of up-and-coming callers. A well-rounded caller, White also took Second Place in the Junior World Live Duck competition.
“It feels amazing, I’ve never experienced anything like it,” says an excited White. “It hit me really hard the next day when I woke up and I was thinking to myself, ‘WOW! I’m a Junior World Goose Calling Champion.’ The main reasons this was possible are that I practiced hard and never gave up. Also, I have some pretty amazing people who believe in me like Kile Jones and Kelley Powers. They helped me mold my calling skills into what they are now.”
“It feels amazing, I’ve never experienced anything like it,” says an excited White. “It hit me really hard the next day when I woke up and I was thinking to myself, ‘WOW! I’m a Junior World Goose Calling Champion.’”
“I am so dang proud of Luke,” says Kile Jones. “He has worked so hard to elevate his ability and his game. He practiced for hours every day. It is so great to see a young guy work so incredibly hard to achieve a goal.”
The World Championship Goose Calling Contest ®, founded in 1976, is the longest running goose calling contest in the United States. A list of previous winners reads like a who’s who of the waterfowl world, including such industry giants as Harold Knight, Tim Grounds, Hunter Grounds, Kelley Powers, Allen McCree, Sean Mann, Shawn Stahl, Field Hudnall and Robbie Iverson.
Jones and White each competed against 20 of the world’s best callers, with competitors from all over the United States, Canada, and as far away as New Zealand. The competition was stiff and the judging was fierce, but the skill and timing of these young callers shined through and elevated them to the top.
The two young men are both sponsored by Paducah’s POWER CALLS company, where Kile Jones is Full Time Production Manager. Power Calls is a relatively new brand of premier game calls run by the folks at Higdon Outdoors. This was Power Calls’ second World Goose Title in the last three years.