When Noah Smith, of Kent City, returned from a tour of duty in Iraq with the US Army in the summer of 2010, his father, Art Smith, asked him what kind of hunt he would be interested in. Noah said, “I’d like to ride horses and hunt in the mountains.”
So they decided an elk hunt out west was in order.
On November 4, after a 1,650 mile road trip to Colorado, with their friend Brian Braun, of Ann Arbor, they packed in on horse back to their tent camp for the week.
The second day of the hunt, November 6, Noah and Art rode out about 3 miles from camp and spotted elk on the far side of a huge valley.
“Jumping off the horses, we pulled our guns out of the scabbards,” related Art. “Noah was about to take this trophy 6X6, and 20 seconds later I took a 5X5 elk. Our guide, Monty, stated later that in all the years he has been guiding, he never had a father son team shoot two elk standing next to each other in a span of 20 seconds!”
Art said they would probably have Noah’s elk on display during the Hunting Time expo in Grand Rapids. It will be held January 27-29 at the Delta Plex.