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Born into a family of Idaho houndsmen with a legacy of big cat capture spanning generations, Smith began learning the art of wildlife tracking at a young age. He spent countless hours trailing his grandfather's hounds in pursuit of mountain lions, gaining valuable knowledge attained only by trekking endless miles in pursuit of these elusive animals. These experiences also provided him with the skills to train and work in tandem with his specialized hounds.
Raised on a cattle ranch, Smith's youth in the Idaho mountains honed his outdoors skills through both work and recreation. Following a 2-year religious service mission to Puerto Rico, where he became fluent in Spanish, he returned home to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. During his undergraduate years, Smith worked summers as a whitewater river guide on the remote Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. He also married his high school sweetheart during this time, and they are currently the parents of two active children.
Boone's Grandfather with a live cougar, circa 1968
Smith's unique skill set evolved into a career in wildlife capture, a lifelong dream. He has worked throughout North and South America for numerous studies and institutions, as well as traveling the globe on various assignments for National Geographic. Working in some of the world's most rugged terrain and conditions, he has captured some of the most elusive and endangered cats on the planet. His skills are internationally recognized and utilized by numerous research organizations and scientists.
Smith lives with his family in his hometown, near his family ranch.