“Here's the story of a man named Matt Smith whose purpose is helping others with fitness goals and their outdoor passions.”Words by Matt Smith
Born and raised in the Middle of the Mitten, fitness, hunting and working with people towards their goals goes together as natural as anything could for Matt.
Learning to hunt for Matt started at age 12 by harvesting his first deer with a bow and he has never looked back. Over the years, Matt has had the privilege to hunt many species and in many states including Whitetail, Antelope, Mule deer, Elk, Wild Boar, Turkey, Upland Birds, Rabbits and Squirrels in Michigan, Tennessee, Kansas, Missouri, and Wyoming. Much of Matt's hunting experience is still with a bow because he loves the challenge and the intimacy with the wild game that bow-hunting brings.
Fitness also started at a young age by playing youth soccer, baseball, basketball, football, track and wrestling between the ages of five and eighteen. After enlisting in the United States Army, it became clear that this was a passion and Matt became a Master Fitness Trainer for the Army. After 12 years in the Army Matt left to follow this passion and started Smitty’s Iron Works gym with his wife Julie where they served the greater Midland area for 12 years helping people reach their fitness goals.
Matt and his wife Julie live in Midland, MI on a Centennial Farm that became the start of a passion in learning and exercising habitat management tactics which recently led to Matt's biggest whites tail harvested to date after just two years of habitat work on the property. For Matt, putting together a habitat plan is like developing fitness program for people. It takes a good listening ear to understand what the client’s goals are and then truly caring about helping the individual reach those goals whether it is their fitness or habitat management. Matt enjoys hunting his farm with his father Vern and son Bryar, as they enjoy the traditions of taking to the field together.
This background has led to Matt becoming licensed as a Realtor specializing in Hunting and Farmland utilizing many years of customer service experience along with his hunting and habitat management skills to help people buy and sell their property.