Last fall, Drinkall and his partner acquired the outfitting rights to a huge area covering over 3,000 square miles, extending from the Chetwynd area all the way to the Alberta border some 120 miles away. As I reported previously, their plan was to tie up private leases to eliminate local hunting pressure and to implement intense wildlife management on those leases. Both concepts - tying up private land for hunting and deer management - were almost unheard of in this area.
There were several reasons why I felt that this new operation showed promise. The first was my experience hunting this same area with other outfitters years ago. I killed some nice bucks on those hunts and saw enough mounts and racks from bucks killed by locals to convince me that the genetics there were very good. Second, Drinkall knows what it takes to kill big bucks, and our conversations convinced me that both partners were committed to developing a successful deer hunting operation. The third reason was that British Columbia allows hunters to take both a mule deer and whitetail on the same hunt. Fourth, outfitters can bait for deer, as well as plant and hunt over food........(continued)