Last year, he took a handful of hunters here and says all killed 150-class bucks. He's quick to point out, however, that these were experienced hunters willing to pass on the 130- to 140-class bucks usually seen and harvested here. Even bigger bucks are possible, as several 170-class bucks have been taken in this part of the country in past years, but Purviance says clients should not come here expecting that kind of a trophy.
Hunting is done on private properties in canyon river country with some scattered wheat fields. Access is on foot, requiring moderate physical shape. Clients are shown where to find the blinds, typically a ¼-mile walk from the road, and are then responsible for getting in and out on their own using their own transportation. Purviance has over 60 blinds set up, some are ground blinds, and others are elevated. All feature shooting rests. As this is a semi-guided hunt, a guide will be available to oversee things and help hunters retrieve their deer. Hunters are allowed to arrive a day early to learn the property boundaries, stand locations and deer patterns.
Purviance offers muzzleloader hunts from October 22-25 and 27-30. Rifle hunts take place November 19-22 and 26-29. He is taking a maximum of six hunters per hunt period, and stresses that these hunts are for experienced whitetail hunters who can judge deer quality on their own and get in and out of the hunt area with minimal assistance. Licenses for these hunts are available over the counter for $201. The four-day hunts are priced at $2,000 and do not include lodging or meals. Motels are available within 10 to 35 miles........(continued)