Revisiting Whitetail Hunting With Mt. Hide Outfitters


Published: October - 2006

Steve Purviance, owner of Mt. Hide Outfitters has earned a reputation for getting his clients giant whitetails for the last nine years. I've had several of my friends kill book whitetails with this outfit, and I'm confident that it is a good choice if you want to hunt carefully selected private leases in Kansas, Nebraska, Texas or Purviance's home state of Oklahoma. His degree in wildlife conservation and a long family history in the outdoors have provided a sound background for the development of this successful full-time hunting operation. Although Purviance also offers hunts for antelope, aoudad, mule deer, elk and upland birds, his passion is hunting whitetails and that's what I'm going to concentrate on here.

Let's start with his hunts in Kansas, a state well known for producing outstanding whitetail bucks and where Purviance hunts some of the best units: 15, 16, and new this year, 17. This is country with a variety of hunting terrain, from CRP grassland with brushy draws to thick river bottom hardwoods. His best buck killed last year in Unit 15 scored 165 points, and Unit 16 produced a whopper scoring 187 points. Purviance says his Kansas bucks average 150 to 155 points, but a client has a good chance of harvesting a 170-plus buck.

His largest-ever buck killed in Kansas scored 194 points; that's the quality that draws dedicated whitetail hunting nuts to enter this state's lottery every year. While the chances of drawing a tag are getting tougher each season, Purviance has access to some coveted landowner permits. Also, this state has implemented a preference point system, so the odds of drawing increase dramatically the second year of applying. If you're interested, I suggest calling Purviance in April or early May, since you will have to apply in a specific unit. Nonresident applications are normally due in late May. Call 800-918-2877 for the forms or visit www.kdwp.state.ks.us. Purviance says that about 50 percent of his hunters draw each year, saving the cost of a landowner permit, which averaged over $2,250 last year.

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