Assuming your breeder has vetted this person, tough it out and make this happen. It will be the easiest and best solution for the puppy.
Are you sure? That's a hell of a commitment to make.
Yup. When he was a puppy. From the Ruffed Grouse Society banquet or something. I guess he was from a good field line or something. You know how auctions turn in to pissing contests among men. I don't know exactly what he paid for it, but I'm pretty sure it was over $2K. The dog has a lot of natural hunting ability.
I've seen fox hounds auctioned in a similar manner at fund raiser/banquets for the History Center where I live, which has a rich heritage in fox hunting. You know, like when they ride the horses and shout "Tally-ho!" while wearing red wool riding coats chasing after 20+ barking dogs who are tracking the scent of a fox? They don't use real foxes anymore though, they just drag a fake with artificial scent on it behind a horse through the woods, and thats the scent the dogs follow. Using real foxes is considered cruel nowadays.