Hey I drew that hunt, my 3rd choice, but not 100% sure if I can make it this year. Damn business going to hell!! Where are you planning to camp/hunt? If I can make it I can perhaps meet up with you so we can help each other out.
Also, one thing to remember about $$$$ is to figure in the tip. I don't know if you want to hire someone just for the packing, or for guiding and packing, but usually a tip is made above and beyond the charged rate.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...