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.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...