If you don't live close to where you can hunt, the cost in time and money for "scouting" is much higher than most think. It just doesn't land in one big lump of a bill.
There are many reasons for a guided hunt. 1) Health, you young guys will find out more about that in time. 2) Reliable partners, I hunt alone most of the time because of a lack of these people. 3) Safty, see 1 and 2. 4) Fellowship with other hunters, that you would not likely meet otherwise. 5) Gaining knowledge. Not all people who hunt come from hunting families, etc. and only so much can be gleaned from books , DVD's or TV. Lazy, I have never met anyone that has been on a guided hunt that could be called "lazy" by any streatch of the imagination. The only thing I can conclude here is that UN is young and lacking in experience.