Well with the amount of points I have accumulated I would like to get something respectable for the investment of the time not getting a first choice when I could have paid $33 for a tag instead of $500. I was saving up for a 201 hunt to get a "trophy". But to your question of what am I looking for, I know what the reality is of Colorado versus the idea many have of what a trophy is. A bull in the 320 or better class I guess would be ideal.
The Guide issue is simply because I want to be on a good lease or far enough back in to have a good chance and since i am 1500 miles away now I can't scout it and do it self-guided realistically. So if I am going to have to pay a service I might as well get a good one and let them do their job and focus on being a good and prepared client, while relaxing and taking it all in.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...