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.
In the darkness, the hunter stumbles through the underbrush, making noise and leaving his scent seemingly EVERYWHERE!
Daylight will be here in 30 minutes and he wanted to be in the stand an hour before daylight.
"I know I left that stand RIGHT in this area last night," he mutters under his breath, "but where is it now?"
He traipses back and forth in a zig zag pattern, getting himself overheated and sweaty, but never finding the stand he left there the previous evening – and eventually sits on a...