Guides ARE hookers, in the literal sense. People pay guides a certain price to provide a certain service. Some are more expensive than others. Some will get you the end result you desire for a set price, but some guides will also save that "extra service" for the person they know will either pay more or tip extremely well. Some guides are really cheap, and that is called the back alley special, and you will most likely be told that animal is as good as anything you will see, and you end up blowing off early and be disappointed. Then there are those guides that give 5 star service, they work their butts off scouting and know where the animals are and have access like you wouldn't believe...........but if you havnt booked them yet, your about a year or two too late in reserving a spot for this year.......not to mention you will need to sell your liver to afford them. Or you can go to one of the hottest zones in CA on your own and have a great time knowing you did all the ground work and deserve what ever animal falls to your trigger finger!