I hired a guide in nm a couple years ago and he flew my unit twice if I hired him to guide me. I just wish I was in the plane to learn more about the area. I found the elk after he took off with another hunter 8 miles away. Never closed the deal cause there was only 2 days left. You got the money to have them scout by plane, u might as well get in there and learn the area from a google perspective. Yes u can see animals if their a good pilot.