I am a member...It is $100 a year and well worth it if you hunt big game beyond California. Like any magazine, it has bias. They do a great job breaking down each state regarding statistics etc. They make it easy to understand when to apply, how to and what to apply for in each state.
So for instance, did you know that hunt code 305 in California is one of the best Trophy areas for Rocky Mountain Elk in the entire West? California is obviously known for Tule Elk but the sleeper elk hunt is the above mentioned.
These are my express opinions derived from my experiences - I know less than most and half as much as some! ???