It's been a long time since I hunted the Gila and have never hunted 16b.
This year I did put in. 16B is a big unit and there are no roads so horses help but there are many people who have killed big bulls without horses.
As you may know the there was a big fire last summer.
My plan A was to have someone pack me in as close to the eastern edge of the burn area as possible. If the rains come in this summer it should green up nice and the elk should be there fattening up.
Plan B was to come in from the north and bivy hunt. I wanted to cover as much ground as possible and hopefully get into elk. The place I had decide on parking was call indian creek if I remember correctly.
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...