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.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...