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.
I learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...