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.
As I sit and glass, which is common for hunters out west, I have sort of quickly discovered something I never learned when I was younger.
In my youth I had enthusiasm and spirit. In my middle to advancing years I have creaky knees, arthritis, and I tire more easily than I used to. Where I used to sit on the cold hard ground I now look for that soft spot to sooth my tired muscles. That leads me to my tip.
Carry your soft spot with you!
In my pack I carry an air filled, ultralight, camping pad....