I wouldn't take a trip down there right now but after the fire has passed over an area the deer and elk will move into the burn area faster than you would think. The new browse that comes up is just the type of feed that those animals love to eat. I have actually seen deer and elk in a burn area while it is still smoldering just laying there. Now next year that burn area will be a hunters haven with patches of burned off areas with lots of feed and patches of trees that were left unburnt where they can hide or think that they can.
Yep, like Critter said, the deer love the burn area after a fire. Especially since it's happening now, it's only 3 months till the monsoon season over in Arizona, and that will leave lots and lots of fresh green sprouts for the hunting seasons this fall.
I am all too familiar with fires out here in San Diego. We had one in 2004 and one in 2007, and each one took over 1,000 homes. They were each over a quarter of a million acres. I both worked them, from a law enforcement standpoint, and hunted them shortly after, from a private citizen standpoint.
The deer will show up, as long as they avoided the fire in the first place.
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...