New Mexico 16A Archery DIY or Outfitter?

Mathews

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Contact me or David Mathews if you decide to go the outfitted route, we kill as good of elk as anyone on the gila
 

Gila

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If it were my hunt? No way I’d hire an outfitter. I like to do it my way. Which may not be the outfitter way.
Me to, but we are local so we can get familiar with the unit and scout. Plus I have all of the gear including my camp. Some of these guys need to jump on a plane.
 

ShakeDown

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Last year 1st season we found over 30 bulls. Only 1 that my brother wanted to focus on. Never caught up with him.

The unit has tons of road access and elk everywhere. Just need to hunt smart and use your glass.

I also know several guides in 16a. I would go unguided, but ymmv.
 

trophyhill

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Let me know what you find out. I’ll return the favor as I’m looking for a decent drop camp with horse support for 16b/22.
Never, ever thought I would draw an archery tag in the gila. I will honor this tag as an OIL with my heart in it.
My background is that I’ve guided CO for 15 years including many tours in 76.
So, I will call/stalk for myself. But given the nature of the Gila (which I have hunted previously, general 16 deer) I feel like it calls for support. After reading what you vets have said in this thread, I’m having second thoughts. would no drop camp and only DIY be a better more mobile/dynamic experience? definitely see the more rewarding side of a DIY. My concern is hiking out a bull 2-4 miles back without spoiling? I can physically pull it off. Just don’t want to F up something this sacred.
thanks and good luck Fransena!
2 to 4 miles is very doable in A. They may even be screaming at that time.
Me to, but we are local so we can get familiar with the unit and scout. Plus I have all of the gear including my camp. Some of these guys need to jump on a plane.
i still wouldn’t hire a guide. My first hunt in the Gila, I was living on a rock called Oahu. I had to fly to get here and back as well. I wouldn’t trade that diy experience for anything. I’ll never forget watching that bull looking for that cow (me) he thought he heard and steering him right where I wanted him for the shot. The gratification of doing it all, from e scouting to packing my 1st bull out to eating elk on an island in the Pacific was such a great experience and memory, I wouldn’t trade it for all the tea in Wuhan
 

slim9300

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What kind of hunt do you want? I have archery hunted the unit. There are two ways to go about your hunt. Sit water or run and gun. Water will result in 1-2 sure shots at 300”+ bulls (likely bigger), and the other really depends on your ability but has the potential for a shot every day. Do you want a fun hunt or do you want a sure deal? This is what you will need to decide.


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okcrew

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I drew a early season tag last year. Wasn't able to connect on a bull but saw a few dandy bulls. It was crowded and people all over on utvs.
 

elkhuntinut

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It’s all in what your preference is. With a limited tag some choose to maximize their time and the hunt thus using an outfitter. There time and experience in the unit plus knowing what’s there is valuable.

Some may choose to DIY as it’s “part of the hunt” and the preparation of it all.

whatever your personal choice, be prepared to eat the tag and above all enjoy that experience. You have a great tag !
 

WRO

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Jeff Lester is a beast as well, nothing beats familiarity with the unit.

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Daniel0307

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I would get down there and scout the crap out of it right before the hunt. Hiring an outfitter is no guarantee
That’s exactly what I would do... scout scout scout 3-4 days ahead of as much as possible ... you have enough experience to take a nice bull and save yourself lots of money.. no guarentees with an outfitter
 

jingalls

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frans, I and a buddy have 16A first season. I’m from KS he’s from MT. We were in 16A last week scouting and hanging cameras. Guides were there scouting and hanging cameras as well. If you are willing to walk you will find the honey holes.

The big issue is camping. We’re going down a week before season to scout a second time. So that’s potentially 3 weeks camping. We don’t want to tent it that long so we’re looking for a trailer. And someone with a second season tag that’s wanting to do the same thing we are. PM me and we can talk about the options.
 

Gila

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frans, I and a buddy have 16A first season. I’m from KS he’s from MT. We were in 16A last week scouting and hanging cameras. Guides were there scouting and hanging cameras as well. If you are willing to walk you will find the honey holes.

The big issue is camping. We’re going down a week before season to scout a second time. So that’s potentially 3 weeks camping. We don’t want to tent it that long so we’re looking for a trailer. And someone with a second season tag that’s wanting to do the same thing we are. PM me and we can talk about the options.
You shouldn’t have a problem finding a place to trailer camp. You can camp just about anywhere you can find a place to get your trailer into. Get there two days before the opener and you should be able to camp where you had planned. Some people use their UTV to get to the hunting area from camp. That’s what I do anyway. If you want power you will need a generator.
 

mike123

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frans, I and a buddy have 16A first season. I’m from KS he’s from MT. We were in 16A last week scouting and hanging cameras. Guides were there scouting and hanging cameras as well. If you are willing to walk you will find the honey holes.

The big issue is camping. We’re going down a week before season to scout a second time. So that’s potentially 3 weeks camping. We don’t want to tent it that long so we’re looking for a trailer. And someone with a second season tag that’s wanting to do the same thing we are. PM me and we can talk about the options.
Hope your cams in 16a are doing better than mine! We have been down 5 times since may 1st and so far we have had 7 locked cams stolen or damaged.
 

jingalls

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Great! Got a friend in Albuquerque that’s going to go check them next week. We shall see?
 

David Kaden

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Let me know what you find out. I’ll return the favor as I’m looking for a decent drop camp with horse support for 16b/22.
Never, ever thought I would draw an archery tag in the gila. I will honor this tag as an OIL with my heart in it.
My background is that I’ve guided CO for 15 years including many tours in 76.
So, I will call/stalk for myself. But given the nature of the Gila (which I have hunted previously, general 16 deer) I feel like it calls for support. After reading what you vets have said in this thread, I’m having second thoughts. would no drop camp and only DIY be a better more mobile/dynamic experience? definitely see the more rewarding side of a DIY. My concern is hiking out a bull 2-4 miles back without spoiling? I can physically pull it off. Just don’t want to F up something this sacred.
thanks and good luck Fransena!
I have horses and have hunted 16b twice taking nice bulls both times. Looking for a fit experienced hunter to share camp duties and packing to horses duties with on second archery hunt.
 
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