Yes, we will be backpacking in. Would have a packer lined up if we were fortunate enough to get a bull. Thanks for all your replies, We decided that we are just going to focus on a good elk unit 2nd 3rd week and if we get drawn great, if not well that sucks.
Good luck on the draw, if you do draw you shouldn't be dissappointed.
Be careful, a lot of 16B got burned up in the massive fire we had last summer.
I've hunted 16b/22 , it's a several times. Most recently about 4 or 5 years ago. It's basically all wilderness with good elk numbers and some really big bulls. We always went in far far FAR to get away from anyone, and always found lots of fun active bugling bulls running around. They really respond well to bugles and I called in quite a few bulls, and a few nice ones. I think the fire will help the area now, as it was pretty thick where we always went, and maybe that'll thin it out and get some yummy grass for the elk. I also hunted 16A several times and it was SICK! Sometimes seeing hundreds of elk a day! 16A you can literally park your truck, camp and hunt. Pure luxury! 16B/22 is a lot of work. The odds are really crappy in all the good units now for unguided non-res. I always apply out there just in case. For some reason NM elk taste better too... no kidding!
Well ended up putting in for 16B, 34, 52. all first season archery just to increase my odds a little.
hey favre let us know if u draw! ;) No NM for me this year because WY will be getting my full attention. (And my wife says 1 western hunt per year til my kid grows up a bit). Good luck