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GILA MONSTER: NEW MEXICO BULL ELK
After four years of waiting, Steven Rinella draws a coveted, limited-entry public land bull elk tag for New Mexico’s Gila National Forest. Steve heads into the backcountry on a solo backpack hunt where his biggest challenge is the vast expanse of hills covered in thick timber. This demanding hunt requires lots of glassing and even more hiking. Here, even just one missed opportunity could result in an empty freezer.