I have been waiting for years to apply to AZ unit 27 for bow elk and now that I finally can draw and there are large parts (that I hear have a lot of elk) closed to all activity because of the wallow fire.

I wanted to get the opinion of a few locals as to if I should hold off until 2013. Not only are some good areas closed, and likely will remain closed for elk season, but this also forces that other hunters into smaller areas and makes the remaining open areas more crowded.

I read the emergency closure and the 7 closed areas are not going to reopen until 2013!

This is going to have a huge effect on the hunting (and not in a good way) do you agree?

I wish Eastmans would have mentioned it in their MRS, some guys are goning to draw and find large areas you cannot go at all, and crowds in the remaining areas.