Re: Advice for a rookie...
A partner whenever possible!........8x42 nikons monarchs work great for us. Good boots (I prefer a light boot but must have good ankle support) ace bandage and band aids as things happen when you wrestling them out of the brush to work on, Two knives and a small sharpener, two flash lights or rather one flashlight and one headlamp, extra batteries, water, a snack, cloth quarter bags, 20' of 1/4 rope and 20' of paracord as they almost always slide to a stop on the steepest part of the slope underneath were ever you shot them at and may need tied off in order to quarter. Some Ibuprofen.... Trust me on that one. I like heavy bullets more than bonded bullets personally. Especially with medium cartridges= the animal's adrenaline level will have a dramatic effect on how easy he falls. After the shot or shots stay calm for about 15 minutes. If you charge in hooting and hollering you may re-motivate him, let him bleed. Once he is down remain ready to shoot again for a few minutes even if you no longer have line of sight. I use a light pack and carry out the first load, dump all my gear at the truck. Trading my rifle for a handgun, my soft pack for a pack frame. Put the headlamp in a pocket and carry a bottle of water (or canteen) back in for the rest.............This is all assuming the the mountains of Colorado are comparable to the mountains of idaho........ Before the shot look down below the elk and except that :that is probably where your going to retrieve him..............good luck