Re: Anyone want to hunt elk with me in Colorado?
There's allot of great information here in LRH.
Spotting Scope, High power binoculars, rangefinder, a good ground pad, topo maps, practice shooting from various positions in the field, learn to estimate range and study aerial photos from Google earth.
Elk are easy to spot from a distance. In the early morning look for southeast facing slopes near aspens. Their coats standout and shine. I prefer to locate high points and saddles that allow me to setup in the shadows. I than scan large areas with my 8x40 binos, if I find something of interest I'll look it over with my 15x56 Leica Binoculars. If it's promising I'll study them with the spotting scope. Mark their location and my observation site on the map. I include wind speed and direction, temperature, barometric pressure, direction of the sun, if it's clear or overcast, the altitude, and the animals behavior.
Also, when hunting take advantage of any objects, rocks, shrubs, tree limbs, trunks, branches, or downed logs as improvised shooting support rest. I shooting extensively from my backpack.