Re: What to bring on my first elk hunt?
I like the mil dot for hunting, even if you don't need it for range finding.
For example with elk, the body of an average elk is 25 inches from the top of his shoulder to the bottom of his stomach.
If you look at the critter and it covers two mils, its right at 350 yards. I zero my rifle so the point blank zero never takes it out, high or low, out of the 15 inch vital area.
So as long as the critter fits in the two mils or more, I'm in range if I hold center of the vitals.
As to what else, like mentioned depends on if you're camping or staying at the ranch headquarters.
This year I'm leaving the truck at the highway then heading in with a 4-wheeler and 4 wheeler trailer, taking tent, food, stove, lots of clothing, small shovel, ax, sleeping gear, food and gas.
Depends on how long I stay, I can store extra stuff with the truck and go back for it if I need a re-supply.
I'm hunting the Big Horns. There were a couple times I thought I'd have to leave the truck and come back for it in the spring. Once it cost $200 for a wrecker to pull me to the highway because of snow.
I figure the 4 wheeler will get me back to the truck and the snow plows will keep the road open so I can get home when I'm ready.
Got burned by my horse last year. Spent the first three days of elk season hunting horse instead of elk.