Re: What to bring on my first elk hunt?
I am heading to COlorado for my fourth crack at elk hunting this year. from the past 3 years:
1) Good boots, well broken in. If new, start breaking them in now. It's not too soon.
2) If there is any verticle involved, get boots 1/2 to 1 full size longer than what you wear on flat land. Toe bump on the steep down hillls will kill your toes in a very short time.
3) If any hiking/humping involved, as mentioned before, clothes that wick. Merino wool or Under Armour type base layer. Wool / synthetic outer layers. If you are hiking/humping/going vertical, leave the Carhartts coveralls in the cabin/truck/4 wheeler.
4) Take both scopes. Start off with the 4x12. When hiking in Colorado, lighter is better. I had a Leupold LR 6.5x20x50 once upon a time. Good glass, but way too heavy. If you end up bushwacking 500 to 1000 vertical feet (or more) in a day, you will appreciate the weight savings.
5) Final thing to take on the trip is the lightest, most fit you that you can put together in time for the trip. Given the altitude, and the terrain, you need to be in the best condition possible to have the most enjoyable trip possible.
If you use the search function for this site and on 24HCF there is plenty of good information to soak up and learn. But most of all, Enjoy ! It is addicting...