Just wanted to say 'Hello' to everyone and introduce myself... and ask a few questions.
First off-I have been lurking around the site for a while, getting ideas and trying to start planning my first elk hunt for next year. I'm a long way off from having the gear I need but figure a year should be enough time to get the more important items... I've lived in Colorado my whole life (well 24.5 of the 25 years I've been around) except for some time away while in the Marine Corps.
I'm picking up the Marlin XL7 in 30-06 and will top it with a Nikon Prostaff scope, have lots of camping gear already and have a lot of the basic camp gear (not elk camp gear like I see some of you have) but enough to stay in the field for an extended time in relative comfort.
As far as gear goes, I'm open to suggestions on what you all deem necessary, and what is a luxury. I know I need the following and any tips would be great...
*Pack (think I might get a frame for hauling and a separate day pack)
*Boots (have some hiking boots and my combat boots-dont think either will be great for lots of snow if I run into it)
*Knives/field dressing equipment
*I'm sure there is more, but its escaping me right now...
I am planning on trying for a cow tag next year along with my brother. This will be both of our first trip. I have gone out with guys before as another set of eyes and a body for hauling meat, just never had to worry about applying for tags or anything else. That brings me to my biggest question...
1. What do I need to do to get a tag? I have checked out the DOW website and tried to figure out preference points, but dont think I have a total grasp on it. Anyone have any other website or reading suggestions to help clear it up?
2. Any reccomended reading as far as actually hunting goes? Your favorite books and authors would be great.
I hope this was the right place to post this, if not, sorry and I'll do better next time!
Cory (aka bones)