Camping no. Packing in, probably. I find hiking poles to be helpful keeping balance at times backpacking and almost essential hauling a pack 100 lbs full from recent success. They have saved me from toppling over. A good light pair is worth their weight and a good pair doesn't weigh that much really.
2 ACL tears in my left knee, and a torn IT band in the left knee.....all on different occasions. Poles are a must for me when descending with a full pack. For the 1.5lbs that a good set add, they are worth their weight in gold in stability and safety. Strap 90lbs on your back (typical gear plus an elk hind quarter) and hike around some uneven ground prior to your hunt with them, and without them. I'm pretty confident that you will see the advantage quickly.
Heck yes! Good lightweight poles are a must in steep country. Life saving. It could be all the difference when hunting. I never would have physically made it on some hunts without them. I work out 6 days a week and even then I use them , and can help with shooting at times.
The NightForce tripod incorporated trekking poles into the design of their tripod. I like this setup because it is multipurpose. And I definitely use the trekking poles. I am pretty sure Spartan Precision tripods can do the same thing.
Absolutely. Game changer and won’t ever be without. Get the cascade mtn tech off Amazon, the carbon fiber, flip locks, cork grips. Like 45 bucks. Super light and super tough. I personally have 3 sets, dad has 2, friends and many others with them. I’ve beat the snot outa them and zero failures.