I would ask where your hunting first?
What is the distance you will be shooting?
I have a leupold 3 by 9 40mm on my knigt disc. I hunt Ohio,WV and PA. Except for WV most shots would be under 100yrds so i am going to change the scope and put a straight 4 power on it. If you dont have much time shooting this ML yet you dont need a scope that will reach out very far.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...