I too always love reading your no nonsense quality hunting info advice. You ever make it out to to the east side of the Rockies lemme know we'll hunt elk in the canyon or coyotes on the plains or both!
I might have to take you up on the dog hunt. It has been a while since I went after them and there are not too many of them in my neck of the woods during the winter.
I have been using a 7-30 Waters shooting a 120 grain Nosler balistic tip at 2200fps, but am trying to figure out another caliber to shoot out of it, but I do love that 7-30. I may stick on the 357 Herrett barrel for this upcoming season. The last time that I used that caliber I dropped a raghorn 4x4 elk with it.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...