Low power allows you to pick up your target faster. Better for close range. Also allows you to shoot with both eyes open. Faster target acquisition. Red dot type "scopes" are great if you don't need magnification.
I used to think scopes were overrated, but then my brother in law and I got into a group of mulies as the light was failing -- he had a scope on his rifle and I didn't. He got his deer, but I couldn't see the front blade reliably enough to take the shot. I've been a scope hunter ever since.
Of course, after a few years of that mentality I hunted whitetails in the woods of Alabama. My son and I jumped three whitetail that exploded out of the brush to our right and bounded off to our left just a few yards away. I snapped my rifle up, but all I saw was tree branches.
There's no solution that works every time. Sometimes you need both.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...