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.
I see all of these food plot mixes advertised - and I am sure that some of them are super - but why not experiment and come up with something that works great for your plots and your hunting land?
Here is what I did on a new place for this year - this 3. 3 acre plot started as a 10 year old abandoned field that I cleaned up - it had volunteer pines, blackberry bushes, some elm saplings, etc in it...
It was then planted in buckwheat - heavily - in early spring. I lightly fertilized it when the...