I started in one when I was big enough to hold a rifle up to my shoulder. But then my dad was a rifle instructor in the army during WWII and only expected the best and would not settle for anything else. I remember one time in high school when we went rabbit hunting and I brought home a couple of cottontails that I had body shot with a .22. His only comment was that there was a lot of wasted meat on them thar rabbits. He expected head shots with the rifle but was lienent when I was using the shotgun but he expedted for me to pick out all of the pellets while cleaning them and before cookint them. He did teach me a lot of things about long range shooting and I never could shoot as well as he could but I keep trying.
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...