I don't hunt much anymore, and where I live now, you want more of a brush gun, not a lot of long range shots in this part of the state. So iron sites, and shorter barrels are common here. Often in ridiculously large calibers like 45-70, due to the fact you want a very quick kill when at close range with dangerous game like bear and moose. But as far as scopes go, if you can afford them, you can't go wrong with Leopold.
Fun Fact: Leopold and Stevens is a Beaverton Oregon company, and I used to work as a subcontractor for them back in the early 90's. I got to take a guided tour of their plant, and the guy who showed us around told us some of their history. Back in the day L&S used to use silk from black widow spiders to make the crosshairs for their scope reticles.
The science of polymers wasn’t what it is today, and they couldn’t get a thinner fiber for the cross hairs that was strong enough to hold up to the recoil of a high powered rifle scope. So they had their own black widow breading, and harvesting section for several years before technology caught up, and then they transitioned to use synthetic fibers for the cross hairs.
Can you imagine having the job of milking the silk out of black widow spiders to make cross hairs with them, lol.