Hi Keith and welcome to the Forum. With the exception of some Woodchucks, I really do not hunt, but I do shoot 100/200/300 yard short range bench rest as well as 600/800 and 1,000 yard bench rest.
I am of the school that your optics have to be as up to the task as your rifle. Of course then you add the ammo, your ability and the weather conditions. Many of my scopes cost more than the rifles they are mounted on.
Back when I owned a gun shop, Leupold and Unertl were top of the list, with lots of scopes underneath that. Today there are a myriad of high quality scopes in various price ranges.
For me, though there are more expensive scopes, Like Marsh, most of the scopes mounted on my precision rifles are Nightforce. I have 8x36, 12x42 benrch rest models as well as 15x55 Competition Models. New they are going to run from about $1,200 to $2,500 a piece, but on sites like www.AccurateShooter.com you can find them used on a regular basis.
My next step down is to the Sightron Line of scopes, which I think are great scopes regardless of price.
Below that I have some of the higher model Vortex Scopes, but they are on my wood chuck guns.
When weight is an issue, like in Light Varmint, short range benchrest, I go to fixed powder scopes. 36X Weaver Target Models are actually excellent for the money as are the 40X and 45X Leupold and the 40 Sightron.
With Burris Signature Zee Rings and inserts, I can mount a scope, not worry about ring marks and set up the inserts for 0 or plus or minus moa increments so it is easy to shift from one shooting distance to another.
I am not a fan of cranking scopes to their limits on vertical and prefer to have them somewhere in mid-range, so if I am shooting 100/200/300 I am set up for 200 yards and don't mind on a quality scope with a lot of range, cranking down to 100 or up to 300, but I change the mounting when switching to 600/800 and 1,000 so at a sight in of 800 I can crank down to 600 and up to 1,000.
That is my 2 cents on scopes.