Blackbird, sorry I wasn't more clear: as stated above, the new 3-9 and 10X HD have FAR SUPERIOR glass compared to the older fixed 10X. And yes, I would say the 3-9 is as good as the 3-9 Conquest and held its own nicely against some much higher-priced glass.
I've never been ground hog hunting (but would like to someday.) I don't generally advise scopes over about 15X for most siutations - then again, my game is mostly tactical scopes.
As Wes said (Ufriend, that is) the S3 series from Sightron is quite good for the money. I did a review a few months back, I liked the scope allot. For the money, I've seen nothing that beats it.
If money were no object, there are other scopes I'd buy first, but nothing is a better deal that I've seen or shot.http://www.opticstalk.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=18547