Tony, I would have to agree with ShooterJohn and MackeralBoy too. Using a .177 may be what the CA DFG is allowing now, but it's going to take a perfect head shot to bring it down. I'm going to try this year and I'm taking my .22 Marauder. Even with it I'm going to make sure to aim for the head/brain. As far as a scope. I'm with MackeralBoy on the Leapers scope. Not bad for the buck and I have a 4-16x50 AO IR MD on my .22 Marauder. A CenterPoint Optics scope will work too, however, the clarity will not be quite as good. But for a .177 a CenterPoint Optics 3-9x40 AO MD scope would probably work well and save you a few bucks. I think Wally World carries the CenterPoint Optics scopes. I wish you a successful hunt.