I am having the most diabolical net problems and this will be the fourth time I have sent this reply.
Very quickly, tried the reticle illuminated at its lowest power (useless at any other - complete washout) and on a really dark target in poor light, it was miles better than the plain reticle which was almost impossible to see.
I dont shoot anything that is that dark, so probably have no need of the illumination.
If you are shooting Black Bear (which I hope is black) then there would most likely be a need.
I do see where you are coming from now.