I've done a search and have seen a few thoughts on this. Apologies if there is a thread that answers the question but I didn't find one.
When stalking deer:
When does your variable scope really earn its money?
Are there times when you're really glad you're not confined by a fixed mag scope?
Do you use the full range of magnification or is anything beyond about 12x rarely used?
Do you regularly use the scope for observation at mag beyond the limit of your bins?
If the truth be told do we love the marketing and allure of a new piece of high end glass only to set it on 6x or 8x to zero and then pretty much leave it there?
So much will depend on the specifics of when/where you're stalking (ie woodland, open hill, limited summertime high seat observation) but any thoughts appreciated.