How do you carry your rifle to the tree you intend to climb? For years, I've carried my gun in a hard, plastic gun case even if I have to walk a mile in. Reason is, I can't stand the thought of bark and other debris falling down on my rifle and scope as I climb the tree or the gun potentially bumping something as I raise it up by the pull rope. I'm anal when it comes to keeping my hunting equipment in good shape...especially my guns. I'm always looking for easier, more efficient ways of doing things so what do you guys do to protect your gun/scope until you get nestled in your climber?