Looks like you guys have a ball. But I am curious about why no rang finders. The pole thing would be the ticket for the wind. No doubt at all. I couldn't think of a better way to judge the wind. But....when shots get out into the four digit range, seeing what post the animal is by doesn't compute. Lets say you think the deer is standing by the 1100 yard post......you dial in your range. But the dear is actually at 1125....only about a 2% misjudgment in range....you just hit 15 inches low (according to my sierra program and 105 a max at 3200).
I am NOT one of those guys who preaches ethics and sportsmanship and all the other stuff you see when people talk about long range hunting. I say if you have the tools (you do), the talent (you do), and practice (you obviously do) then have at it....I am just sighting the problems I have found in regards to shooting at xxxx yds. I know the use of a good spotter is invaluable. But that takes at least one shot for him to put you on target. I think a rang finder is the only way to go (imo).
I do know that even the best range finders (that are eye safe) get iffy out in xxxx land. We hunt in a canyon, so ranging to xxxx yards with the Swarovski hasn't been much of a problem. But I can see that there would be problems in the flats. Has anyone tried the Wild (not sure of the spelling) optical rang finder. I know it is Swiss army surplus, but have never seen one. They say good to 20,000 yards. I think your setup would be perfect for one of those. They are big and bulky, but, by looking at your setup.....you ain't going nowhere.