I'm with you on the wind thing. I have several "hides" from which I regularly shoot. Distances reach beyond 1100 yards. Each one is different terrain.
After two years of shooting at hide #1, I generally multiply my wind correction by 1.5 to 1.8. This gets the first shoot closer than using the measured wind at the hide without the correction.
The wind is usually blowing from left to right with velocities typical for Idaho. Even with dead still wind at the hide I have to compensate at least a min or min and a half @ 1200 to hit the mark. More practice coming this spring (whenever that is
) and summer.
This is across a large canyon that is not quite parallel to wind direction. I have passed several shots at elk there due to lousy wind conditions.
I tried a spotting shot once but learned that our local elk are well educated to what a bullet impact is.
The other two hides are more open with only rolling terrain but at a pretty decent down angle. We'll see what spring and summer brings at these location.
It took me quite awhile to learn to not over focus on the reticle and target. When my windage impact was way unexpected I learned to observe everything going on in the field of view. It turns out, for me at least, good optics is more important for observing grass movement than observing game.
Also I don't think one has to shoot all that much to improve. When attempting to make EVERY practice shot hit the POA spot on I might get 4 shots off in 30-45 minutes. It takes a lot of study and concentrated glassing to learn which range has the dominant wind affect. I've learned that it is not always the closest wind that has the largest affect. Usually but not always.
BTW, nice cat and great shooting.