No offense taken here mate. To each his own way to satisfaction
A praire dog is different than what we call a gopher. Gophers are smaller and prairie dogs are about the size of small rabbbits. The Prairie dogs I am familiar with are probably a little larger than what AJ described.
As far as... "that looks about like 700 yds and about 5 mph wind", I have never met a person yet that could consistantly guesstimate yardage correctly (+ or - 25 yds) past 300 yds, especially in uneven terrain when not all of the fore is visible. When I got a lazer range finder, I found out how poor a range guesstimater I really was. Borrow one sometime and chalenge yourself.
If your skills are good enough to estimate range and bullet performance at 500 yds or better, for first shot accuracy, you are truely an amazing person. Otherwise, taking long shots equates to shooting and hoping, and if you are fairly good, by the second or third shot you will connect.
I once mis-estimated a bow shot on a nice antelope buck by 7 yds (30 vs the actual 37) and the arrow went directly below the chest.
So my satisfaction comes in learning the art and science of LR shooting, doing the load development, practicing and coming proficient and making a good shot.