Congratulations to you and thanks for the nice story to boot!
Perfectly fine if it wasn't "long range". IMO, the fun is mostly in the sneak anyway. In my mind, that's the major difference between hunting and shooting.
Out here in the wide open west country, we can generally get all the long range shooting we want on either steel or paper, prairie dogs or rock chucks. Sometimes we have to shoot long on big game, but I feel like it's the exception rather than the rule.