Even within Florida, some parts of FL are "a far away place". There's a running joke that says "The thing I like about Miami is that it's so close to America."Yes, it is all relative. Most training I want to attend seems to be in far away Arizona, or the upper MidWest such as Iowa or Illinois, or back in the SouthEast in distant places like Georgia or Florida.
I can confirm that Paul Butler is a fantastic instructor. Go to his website Evolved Ballistics.com for more info. He’s located in Hondo, TX which is a little over an hour west of San Antonio. I took a 2 day private course from him last year and a full day refresher course a few weeks ago. His new range at the 777 Ranch is fantastic. You definitely get a lot of experience doping wind since it’s always breezy in south Texas.Instructors name is Paul Butler. The 777 Ranch is just west of Hondo, Texas. The ranch is an Exotic Game hunting ranch of 5500 acres owned by Jeff Rann who is a big game hunter from South Africa where he has another ranch that makes this one look like a home in the suburbs. He spends 6 mo here and 6 mo there every year. Lots of experience and the accommodations are superb as is the food (Exotic meats for sure). Had Dove breasts for dinner Sunday night. For what you get, its not expensive.
Most thousand yard shooters read mirage, flags help some but you cant see the far ones unless they are huge then they are not very responsive. The problem with mirage however is that your only reading it where the scope is focused. If the range you shoot has steady winds thats ok, but if theres different winds at mid range you have to know where to focus. Wind reading is a skill that takes a long time to learn, and many hunters dont seem to worry about it much it seems. One of the best ways to learn it is to shoot at a range with pits. The instant feed back from your spotter really helps you see what a condition does to your bullet. Most likely this instructor learned on a range with pits as well.What! - no wind flags, sighters, or pulled targets with spotter discs
Paul has a Kestrel with the wind meter all set up on the firing line and he can read mirage like nobody’s business.What! - no wind flags, sighters, or pulled targets with spotter discs