(c) Jack Ballard
Newcomers to Western big-game hunting are often advised to prepare themselves for longer shots than they’re accustomed to when hunting in other parts of the country. Excellent advice. However, the quest for accuracy in long-range shooting requires more than practicing at extended distances and calculating bullet drop. The wind, which blows often, blows hard and howls erratically across the Western landscape can confound shooting even more than bullet drop at long distances. When prepping for your hunt, find out how your particular cartridge/bullet combination fares in the wind. If you don’t, it’s easy to get blown off the mark.