A recent uptick in the public’s fascination with long-range shooting has revolutionized hunting. Not so long ago, elevation adjustments were holdover estimates based on bullet drop as it related to the animal’s body size; hold dead-on a whitetail buck at 200 yards, just under his spine at 300, and just over his back at 400, and you’re in business. Thankfully, modern optics that incorporate ballistic turrets, custom ballistic apps, and rangefinders make elevation adjustments much simpler and far more exact, but estimating windage is still a challenge. Your rangefinder and turret may give you the dope for elevation, but you’ll still have to figure out how to beat the breeze. When you’re shooting an elk or deer across a windy canyon, you must deal with a mosaic of thermals, cross currents, and topographical features that make placing your bullet exactly where you want it to strike a blend of science and art.