Prairie Dogs

Prairie Dogs in the Wind You are in Eastern Montana and the quarry is the prairie dog. The only issue you really have is that the terrain demands shots between 400 and 500 yards and there is a gusty 10-15 mile per hour crosswind. Out comes your favorite varmint rifle chambered in .223 Remington and you have half of a pallet of 50 grain bullets in the back of the pickup. We all know that a 50 grain bullet is a bit challenging to deal with at the ranges mentioned above with the wind blowing at 15. This scenario is one that every prairie dog hunter experiences on a regular basis. Let us face the reality that prairie dogs are primarily hunted in areas that the wind is normally blowing. Wyoming has got to be one of the windiest states in the West and Eastern Montana on any given day can compete with Wyoming quite readily. On a recent trip to Eastern Montana the conditions I am describing were present the entire trip. The weather had been abnormally wet and there was mud everywhere so we could not get closer to the good dog towns on many occasions. This set up the required 400-500 yard shots. The nice thing about my Remington 700 chambered in . 223 Remington is that I have the Shepherd M556 scope on the rifle. With the Shepherd, wind becomes much less of a factor. Due to the dual reticle system in the Shepherd wind shots become about 90 percent easier than with conventional rifle scopes. When you turn the windage dial on the ballistic reticle you can see how many MOA of holdover you have adjusted for. The simple MOA grid scale in the scope shows the shooter exactly how many MOA you have adjusted for. The reality of the recent trip was that with all the things going on I was anywhere from 12 to 15 MOA hold over most of the time. Due to the Shepherds ballistic reticle with the MOA grid on it I was able to hit targets between 400 and 500 yards with a rifle and bullet combination that was really at a disadvantage in that much wind. I really wished I had thrown in my .243 with 105 grain bullets or my .308, both rifles I believe would have dealt with the wind much better than the .223/50 grain combination. The guys that I was with were shooting conventional rifle scopes, using the Kentucky windage method and not hitting a great deal of anything at those ranges, they were also shooting 6 mm stuff with bigger bullets. The point I am trying to make in this brief discussion is that it is very difficult to hold the crosshair in space, left or right of the intended target three or four feet and hit anything. When you have a precise instrument with the windage feature easily seen through the scope such as the Shepherd Rifle Scope has, it makes this task much easier to achieve. Please take a look at our website and give us a call at, we stock all the popular reticles and take pride in fast shipping.