That scope sucks, no other way to put it. The gun is great, however. The first rifle I ever purchased myself was a Savage 110 with the typical "package Bushnell". After the first season I used it, I upgraded to a Simmons Whitetail Classic, and still use it today - 15 yrs. later. The scope at the time was roughly $100. According to Cabela's, they still go for about the same today.
I don't know about the rifle but I've had a Simmons Aetec for 14 years. I have never had a problem with it. It isn't a top of the line scope but it's done it's job for this long. I haven't had to adjust point of impact but one time and I bumped the scope then.
Wind is one of the most crucial variables in any kind of big game hunting. It helps level the playing field between a hunter with a scoped rifle and the game animals being hunted. This is not novel information. Any hunter who has consistent success in the field knows this. I have tried a couple different techniques for keeping track of the wind. Here are a couple.
The most simple and obvious is to just stay cognizant of it. It is amazing how slight of a breeze you can sense if you just pay...