I saw bucks out in the open on wheat-stubbled hilltops, but no buck sign in the deer nirvana of timbered draws and buckbrush along the Palouse River, except for old scrapes. Why? When pressure descends on heavy cover on a broad western landscape, deer sometimes move to where you least expect them to be: out on the open. I saw one large buck watching does in a farmhouse yard, surrounded by wheatfields for at least a half mile in every direction. I saw a mature 5x6 from several hundred yards away, atop a Palouse dune in an immense wheat field, shepherding five does.