It was unseasonably warm, close to 80 degrees, without so much as a breath of wind. Brandt was in the tree for an hour and saw nothing. At 5:25 p.m., he thought he heard something behind him. He turned just in time to see the big typical 11-point walking down a cut bank and coming within range. The buck was circling on the downwind side, and Brandt thinks the buck had detected the doe-in-heat wicks he'd hung before climbing into his perch. Brandt drew his bow as the buck was walking. When the deer stopped at 18 yards, Brandt dropped the string.