The I4-point Dawes County nontypical taken by 14-year-old Cole Emmett in 1998 netted 2012/8 and is only one of many northwestern Nebraska trophy whitetails. Both the Pine Ridge and the Sandhills units are good regions, with river systems such as the Niobrara, Snake, and White being particularly productive-and not just for whitetails. Sioux, Dawes, and Sheridan are among the best mule deer counties in the state as well. The No. 1 typical mule deer, a 1962/8 buck, came from Dawes County, and the top nontypical, a 2565/8, was killed by Art Thomsen near Chadron.