**18. Montana (Northwest) **
deer hunters know Montana for its muleys, but the state has a rich whitetail population, especially along the Yellowstone and Musselshell riverbottoms, in the Badlands, and in the northeast. For the largest trophy bucks, though, head to the northwest. Counties such as Flathead, Lincoln, Mineral, and Missoula dominate the record book, turning out the state's top two typicals, including Thomas Dellwo's 1993/8 from Missoula, and the third best nontypical, a 2417/8 from Flathead County.