Big Sky Country has earned a reputation as the West's number one producer of big bucks, and the odds of bagging a trophy, especially on private lands, are still excellent across much of the state despite herd declines after harsh winters. Eastern Montana, Regions 6 & 7, were hit the hardest, according to wildlife official Quentin Kujala. He describes those populations as significantly decreased. Whitetails are widely distributed, however, and news gets better the further one looks West within the huge state. Kujala notes that Central Montana, Regions 3 & 4, saw slight decreases in whitetails, but that populations are still healthy. In the Northwest Corner, where populations were significantly decreased after the winters of 2008 and 2009, biologists now see the beginnings of a sharp rebound, due to successive mild winters and a favorable spring.