Of all the varieties of Northern whitetails' the one least known is the one found in the Northwest. The more plentiful mule deer and the elk sell the out of state licenses and get the publicity. In fact, many hunters do not even realize that some of the largest whitetail deer in North America, and some of the best trophies, come from the Northwestern states of Idaho, Washington, Montana, and Oregon, and from the Canadian province of British Columbia. These Northwestern whitetails are probably just about as heavy as the famous whitetails of Maine, and their heads compare favorably with those of whitetails shot anywhere. The No. 4 listing in the 1964 edition of Records of North American Big Game is a whitetail shot in Flathead County, Montana, in 1963, and I have seen handsome and very large antlers nailed to barns and garages and poorly mounted on wells of backwoods bars and country stores. Mostly these big whitetails are taken not by trophy hunters but by backwoodsmen and farmers who are after meat. These whitetails of the Northwest are classified Odocoileus virginianus ochrourus.