A mule deer buck sticks his tongue out during a snow storm, likely dampening his nose or cleaning his nostrils. The timing of the capture gives the illusion that he is trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue. If you look closely, you can actually see that a falling snowflake lines up perfectly with his tongue to look like he caught one. Captured in western Montana's National Bison Range.
The most noticeable differences between white-tailed and mule deer are the size of their ears, the color of their tails, and the configuration of their antlers. In many cases, body size is also a key difference. The mule deer's tail is black-tipped, whereas the whitetail's is not. Mule deer antlers are bifurcated; they "fork" as they grow, rather than branching from a single main beam, as is the case with whitetails. Each spring, a buck's antlers start to regrow almost immediately after the old.. more