Snow Storm Muley - National Bison Range, Montana
A mature mule deer buck stops browsing through the willows to inspect the photographer during a snow storm in western Montana's National Bison Range. I stopped to explore this area while in the middle of a 500 mile drive from south-central Montana to north Idaho. I ended up stopping for about two hours to observe and photograph this mule deer buck along with several other deer. Well worth the detour.
The mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a deer indigenous to western North America; it is named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. Two subspecies of mule deer are grouped into the black-tailed deer.