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 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