Mule Deer

Mule Deer Description & Facts

Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus) is a type of deer species that is native to North America. They are named after their large ears which resemble those of a mule. They are one of the most common big-game animals in western North America, inhabiting deserts, grasslands, forests, and mountainous areas.

Here are some facts about Mule Deer

Physical Characteristics

Mule deer are easily recognizable by their large ears, which can measure up to 6 inches long, and their forked antlers. They have a distinctive black-tipped tail and a reddish-brown coat. Adults can weigh anywhere from 120 to 330 pounds, with males being larger than females.

Diet

Mule deer are herbivores, and their diet consists mainly of grasses, forbs, and shrubs. During the winter, they will also consume woody plants, such as willow and aspen. They are known to be active during the early morning and late evening and spend most of the day resting.

Habitat

Mule deer are found throughout western North America, from Alaska to Mexico. They are highly adaptable and can survive in a variety of habitats, including deserts, grasslands, forests, and mountainous areas.

Migration

Mule deer are known to migrate, with some populations traveling hundreds of miles between their summer and winter ranges. This migration is driven by a need to access food and water sources.

Reproduction

Female mule deer, also known as does, typically give birth to one or two fawns each year. The fawns are born in the spring and are able to run within hours of being born. They remain with their mother for about 8 to 12 months before becoming independent.

Conservation

Mule deer populations have declined in some areas due to habitat loss, disease, and hunting. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and manage mule deer populations, including habitat restoration and regulation of hunting practices.


In conclusion, Mule Deer are fascinating creatures that play an important role in their ecosystem and are valued by hunters and wildlife enthusiasts alike. Understanding their habits, habitat, and conservation needs is crucial to ensure the long-term survival of this iconic species.

Mule Deer Trail Camera Photos & Videos

Day picture: Maximus - Trophy Mule Deer Buck - Moultrie M-50i
122 2 Captured: Oct. 23, 2020

Maximus - Trophy Mule Deer Buck

Non-Typical Boone & Crockett Trophy Mule Deer Buck - estimated 250 points

Manufacturer: Moultrie Model: Moultrie M-50i
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


Day picture: Mule deer with two fawns - Stealth Cam GMAX 32
93 0 Captured: June 6, 2022

Mule deer with two fawns

Mule deer with two fawns - Stealth Cam GMAX 32

Manufacturer: Stealth Cam Model: Stealth Cam GMAX 32
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


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89 0 Captured: Oct. 11, 2021

Mule deer buck in snow

Mule deer buck in snow - Browning Patriot

Manufacturer: Browning Trail Cameras Model: Browning Patriot
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


Day picture: Non-Typical Mule Deer Buck - Moultrie M-50i
105 0 Captured: Oct. 23, 2021

Non-Typical Mule Deer Buck

Non-Typical Trophy SIze Mule Deer Buck

Manufacturer: Moultrie Model: Moultrie M-50i
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


Day picture: Two Mule Deer Bucks - Wosports G500 Pro
88 0 Captured: Aug. 15, 2021

Two Mule Deer Bucks

Two Mule Deer Bucks

Manufacturer: Wosports Model: Wosports G500 Pro
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


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85 0 Captured: Oct. 11, 2021

Mule Deer Buck in Snowstorm

Night video of mule deer buck during snowstorm

Manufacturer: Browning Trail Cameras Model: Browning Patriot
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


Day picture: Mule deer does from GardePro A3 - GardePro A3
83 0 Captured: May 13, 2021

Mule deer does from GardePro A3

Typical Mule deer doe from GardePro A3

Manufacturer: GardePro Model: GardePro A3
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


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111 0 Captured: Dec. 15, 2022

Mule Deer Doe & Fawns

Mule Deer Doe with two Fawns - iZEEKER iG600 Trail Camera

Manufacturer: iZEEKER Model: iZEEKER iG600
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


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112 0 Captured: Dec. 16, 2022

Non-Typical Mule Deer Buck

7x6 Non-Typical Mule Deer Buck - iZEEKER iG600 Trail Camera

Manufacturer: iZEEKER Model: iZEEKER iG600
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)


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86 0 Captured: Nov. 13, 2022

Mule Deer Buck at snow

Mule Deer Buck at snow - Bushnell Core DS-4K

Manufacturer: Bushnell Model: Bushnell Core DS-4K No Glow
Animal: Mule Deer Family: Deer (Cervidae)