Mule deer are the deer of the western grasslands.
They like big, wide-open country with lots of canyons and wooded draws where they can find cover.
Bigger bucks often bed down high on sunny hillsides with a good view of the surrounding area.
Named for their large, mule-like ears, this deer is easily distinguished from the whitetail deer by its tail. A mulie’s tail is black-tipped with short hair. Their antlers fork as the buck grows instead of spines coming off a main beam as in the whitetail.
Another way to identify them is by their running. They “bounce” with all four feet coming down at once.
Occasionally a mule deer will show up in western Iowa, but that is extremely rare.