Outdoor Friends: Mule deer are deer of wide open spaces

Outdoor Friends
2009-12-10T00:00:00Z Outdoor Friends: Mule deer are deer of wide open spacesBy Larry Myhre - lfentfish@msn.com Sioux City Journal
December 10, 2009 12:00 am  • 

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.

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