Close Encounter With Mule Deer Buck

June 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Last week while I was at the Grand Teton National Park photographing Phelps Lake which is located in the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. I had a young boy to get my attention. He wanted to let me know that a Mule Deer Buck was approaching me. I was able to slowly turn and get a few close photos of this Mule Deer before it moved on toward the lake. I also noticed that another Mule Deer was with this Buck. I think it was a female.

Both Mule Deer fed toward the lake and then turned and went back up a hill into the thick timber. You can see in my photo that this deer is starting to grow new antlers for the season.

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Mule Deer Facts


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A buck's antlers fall off during the winter, to grow again in preparation for the next season's rut.
  • Mule deer are intermediate feeders rather than pure browsers or grazers; they predominantly browse, but also eat forb vegetation, small amounts of grass, and where available, tree or shrub fruits such as beans, pods, nuts (including acorns, and berries). (Wikipedia)


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