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This young mule deer buck looks in wonder...does he have a gun or a camera. The shutter click sent him off through the woods. Normally, this time of year, there is usually two or three feet of snow on the ground making it difficult for the wildlife to find food. However, this year's drought has made searching for food a little easier. This buck looks very healthy. This image was captured on Missouri Heights near Carbondale, Garfield County, Colorado.
The most noticeable differences between whitetails 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; in other words, they "fork" as they grow, rather than branching from a single main beam, as is...