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Left photo © Russell A. Graves; Right photo © Larry Ditto


Mule Deer (left) vs. White-Tailed Deer (right)

• Mule deer have antlers that fork, dividing in two. White-tailed deer's antlers have a single main beam, with tines growing out from it.

• Mule deer have longer, pointier ears set at an angle of about 30 degrees from the head. A whitetail's ears are usually more vertical.

• Mule deer generally are whiter on their faces than whitetails. White-tailed deer are a bit redder than mule deer.

• Both have a white throat patch.

• Mule deer have a dark color at the end of their tail. Whitetails have a showy white tail that they use to communicate.



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