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.