Is a mule deer bigger than a white tail?

While it’s hard to determine size and weight in the field, in Colorado, mule deer tend to be a bit bigger and weigh in a little heavier than white-tailed deer. The mule deer stands three to three and a half feet tall at the shoulder, with bucks weighing 125-250 pounds.

What 3 major characteristics differentiates the white tail deer and the mule deer?

Therefore, the main difference between whitetail and mule deer is their body size, fur colour, ears, antlers, and behaviour.

What color tail do mule deer have?

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are easy to identify due to their large mule-like ears. They are brownish-gray in color, have a white rump patch and a small white tail with a black tip.

Do mule deer lift their tails?

The Behavior They tend not to spook as easy as whitetails. Mule deer are identifiable in the way they move, too. Whitetails don’t do that. They just tuck tail (or, raise tail, rather) and run for the hills.

Can mule deer and whitetail cross?

Whitetail bucks will breed with mule deer does, and the offspring usually retain the whitetail characteristics. Reverse mating — mule deer bucks to whitetail does — is rarer. So where the two species share a common range, the whitetail tends to dominate.

Do mule deer taste good?

Because the whitetails that I’ve eaten came from farms, they were mostly fed on corn and thus, farm deer taste better than mountain deer. Since mule deer are mostly found in the mountains, they don’t taste quite as good as a whitetail from a farm. However, a mule deer is still very edible.

Does mule deer vs whitetail taste better?

I don’t discern much difference in taste between the two and feel a good mule deer is every bit as good eating as a whitetail. The only thing I have noticed is that in the rut, mule deer bucks seem to be gamier smelling than a whitetail buck and the meat can be stronger tasting when they are rutting hard.

Are black tail and mule deer the same?

Two forms of black-tailed deer or blacktail deer that occupy coastal woodlands in the Pacific Northwest of North America are subspecies of the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). They have sometimes been treated as a species, but virtually all recent authorities maintain they are subspecies.

Does mule deer taste like whitetail?

Are mule deer aggressive?

They have a very strong instinct to aggressively defend their fawns when people, especially those walking their dogs, come anywhere near. Although deer may look cute and harmless, they can become very aggressive to people and dogs, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).