Whitetail vs Mule Deer

Whitetail Deer:

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Location of whitetail deer (source):

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Where the biggest bucks have been shot (in the lower 48):

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Mule Deer (source for this pic plus following maps):

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Location of Mule Deer varieties:

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Differences to note:

  • Central/ Eastern N. America for whitetails
  • Western N. America for mule deer
  • Mule deer are more grey
  • Whitetails are more brown
  • Mule deer have bigger ears
  • Mule deer have greyish/ black foreheads
  • Whitetails have brown foreheads
  • [Typical] whitetails have straight G-2s
  • Mule deer have bifurcated G-2s
  • Mule deer grow no or small brow tines (between the ears)
  • Whitetails grow long, or relatively long, browtines

Whitetail:

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Mule (Source):odochemi

 

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