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Mule Deer

Odocoileus hemionus


This deer is fairly large with males weighing 150–300 pounds (68–140 kg); females (does) are smaller. Their coats are typically gray. Antlers can be large with tines forking being typical in adult males.


Generally found in drier, open environments in the American West and Rocky Mountains.


The night before I took this photo we had received a 16 inch snowfall. This depth of snow must make it difficult for the deer to find food, but they all looked healthy and well-prepared for winter with heavy coats and some fat reserves.

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Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Thanks Lars and Karen for your kind comments.

Alice, Snow, of course, makes it harder to get around by either car or on foot, but it does add fill light making photography easier. I'm kind of a cold-weather person and enjoy snow.

KarenL 9 years ago

Gorgeous photo Gordon! It would make a perfect Christmas card!

LarsKorb 9 years ago

Nice and clean shot. Great.

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

To see that snow, it makes me shiver a little here in Florida. It may have been a bit easier to get pictures in some ways.

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Wonderful photo. I haven't seen too many mammal photos. A delight!

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Oct 26, 2011
Submitted on Nov 10, 2011

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