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How to Hunt

  • Hunting Calls

    The mule deer is the larger of the two Odocoileus species on average, with a height of 80–106 cm (31–42 in) at the shoulders and a nose-to-tail length ranging from 1.2 to 2.1 m (3.9 to 6.9 ft). Of this, the tail may comprise 11.6 to 23 cm (4.6 to 9.1 in). Adult bucks (male deer) normally weigh 55–150 kg (121–331 lb), averaging around 92 kg (203 lb), although trophy specimens may weigh up to 210 kg (460 lb). Does (female deer) are rather smaller and typically weigh from 43 to 90 kg (95 to 198 lb), with an average of around 68 kg (150 lb) Unlike the whitetail, the mule deer does not generally show marked size variation across its range, although environmental conditions can cause considerable weight fluctuations in any given population.

  • Tracks, Gaits, & Scat

    The front tracks are larger and may be more splayed than the rear and the dew claws on the front leg are closer to the ground and thus show more often. When the dew claws register they will be pointed out at a 30 angle behind the hoof. The rear track is smaller than the front and will usually be seen on top of the front track in a direct register. These rear foot dew claws, if seen will be pointing straight ahead.

The mule deer is a deer indigenous to western North America; it is named for its ears, which are large like those of the mule. There are believed to be several subspecies, including the black-tailed deer.