Definition of mule deer in US English:

mule deer


  • A western North American deer with large ears. The mule deer of the Rocky Mountains has a black tipped tail; the subspecies of the northwest Pacific coast (blacktail deer) has a tail with a blackish upper side.

    Odocoileus hemionus, family Cervidae

    • ‘Most of our customers are big-game hunters going after local whitetail deer or Western big game such as elk and mule deer.’
    • ‘This 137,400-acre expanse supports prairie dogs, coyotes, foxes, black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, elk, mule deer, and over 200 kinds of birds.’
    • ‘Wildlife is plentiful, including jackrabbits, mule deer, elk, pheasant, sage grouse, barn owls, bald and golden eagles, and dozens of species of songbirds.’
    • ‘Stop along this byway to hike across broad plateaus and to admire Rocky Mountain goats, moose, black bears, grizzly bears, marmots, and mule deer.’
    • ‘In recent winters, this has produced the ghoulish spectacle of mule deer, elk and antelope starving to death in endless fields of grass.’
    • ‘But this arid valley is also a place where mule deer and pronghorn antelope come yearly to escape killer mountain snows.’
    • ‘The varied species of trees form the natural habitat for animals like the elk, the mule deer, the coyote, the skunk, the moose, the porcupine, different species of squirrels and birds of all kinds.’
    • ‘‘Coyotes, skunks, porcupines, gophers… badgers, white-tail and mule deer - we've seen it all,’ Bruce says.’
    • ‘I obtained a supply of Ackley's 100-grain, solid-copper bullets believing that they would be ideal for black bear and mule deer.’
    • ‘‘That means deer in a broad sense, including elk, mule deer and whitetail,’ he says.’
    • ‘There was no knowing how many other creatures - pronghorn antelope and mule deer among them - had abandoned the premises.’
    • ‘Elk, mule deer, wild turkeys, black bears, and pumas still roam the range, beneficiaries of its remoteness.’
    • ‘He points to deer as a modern-day analog: While the skeletons of mule deer and white-tailed deer look very similar, the animals themselves have different colors, and their ears and tails are also different.’
    • ‘Perhaps a little more exciting to catch sight of (at least for me) is the bighorn sheep, mule deer, bobcat, mountain lion, coyote or one of the amazing birds of prey.’
    • ‘Prion diseases occur in sheep, goats, mink, mule deer, elk, cats and cows.’
    • ‘Chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological ailment of elk, white-tailed deer and mule deer.’
    • ‘The company also makes a variety of lures for whitetail and mule deer, bear and elk, as well as a number of unique cover scents, including cattle, hemlock and desert prairie.’
    • ‘The free event is open to hunters bagging white-tailed deer, mule deer, or antelope in Texas during the past year.’
    • ‘Still, South Dakota offers bowhunting opportunities, and it's the jump-off for many bowhunters seeking Western-states mule deer, pronghorn, elk and the nation's favorite, whitetail deer.’
    • ‘As of June 2004, the Alberta government tested more than 5,000 heads of wild white-tailed deer, mule deer and elk for the presence of chronic wasting disease.’