Montana Outdoors

January 8, 2016

Mule deer

Filed under: Animals, Mule deer, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:17 pm

Behind the local Ranger Station there is a half-section of land that rises for a mile up a fairly open south-facing slope that is used as a summer pasture for the Forest Service pack horses and mules and also as a protected winter range for a sizable herd of mule deer. Yesterday A friend called to tell me that she had recently hiked through the area and found that the deer spending the winter there were fairly mellow and could be approached to within camera range, and so today we went back to get a few photos. Here are some that I brought back, all taken with a 70-300mm lens.

Mule deer doe

Mule deer doe feeding

Inquisitive

Inquisitive

There's a sound in the wind

There’s a sound in the wind

Ears above he grass

Ears above the grass

Sounds coming from two places

Sounds coming from two places

Let's talk this over

Let’s talk this over

Don't get up

Don’t bother to get up

Aware but unconcerned

Aware but not concerned

Should I jump, or...

Should I jump, or…

Snychronized

Synchronized

Protective

Protective

Curious

Curious

The herd

Part of the herd

June 2, 2011

In velvet

Filed under: Mule deer — Tags: — montucky @ 9:58 pm

Mule deer

October 28, 2010

Three bucks

Filed under: Animals, Mule deer — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:46 pm

Although it’s hunting season here in western Montana, these three are perfectly safe inside the National Bison Range.

Mulie

Mulie

Mulie

October 25, 2010

Favorite face

Filed under: Animals, Mule deer — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:07 pm

Of all of the wildlife in this area, I think the Mule deer has the prettiest face:

Mule deer doe

Now you see her…

Mule deer (hiding)

now you don’t!

March 24, 2010

Mule deer

Mule deer

They are named that because of the size of their ears.

(266)

November 6, 2007

I chose to use the camera instead

After thoroughly examining him through my rifle scope, I chose to shoot this Mulie with the camera instead. I may regret that later, but for now I’ll keep looking for one with more hardware, although he has exceptionally large antlers for a 2X2!

Mule deer buck

Mule deer buck

Here’s the view he has each morning from his front window:

Clark Fork Valley

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