Mule deer buck photos -

Mule deer buck photos are among my favorite. Mule deer, Odocoileus hemionus, are found throughout the Rocky Mountain West. Mule deer are native only to western North American. Mule deer occupy diverse and varied habitat types from mountains, to prairie grasslands and forests, even river bottoms. They have fantastic eye site, can hear extraordinarily well, and have acute smelling capabilities.  Mule deer were engineered to see long distances, hear the most subtle noises, and smell threats from long distances.

Mule deer buck photo - a large mule deer buck standing in grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - a large mule deer buck standing in grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer numbers by some estimations are nearing all time lows. In some local regions mule deer numbers are up, but across their entire range they continue to decline. Mule deer numbers are on the decline due to a number of factors including habitat loss, urbanization, depredation, extractive energy development, and competition from other species like elk. Mule deer are the subject of various studies across the west. Habitat fragmentation is likely the main cause of their recent decline.

Mule deer are also one the most coveted big game trophy species in North America. Hunters from around the world come to North American to hunt mule deer. Hunting regulations are relativity strict in some areas while other areas allow for an almost unlimited harvest.  Mule deer are are my favorite animal to photograph. Mule deer photography is a challenge. As with other species, it's not difficult to find or photograph mule deer, but capturing unique behavior and creating lasting, beautiful photographs of mule deer is a challenge.

Mule deer grow a new set of antlers every year. In the late winter their antlers are cast and new one's begin to grow imidiatly. The fleshy new growth is called "velvet." Each ear of a mule deer's life his antlers grow larger until he passes his prime - seven to eight years - then then his antlers begin to grow shorter but usually fatter. Mule deer bucks spend summers and early fall in bachelor herds usually, but not always in peer groups. Once fall begins the "velvet" sheds, or is rubbed off, and the antlers become bone hard. Mule deer mating season varies across their habitat area starting sometime in mid November in their northern range and early to mid December in their southern range in Mexico.

Below is a selection of mule deer buck photos. The images on this site are property of Tony Bynum. Any removal, clipping, or downloading for any reason is a violation federal copyright law.

Mule deer photo - mature mule deer buck with large antlers walking in the snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer photo - mature mule deer buck with large antlers walking in the snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large agressive mule deer buck walking in deep snow.      © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large agressive mule deer buck walking in deep snow.      © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - wide mule deer buck bedded in the snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - wide mule deer buck bedded in the snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck lunging though deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck lunging though deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck in snow in aspen forest. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck in snow in aspen forest. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck lunging in the snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck lunging in the snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing in snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing in snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck lip curling in deep snow among cottonwood and aspen trees. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck lip curling in deep snow among cottonwood and aspen trees. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck walking in deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck walking in deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck walking in deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck walking in deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck jumping though deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck jumping though deep snow. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - two mule deer bucks standing on hill with velvet antlers.  © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - two mule deer bucks standing on hill with velvet antlers.  © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing in tall grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing in tall grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing in tall grass on a ridge with mountains in the background. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing in tall grass on a ridge with mountains in the background. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer bucks with velvet antlers standing in green grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer bucks with velvet antlers standing in green grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck bedded in grass with large velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck bedded in grass with large velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - two mule deer buck with velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - two mule deer buck with velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck with velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck with velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer photo - a small herd of mule deer, a buck, several does and fawns on a grass covered ridge. © tony bynum

Mule deer photo - a small herd of mule deer, a buck, several does and fawns on a grass covered ridge. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - a mature mule deer buck standing in grass with forest background. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - a mature mule deer buck standing in grass with forest background. © tony bynum

  Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck with velvet antlers standing in grass. © tony bynum

 

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck with velvet antlers standing in grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck looking out from behind sage brush.        © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck looking out from behind sage brush.        © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large mule deer buck standing in grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large mule deer buck standing in grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing on a ridge, looking back over his shoulder. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - mule deer buck standing on a ridge, looking back over his shoulder. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large mule deer buck, with velvet antlers, standing in tall grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large mule deer buck, with velvet antlers, standing in tall grass. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - bachelor herd of mule deer bucks with velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - bachelor herd of mule deer bucks with velvet antlers. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - group of mule deer bucks with velvet antlers standing in wheat field. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - group of mule deer bucks with velvet antlers standing in wheat field. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large mule deer buck bedded in snow among fir trees. © tony bynum

Mule deer buck photo - large mule deer buck bedded in snow among fir trees. © tony bynum

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