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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

How To Identify The Three Main Deer



The three main deer that are hunted in the United States are Blacktail, Whitetail, and Mule deer. I am going to tell you how to tell them apart whether you're looking at the antlers or the body. Blacktail are mainly on the pacific coast and Whitetail are on the east coast and go inland. Mule deer are in some of the same places as Blacktail  but also are in Mexico and states in the middle of the US. To the right you will see a picture of a Blacktail buck this one is larger than your average Blacktail you would see but they do get that big on ranches mainly. Blacktail have a smaller head than Mule and whitetail deer and a smaller body. The easiest way for me to tell them apart is the antlers and the tail as the Blacktail as you might have guessed has black on its tail and Whitetail have white.

Whitetail antlers go flat with the ears and aim forward with the points sticking straight up as you can see in the image to the left the tail is white and they have a bigger body than the Blacktail above. I have never hunted Whitetail before but I want to and plan on it but I like hunting Bleacktail because I think the antlers look a lot better and the meat tastes really good.

Mule deer have a similar looking antler to a Blacktail but as you can see in the image below they tend to be bigger. Mule deer are the biggest bodied of these three and are more desired to hunt that the other two. i wouldn't have to travel far to hunt mule deer as there are some in California but there are no Whitetail as I know of in California. I hope this information helps you identify the deer you see.


14 comments:

  1. Zander, this topic interest me because I'm a deer hunter. You explained the differences of the bodies and horns very good. Have you heard of the other types of deer? Maybe your next post you could talk about the rarer types of deer. You did an excellent job with this post.

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  3. Good post Zander,know Iam sure of my self on the differences of the three.You should make a post on which deer taste the best. I heard that the axis deer is one of the most delicious of the Cervidae species.

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  4. I like this hunting guide because you talk about the main types of deer that you hunt,and how you tell them apart

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  5. I like this hunting guide because you talk about the main types of deer that you hunt,and how you tell them apart

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  6. I like this hunting guide because you talk about the main types of deer that you hunt,and how you tell them apart

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  8. This was a great post and I can tell you from experience that all the white tail I have ever ate was better than any black tail I've ever had. The antler difference between the tree was cool to see all on one page like this maybe you could do a post on why they grow the way the do for the different regions. Look forward to see what you post in the future so I can learn more about the way to hunt on the west coast.

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  10. Hey Zander that was a good post! I would really like to hunt a Mule Deer as well. I have been told that you can find them in the North-East parts of California and the are mostly common in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana, etc.

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  11. Hey Zander that was a good post! I would really like to hunt a Mule Deer as well. I have been told that you can find them in the North-East parts of California and the are mostly common in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana, etc.

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  12. This is a really good post! I could tell that you are very inspired in this blog they way you talk about it. You should do another post about the difference of the three deer.

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  13. I think this is a great blog because it provides a lot of useful information on how to tell deer apart.

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  14. I think this is a great blog because it provides a lot of useful information on how to tell deer apart.

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