How can you tell if a deer is a mule deer? Their ears! They have long ears, almost like a mule's. Mule deer are grayish-brown in color and have a white rump patch and a small white tail with a black tip. The male deer grow antlersGrowths on the head of a deer that shed every year and are made of bone-like material. during the summer and fall and shed them each spring. The antlersGrowths on the head of a deer that shed every year and are made of bone-like material. split off from the main branch to form two branches, and each branch has two or more smaller growths called "tines."
Mule deer adapt to living in places like the desertAn area with little rain and often with hot daytime temperatures. by being active at night or during the early morning hours during warm weather. They also have adapted to eating a wide variety of vegetation types in order to meet all of their nutritional needs.
Mule deer are not picky about where they sleep! They make temporary "beds," which are often just flattened areas of grass or leaves. If it is an area they use often, then they will use their hooves to scratch a crude nest into the earth.