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How to tell the difference

The mule deer is big bodied in comparison to the Black tail deer.  Also the muley has real big ears.  Most of the black tail deer I have seen here in the west coast are brown in color, while the mule deer are grey.  Mule deer do have eye guards, fact some have double eye guards on each side.  The mule deer also has the big white rump that really sticks out when they are walking away from you.  If you get a big black tail deer it will weigh around 130lbs, while mule deer get way up in the upper three hundred pounds.  The antlers on muleys get a lot bigger then black tail deer.

This discussion about one side of the road has mule deer and the other side has black tail is laughable.lol

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How to tell the difference?

In response to the eye gaurds, I don't think either have eye gaurds more than the other. I think it depends on the genetics in the area you are hunting. Here in Washington, mule deer with eye gaurds seem to be less common, because most of the otc mule deer hunts are 3 point min., and alot of hunters shoot the young two points with eye gaurds, so where I hunt especially, the genetics have been killed off for the most part. I think it is simular with blacktails, I see it about 50/50, some have eye gaurds, some don't, the genetics for eye gaurds being killed off isn't a huge deal with them. It toltaly depends on the genetics.

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How to tell the difference?

Black tail deer a lot smaller then Mule deer. You will find a lot of black tail deer in Californa, but I have run into some Mule deer. The ears on Mule deer are huge in comparison to the black tail deer. Also Mule deer are gray, while the black tail deer are mostly a brownish red color. Mule deer do have eye guards. I have killed many Mule deer in Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. They are big bodied and will weigh average around 280 lbs. I will be hunting in the D9 zone this year for the first time and I expect to see nothing but Black tail deer. Not familiar with the area, but will scout it a couple of days before the opening day.
I did see some big racks on some Black tail deer up around Oregon House. Not really sure what zone that is. I was just traveling through there on my coach.
Now about eye guards on Muley's. My father in law killed in N.Mex. a seven by seven monster mule deer and it had double eye guards. He got it right outside an Indian reservation called the Jacaria in the northern part of the state.

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Most deer in oregon wheather it be mule or blacktail do not have eye guards, I have seen thousands of deer here and have only seen a handfull of bucks with eye guards, like someone else said its all about genetics. You are right mule deer a generaly bigger, the biggest blacktail i have killed was around 230lbs, up in the cascades up here we have both mule deer and blacktail and there has been some interbreading leaving a mixed hybrid. the biggest give away on the 2 are the rumps.

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Blacktail Deer

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Most deer in oregon wheather it be mule or blacktail do not have eye guards, I have seen thousands of deer here and have only seen a handfull of bucks with eye guards, like someone else said its all about genetics. You are right mule deer a generaly bigger, the biggest blacktail i have killed was around 230lbs, up in the cascades up here we have both mule deer and blacktail and there has been some interbreading leaving a mixed hybrid. the biggest give away on the 2 are the rumps.

 

That is a big blacktail deer if it weighed 230lbs.  It must have been a cross between a mule deer and a black tail.  In forty years of hunting black tail and mule deer, I don't think I have ever seen a black tail that big here in southern California or northern California.  But I have seen some mule deer in the same general area which was Mananchi Meadows in Kern county that were huge.  But you could tell the difference.

About the eye guards.  I do believe what somebody mentioned that it might be genetic because the last 4x4 buck that I killed does not have eye guards.  But I have killed many big muleys in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, and most have eye guards.  Just look at my avatar and check the eye guards on that muley.

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some good comments if you

some good comments if you just look at lots of photos, you'll have no problem telling them apart

there are many differences

but, as for the EASIEST way to tell the difference - the rump and tail!

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