White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus idahoensis)

White-tail Deer

April 2008
Location: Orient Washington

White Tailed Deer 2

Feb. 2008
Location: Orient Washington

white tailed deer

Feb. 2008
Location: Orient Washington

Female and fawns whitetail

Feb. 2008
Location: Orient Washington

whitetailed deer

October 2007
Location: Stevens County (Game Preserve) Washington

White-Tail Deer

Wikipedia on Whitetails
Living with Deer (WDFW)


Id’ing a white tail is primarily identified by the behavior of the “flagging” tail which does not help the hunter very much because if this behavior is witness it is off and running. Thus, looking at the tail is the second and most effective means. There can be some confusion regarding this issue as you can witness in the first photograph. Primarily a white tail has a brown tail with the underside white any deer with black in it’s tail is regarded as a mule. The top-most deer on the right as well as the deer in the center certainly has a black tipped tail (like a mule deer) however, if the deer bears the smaller ears of a whitetail and the tail is thick and fluffy and thus it would be regarded as whitetail deer. The real truth? Most likely these two deer mentioned are a hybrid of both. I have witnessed fluffy tailed mule deer and large eared white-tailed deer so the confusion is an easy one. The typical look of a mule deer (most commonly confused here) is the tail is rope-like with a dark black tip unlike the thick brown fluffy tail of a whitetail. It can also be seen by the antlers the Living with Deer (WDFW) link above shows the difference in antlers.  

See my Mule Deer Images for comparison 


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