Mule deer bucks in late summer
Mule deer are the largest deer in Washington, where they inhabit the sagelands, meadows and open ponderosa pine forests east of the Cascade crest. Also known as Rocky Mountain mule deer, great herds can be seen around Lake Roosevelt and elsewhere where they follow migration routes.
Mule deer are distinguished from white tail deer from their larger ears and small white tail with a black tip. Mule deer fur takes a gray cast in winter and turns tan during summertime.