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Badlands Muley Buck


Dear Friends, this mule deer buck was taken a few years ago, but i am learning a new color profile and thought this came out ok.  This buck is still in velvet and was found in a wash after sunset. til Tomorrow MJ

Sunset in the Badlands

bucks at sunset

Friends, yes there are trees in the North Dakota Badlands.  These cottonwoods are along the Little Missouri River near Medora and the cedar and junipers are on north-facing slopes..  At sunset. the mule deer bucks head over the hill.  Hope you like the sunset in the badlands. til Tomorrow MJ

Travel Theme:Animals

Battles-Bison and Muleys

Friends, these youngsters are rehearsing for more serious battles over breeding rights when they reach the age of consent.  The bison were shot in late winter or early spring and near sundown for the perfect golden light.  The young mule deer are also tussling but not very seriously, with their newly polished antlers in the fall of the year.  Enjoy til Tomorrow MJ

Mule Deer-Where Are They

Friends, Mule Deer are everywhere if you look up into the rocky slopes and down into rabbit brush filled ravines.  They often lay down in the day light hours, but along toward sunset, they are roaming everywhere. Driving through the National Park after 5pm, if you don’t see deer, you are not looking very hard.  til Tomorrow MJ

More muleys

Friends, this big-eared mule deer doe is relaxing in the grasses of the badlands.  She is chewing her cud and checking out the photographer.  One of the characteristic traits of these deer are the large ears hence their name, mule deer with mule ears.  The image below is a fall image of a fawn that was born in the spring, if you look closely you can see remnants of his spotted coat. til Tomorrow MJ

Mule Deer

Friends, yesterday i showed you a white tail deer and today’s image is of a mule deer in the badlands.  His antler tines branch and in spring and summer his antlers are covered in velvet, a vascular tissue that causes the antlers to grow and deposit calcium.  He loses his antlers every year like the white tail but is a much larger animal.  They frequent the rugged ravines and steep hills regions of the National Park.  The below image shows the very early stages of antler growth. til Tomorrow MJ

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