Mule Deer Doe in the Stansbury Mountains

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Mule Deer Doe in the Stansbury MountainsMule Deer Doe

I photographed this Mule Deer doe while camping in North Willow Canyon in the Stansbury Mountain Range of Tooele County, Utah. The doe and several others were grazing on the grasses of our campsite when we came back from photographing bird and this doe sort of danced her way towards us, that is about the closest I can come to describing how she was moving. She definitely kept her eyes on us while the rest of the deer nibbled the fresh spring grasses.

The Mulies are losing their heavy winter coats and will soon appear in their sleeker summer coats and giving birth to the fawns.



  1. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks everyone.

    biobabbler, I haven’t really noticed if animals were dying more in the spring than any other time of the year but early spring does offer less opportunity for nutritious food so I guess it is possible.

  2. Julie Brown May 10, 2013 at 4:07 am

    She is a shaggy little cutie.

  3. Rohrerbot May 9, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    The Elk are doing the same over here. It’s strange to witness in person.

  4. biobabbler May 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

    =) You def. captured this stage of deer season. Awkward hair days.

    BTW, when reading a book on sustainable gardening, the author pointed out that tho’ so many people think spring is a time of plenty (birds breeding, flowers and bugs everywhere), for the animal that eats plants, there’s actually very little nutrient rich food available in early spring (and little in a gardener’s plot). There’s grass, for gardeners there’s asparagus, lettuces, etc., but much of what one grows for winter crops is spent, and the big calorie or volume foods (berries, other fruits & veggies, ripe grain) aren’t available until summer & fall. So he said lots of animals can actually die of starvation in the spring, having used their fat reserves to weather winter.

    Anyhow, it is something that never occurred to me, so in spring I keep an eye out for that. Have you (w/your super keen eye) noticed anything along those lines?

  5. Bob Bushell May 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Beautiful image, it looks like a Deer but not anyway a Mule.

  6. Sherry in MT May 7, 2013 at 7:48 am

    The deer are definitely looking pretty scraggly this time of year. Won’t be probably another month and we’ll start seeing babies at my house.

  7. Susan May 7, 2013 at 6:09 am

    What a beautiful Deer, wonderful photo:)

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