Question for you guys who live in states with both whitetails and muledeer

Discussion in 'The Hunting & Fishing Forum' started by hkruss, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. hkruss

    hkruss Active Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Mobile, Al.
    Something I was wondering about. In the areas that have both types of deer, do the two species ever inhabit the same areas or do they stay apart? Do they ever cross breed? Do the bucks ever fight each other or do they avoid each other? Do you ever see the two types mingling together? Just curious.
  2. whip

    whip Member

    Jan 29, 2006
    1. Yes they do use the same habitat mostly mule deer in whitetail type cover. Occasionally I see a white tail in true mule deer habitat. Mostly the whitetails stick close to the creek bottom habitat that is timbered.
    2. According to the experts they do cross I have seen some deer that I thought might be crosses. But I have never killed one I could say for sure was a cross.
    3. I have never seen a whitetail or a muley buck square off but the whitetails are pretty aggressive during the rut and Im sure it happens.
    4. I have seen a group of 9 bucks together in the summer with 7 of the bucks being muledeer and 2 whitetails. They ran together for nearly a month last summer. I have also seen mule deer and whitetail does with fawns all feeding together in field and have jumped mule deer and whitetail does all bedded together.

    This is what I have observed here in Wyoming. Interestingly 30 years ago we had hardly any whitetails now they are quite common. In 1983 we had a really hard winter and all the deer species suffered lots of death loss but the mule deer survived much better than the whitetails. For a while after the hard winter the mule deer ruled but slowly with a series of mild winters the whitetails came back.

  3. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Jul 28, 2008
    DAV, Deep in the Pineywoods of E. Texas!
    Here in E TX we have white tail deer only, but some mule deer were brought in by the WFD. My two boys have both killed white tailed deer that were offspring of the mule deer. Both deer were spikes, and both field dressed out at around 200 lbs. They do cross breed in such a case as we have here where the mule deer is not in it's natural habitat. Don't know if they do in the areas of the country where both exist in a natural habitat.
  4. kingchip

    kingchip New Member

    Jul 2, 2009
    Marble Falls, Texas
    Yes they crossbreed and the Whitetail are the dominant species down here. The West Texas ranchers are concerned that the whitetail will overtake the Muley species and habitat.
  5. tim peterson

    tim peterson Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    I have to agree with Whip. Thats exactly what I have seen in Eastern Colo, and W Neb. Good luck!
  6. fyimo

    fyimo New Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    +1 on what you said because I've seen it also in Eastern Colorado when I lived there. They do cross breed and they often travel together. :D
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