About the Study Guide

You are looking at a preview of what’s in the timed Montana Hunter's Ed Course. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Hunter Education Certificate.

Learn More Register for the Course

Montana is home to many species of wildlife. When hunting, you need to be able to correctly identify both male and female white-tailed deer and mule deer.

White-Tailed Deer

White-tailed deer are reddish-brown to blue-gray or tan. The underside of the tail is white, producing a “flag” when it is raised off the rump. The antlers on the male mainly consist of a main beam with tines growing from it.

White-tailed deer buck
Male White-Tailed Deer (Buck)
White-tailed deer does
Female White-Tailed Deer (Does)

Mule Deer

Mule deer have reddish coloring in the summer and are blue-gray in the winter. The tail is cream-colored with a black tip. Mule deer have larger ears than white-tailed deer.

Mule deer buck
Male Mule Deer (Buck)
Mule deer does
Female Mule Deer (Does)