Four Things You Didn’t Know About Mule Deer

The new Deer stamped card bounded into mailboxes in March, but did you know that besides being a fun way to send greetings, this card may also be able to tell you which part of the United States you live in?

Here’s the test: When you look at the deer created by artist Cathie Bleck, do you see a white-tailed deer or a mule deer? If you answered “mule deer,” it’s a good bet that you live out West!

The Deer (Forever®) Stamped Card is being issued as a Forever® stamped card. Its postage will always be equal to the value of the First-Class Mail postcard rate in effect at the time of use, even if the rate increases after purchase.


The Deer (Forever®) Stamped Card is being issued as a Forever® stamped card. Its postage will always be equal to the value of the First-Class Mail postcard rate in effect at the time of use, even if the rate increases after purchase. Click the image for details.

OK, we admit that our test hasn’t been vetted by actual scientists. But because the graceful deer on the card is more fanciful than realistic, we think it can represent any number of deer species—and perhaps it reminds you of the type of deer you might spot in your home state.

Whether you have yet to see your first “mulie” or have one passing through your backyard at this very moment, here’s an introduction to the second most common deer species in the country.

  • West of the Mississippi, mule deer are more common than white-tailed deer. They can live in deserts, mountain forests, or on the plains.
  • Mule deer are named for their long, mule-like ears.
  • Mule deer have a unique way of running away from predators. They leap high into the air, jumping and landing on all four feet at once. This series of bounds lets them quickly make their way up steep mountain slopes.
  • Mule deer live an average of ten years in the wild—despite living alongside pack-hunting predators such as wolves and coyotes.

The Deer stamped card is currently available online at usps.com/stamps (search for “deer”).

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