Red Horned Mule Deer

Back in September I saw this herd of mule deer just outside of Roxborough Park. One of the most interesting things I noticed was there was a couple of bucks with these red rust colored horns. I had never seen a mule deer with this shade of horn. My only guess is there is something environmental with the red rocks in the area that is making for this red colored horn.  Most of the mule deer have the white/gray/tan/bone colored horns. Anyway I was close enough to capture this image and thought I would share it with you today.

Anyone ever seen a red horned mule deer before?

Red Horned Mule Deer
Red Horned Mule Deer near Roxborough Park – Click to Enlarge

Capture Notes:

  • ljsaltiel

    Nice catch Rick. I haven’t seen one before so you are at least one up on me.

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks, Len. One of my hunter friends said it might be from either blood stains from rubbing the felt off the horns or from rubbing up against red oak.

  • Toad Hollow Photo

    Jeez, Rick, this is awesome! Love the composition, the setting, everything about it, it’s downright perfect!

    • RickLouiePhoto

      Thanks so much!