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For the Red Dead Redemption variant, see Deer.

The Deer is a species of animal found in Red Dead Redemption 2.


Deer are large mammals scattered throughout New Hanover, West Elizabeth, Lemoyne, and Ambarino. They are generally brown in colour, and have long, skinny legs and a short tail.

Despite the fact they are spooked easily and can run very quickly, they are relatively easily to kill. One arrow to the head is enough to take one down, and their meat serves as a viable food source. Their hides and meat can also be sold to a butcher.


The deer can be found in virtually all locations except for New Austin. The higher concentrations seem to be in the east.


Whitetail Deer are found in a variety of habitats across the states, but are common to the forests of New Hanover, Lemoyne and West Elizabeth. Their herbivorous diet includes grasses, nuts, fungi, twigs, and fruit. Keeping your distance when hunting deer can increase your chances of a kill as they are easily startled. Long range weapons such as a rifle, or a Bow with Poison Arrows, are considered to be the best when hunting. Deer hide can be used for crafting, and their venison meat can be used for cooking.[1]


  • Due to their skittish nature, an effective way to kill deer is sniping them from afar.


PS3Logo.png There is a Bug in a campers camp. A dead White-tailed Deer which should remain hanging upside down on the ground. The command button to take the animal down appears, but the player removes the wooden stake which the animal should usually be tied up. Only after removing this stake can the player pick up the white-tailed deer carcass from the ground and stow it on their horse.



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  1. In-game description