Deer are one of the Animals that inhabit both Mystery Lake,Coastal Highway, and Pleasant Valley available in The Long Dark. Deer are non-aggressive and will run from the player if he/she gets too close. Wolves will chase and attack deer near them, and will also consume their carcass meat, leaving little for the player to harvest if given enough feeding time.
Their meat, hide, and gut can be harvested from their carcasses, and they can yield many kilograms (about 10kg at most) of meat. Since they are very fast, the only way the player can kill a deer is using the Hunting Rifle. One shot is enough to kill a deer, however a near miss will cause them to run in panic for a few moments.
As said before, a deer can be a excellent source of food to the player, but in order to catch one you will need a Hunting Rifle and a good shot. So in early game, the easiest way is to look for Ravaged Deer Carcasses. They will probably don't have much meat (or none at all), but even small amounts will serve the player well, for it has high caloric value. Still, in order to harvest it, you will need a Hunting Knife or a Hatchet.
As an alternative hunting strategy, baiting a deer into a wolf's path is possible. This implies however, a fight with the wolf in order to obtain the flawless carcass; instead of a spent Rifle Round, the cost will be of one Bandage and one dose of Antiseptic to mend your wounds thereafter.
A deer will usually give about 8 pieces of Leather to the player that can be used to craft items such as the Deerskin Boots or repair existing items, like Shoes, Basic Boots, Work Boots and Insulated Boots. In order to repair items, the player will need not only the Leather, but also a Sewing Kit.
Dearskin boots can be made using:
- 10 leather
- 4 guts