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A deer
A male elk
A female elk
A vale deer
The White Stag

Deer are passive creatures found throughout Skyrim. Quite shy by nature, they will flee when approached or threatened. They can be hunted for their venison, hide, and large or small antlers. There are two different species of deer in Skyrim, though the differences between the two are largely aesthetic. "Deer" resemble caribou or reindeer. "Elk" resemble the extinct Megaloceros. Occasionally, either species can be heard bugling for mates.

When hunting a deer, it is advisable to try to kill them in one hit, as they have a very high movement speed and a tendency to change direction when fleeing; alternatively you could add a poison with a slow effect, to allow for an easier second or third shot. You may also cast a Fury spell on them to prevent them from fleeing. Sneaking can be problematic, since the detection eye will not open regardless of whether or not a deer detects you.

Smiths should note that unlike deer hides, the deer pelts occasionally found in hunter's camps cannot be tanned into leather.

In the quest Ill Met By Moonlight, you are tasked with hunting the unique white stag. It is considerably larger than a standard deer, and its fur is much lighter in color.

Vale deerDG are exclusive to Darkfall Passage and the Forgotten Vale, and the light patches on their pelts glow in darkened environments.

Creature (ID) Lvl Health Magicka Sta. Drops Soul
1 50 0 25 Venison (1 × 100%)
Deer Hide (1 × 100%) (000D284D)
Large Antlers (1 × 50%)
Minor loot: gold, leveled ring, gem (1 × 10%)
Venison (1 × 100%)
Deer Hide (1 × 100%) (0003AD90)
Large Antlers (1 × 50%) (Male elk) OR Small Antlers (1 × 50%) (Female elk)
Minor loot: gold, leveled ring, gem (1 × 10%)
Vale DeerDG
Venison (1 × 100%)
Vale Deer Hide (1 × 100%)
Minor loot: gold, leveled ring, gem (1 × 10%)


With the installation of the Hearthfire add-on, you have the ability to create a deer statue on a large base in the trophy room addition of any homestead, should you choose to build it. The materials needed are:



  • Elk incorrectly use footstep impact sounds from horses.

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