Red Dead Redemption 2 Perfect Deer Skin Location

Perfect deer skin is a crafting material in Red Dead Redemption 2. The perfect animal skin is used in crafting advanced gear and items, and it can be pretty difficult to get. It’s obviously obtained by hunting deer, but there are certain steps you should follow if you want to not damage the skin. If you’re having trouble obtaining it, this guide will show you how to get perfect deer skin in Red Dead Redemption 2.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Perfect Deer Skin

How to get perfect deer skin in RDR2?

Deer skin comes from deer, that much is obvious. But in order to get perfect deer skin, you’ll have to hunt the animal a certain way. First of all, you need to find the right animal. Not all of them are eligible to drop perfect skin. The condition of the drop depends on the animal’s age and living conditions. When you run into a deer, use R1 (RB) to study it – you’ll see the condition of the animal next to the name. You’re looking for ones that are “pristine”.

Once you’ve found a suitable animal, you’ll need to perform a clean kill. This means causing minimal damage to the body. You should use a bow, since it’s precise and only leaves one hole on the target. You should aim for a vital organ – some say headshots don’t count, but we’ve had good results with them. Either way, you need to perform a kill in one shot, using a bow.

Once it’s down, approach the corpse and use your knife to skin it. You’ll get the pelt, which you can then use to craft whatever it is you were aiming for. If you don’t know where to look for a specific animal, look at its compendium entry – it will tell you the kind of biome you should look in.


If you end up getting stuck at another point, you might want to check out some of the other guides we have. We've written about mysteries like the missing person Gavin, the Rhodes Gunsmith prisoner, the locked door at Valentine doctor. We also have instructional guides that show how to rob stores without getting bounty or where to sell jewelry and gold bars. If it's collectibles or key items you're after, we've found all the Penny Dreadful comic books, Chick's treasure map location, or that famous pipe for Dutch. Finally, if you don't care to explore the map yourself, you could take a look at our Watson's Cabin and Catfish Jackson's Homestead locations guides. In the latest Red Dead Online Moonshiners Update you'll have a chance to find Navy Revolver and Best Shack Locations.


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