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DB Male Elk

A male elk

The deer family, or cervidae, are a group of hoofed mammals found in Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa, and notably include the larger elk species.


431 - 404 BCE

In the 5th century BCE deer inhabited the wilds of Greece.[1]

Of special note among the deer was the Hind of Keryneia, who roamed the forests of Artemision Point in Euboea, until the Spartan misthios Kassandra hunted it down and slew it.[2]


Towards the end of 1500, Rodrigo Borgia was charged by a stag during a hunting trip.[3]

18th century

The Kanien'kehá:ka Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton was adept at hunting deer and female elk, as well as fighting male elk. During his exploration of the North American frontier, he was informed of a buck rumored to be impervious to firearms, and of an overly aggressive elk. He successfully hunted both animals.[4]

Deer were also common in River Valley and Glace Bay during the Seven Years' War. The Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Patrick Cormac would often hunt deer for crafting purposes or as part of hunting challenges.[5]

20th century

Nikolai Orelov trained his son Kenya to hunt deer. However, Kenya found it difficult to kill the animal after shooting it, despite Nikolai's orders to end its suffering.[6]


  • A male white-tailed deer only appears during "The Patriarch" memory, while a dead one is strung up next to Myriam's hunting cabin.
  • Fawns (young deer) were encountered occasionally with does (adult females), but they could not be killed.