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White-tailed Deer

Capt. Clark, May 19, 1804--R. Fields kill a Deer today,

Capt. Clark, September 16, 1804--they Saw also Number of Goats, Such asI Killed, also Wolves near the Buffalow, falling [fallow] Deer, & the Barking Squrils Villages. Cap. Lewis went to hunt and See the Countrey near the Kamp he Killed a Buffalow & a Deer   Cloudy all day I partly load the empty Perogue out of the Boat. I killed 2 Deer and the party 4 Deer & a Buffalow this we Kill for the Skins to Cover the Perogues, the meat too pore to eat.

Capt. Clark, September 17, 1804--8 fallow Deer 5 Common & 3 Buffalow killed to day.

Capt. Lewis, April 28, 1805--we saw great quantities of game today; consisting of the common and mule deer, Elk, Buffaloe, and Antelopes;

Capt. Clark, April 28, 1805--I killd a Deer and a goose, saw three black bear great numbers of Elk antelopes & 2 Gangues of Buffalow.

Capt. Lewis, July 29, 1805 --This morning some of the hunters turned out and returned in a few hours with four fat bucks, the venison is now very fine we have killed no mule deer since we lay here, they are all of the longtailed red deer whcih appear qu[i]te as large as those of the United States.

Capt. Lewis, March 28, 1806--...and six of them turned out to hunt very early this morning; by 10 A.M. they all returned to camp having killed seven deer. these were all of the common fallow deer with the long tail. I measured the tail of one of these bucks which was upwards of 17 Inches long’ they are very poor, tho’ they are better than the black tailed fallow deer of the coast. these are two very distinct speceis of deer. the Indians call this large Island E-lal-lar or deer island which is a very appropriate name. the hunters informed us that they had see upwards of a hundred deer this morning on this island.

Capt. Lewis, April 8, 1806--in the evening the hunters returned having killed a duck only; they saw two bear and some of the blacktailed jumping or fallow deer, such as are found about Fort Clatsop; this kind of deer are scarce in this neighbourhood, the common longtailed fallow deer being most abundant.

Capt. Lewis, April 15, 1806--after we landed and formed our camp this evening Drewyer and some others took a hunt and killed a deer of the longtailed kind. it was a buck and the young horns had shot fourth about 2 inches.

Capt. Clark, April 15, 1806--after we landed and formed our camp this evening Drewyer and some others took a hunt and killed a Deer of the lo[n]g tailed kind. it was a Buck and the young Deer horns had shot forth about 2 inches.

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