Mysterious Things: What is the ‘Not-Deer’?


The ‘Not-Deer’ is a cryptid that is said to reside in the Appalachian region of North America.

This creature is often described as resembling a deer, but with some noticeable differences that make it stand out.

Witnesses have reported that the Not-Deer has misshapen legs, unusually large and pointy teeth, and eyes that are either forward-facing like a predator or too close together.

They also don’t move gracefully like a regular deer, but instead, have jagged and aggressive movements.

Despite the numerous sightings and reports of the Not-Deer, there is still much debate surrounding this mysterious creature.

Some people believe that it is simply a misidentified deer or a result of optical illusions, while others are convinced that it is a real, flesh-and-blood creature that has yet to be fully discovered and studied.

Regardless of what you believe, the legend of the Not-Deer has continued to fascinate and intrigue people for many years.

What are Not-Deer?

Not-Deer are a cryptid that is often described as a deer-like creature with unsettling features.

They are typically seen in the Appalachian region of the United States, but sightings have been reported in other areas as well.

Not-Deer are said to have antlers that are too long or too short for their body, glowing eyes, and a sense of unease or dread surrounding them.

According to legend, Not-Deer are not actually deer at all, but rather supernatural creatures that take on the appearance of deer in order to lure unsuspecting prey.

They are said to mimic the sounds of deer and move in unnatural ways, such as walking on two legs or contorting their bodies in unusual positions.

Despite their deer-like appearance, Not-Deer are said to possess a malevolent intelligence and should be avoided at all costs.

They are believed to be dangerous and have been known to attack humans who come too close.

Origins and Folklore

The ‘Not-Deer’ is a cryptid that has been a part of Appalachian folklore for centuries. According to legend, these creatures are deer-like beings that are not quite what they seem.

They are often described as having human-like features, such as hands instead of hooves, or elongated limbs.

They are also said to have glowing eyes and a sense of malevolence.

While the origins of the ‘Not-Deer’ are unclear, it is believed that the creature has its roots in Native American mythology.

The Wendigo, a creature from Algonquian folklore, is often associated with the ‘Not-Deer’. Both creatures are said to be spirits that possess humans and turn them into monsters.

The Wendigo is also known for its deer-like appearance and its insatiable hunger for human flesh.

Over time, the ‘Not-Deer’ has become a popular topic of discussion among cryptid enthusiasts.

Many people believe that the creature is a real animal that has yet to be discovered by science.

Others think that it is a supernatural being that exists only in the realm of myth and legend.

Despite the lack of scientific evidence, sightings of the ‘Not-Deer’ continue to be reported in the Appalachian region and beyond.

Some people claim to have seen the creature while driving at night, while others say that they have encountered it in the woods.

While the truth behind these sightings remains a mystery, the ‘Not-Deer’ continues to capture the imagination of people around the world.

Appearance and Characteristics


The Not-Deer is a cryptid that is said to resemble a deer in some ways, but with several distinct differences.

According to Believing the Bizarre, the Not-Deer is a large, black creature with a long neck and no visible antlers.

It has a thick, shaggy coat and its eyes have an eerie, reddish hue. It is said to be able to move quickly and silently through the forest, leaving no tracks in its wake.

As described by Not Deer Magazine, sightings of the Appalachian Not-Deer reveal that the creature is a phenomenon rather than one creature.

The Appalachian Not-Deer is a folk cryptid with sightings common in the foothills of Virginia, but they aren’t bound to a specific location.

Most people describe the Not-Deer’s appearance to be uncomfortable because it so closely resembles a deer.

Skeptical Inquirer states that Not-Deer are variously described as looking like a deer but with there being something “wrong” with them, such as having the forward-facing eyes of a predator or eyes that are judged to be too close together, a neck that’s too long, a head that’s misshapen, or legs that are judged to be too short and are jointed or move in unnatural ways.

Not Deer might have misshapen legs, the forward-facing eyes of a predator, or unusually large, pointy teeth.

Not Deer don’t move gracefully like normal deer but have jagged, or aggressive movements. Some have been described as moving like a newborn deer in awkward and disjointed steps.

Encounters and Sightings

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The Not-Deer is a cryptid that has been reported in various parts of the United States, with a high concentration of sightings in the Appalachian region.

These creatures are known for their deer-like appearance, but with a few distinct differences that set them apart from ordinary deer.

Witnesses have reported seeing them in both rural and urban areas, often appearing suddenly and disappearing just as quickly.

According to reports, encounters with Not-Deer can be quite terrifying.

Witnesses describe feeling a sense of unease or dread in their presence, and sometimes report hearing strange clicking noises or seeing them move in contorted and jerky motions.

Some have even reported feeling as though they were being hunted by the creatures.

There have been many reported sightings of Not-Deer over the years, with some of the most well-known coming from the Appalachian region.

In one such encounter, a group of hikers reported seeing a Not-Deer in the woods, which they described as having “twisted, broken antlers” and a “skeletal, almost emaciated” appearance.

Another sighting occurred in a residential neighborhood, where a family reported seeing a Not-Deer standing in their yard and staring at them through the window.

Despite the many reported sightings of Not-Deer, there is still much that is unknown about these cryptids.

Some speculate that they may be related to other deer-like creatures, such as the Wendigo or the Skinwalker, while others believe that they may be entirely unique.

Regardless of their origins, one thing is clear: encounters with Not-Deer are not to be taken lightly, and those who do encounter them should proceed with caution.

Theories and Explanations

There are many theories and explanations surrounding the ‘Not-Deer’ phenomenon.

Here are a few:

Chronic Wasting Disease

The most popular theory is that the ‘Not-Deer’ is actually just a normal deer afflicted with chronic wasting disease, also known as zombie deer disease.

CWD is a fatal, neurological disease that affects deer, elk, and moose. It causes the animal to become emaciated, disoriented, and unafraid of humans.

These symptoms could explain some of the strange behaviors associated with the ‘Not-Deer’.

Genetic Mutation

Another theory is that the ‘Not-Deer’ is a result of a genetic mutation.

This could explain the strange physical characteristics reported by witnesses, such as misshapen heads, long necks, and jointed legs.

However, there is no scientific evidence to support this theory.

Folklore and Urban Legends

Some people believe that the ‘Not-Deer’ is simply a creature from folklore or an urban legend.

It is possible that sightings of the ‘Not-Deer’ are actually sightings of other animals, such as bears or cougars, that have been misidentified due to their unusual behavior or appearance.


Overall, the true nature of the ‘Not-Deer’ remains a mystery.

While there are many theories and explanations, none of them have been proven definitively.

The ‘Not-Deer’ continues to be a fascinating and enigmatic cryptid that captures the imagination of those who encounter it.

Chris Beckett

Chris Becket is an author and amateur "cryptozoologist" who is obsessed with finding the truth about Bigfoot and other mysterious creatures. He's spent countless hours (and probably a few too many dollars) studying and investigating reports of strange animals and phenomena, and he's convinced he's an expert on everything from Bigfoot to the Yeti.

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