Alan Wake 2 contains 12 Deer Head Locations (Deer Skulls). These collectibles aren’t needed for any trophies & achievements but finding all of them will unlock bonus supplies for Saga. After finding one, you can interact with the Deer Head in Saga’s Mind Place and she will say how many are remaining. After finding them all you get some extra supplies. Finding them is completely optional.
All of them can still be found before Saga’s Point of No Return at the end of Chapter “Return 6: Scratch”. Before this point you can still backtrack and collect any Deer Heads you have left.
They look like Deer Heads hanging on walls inside buildings. Walk up to them and interact with them when the button prompt appears. Saga will pet the deer head which will make it count as “collected”. This guide uses the in-game chapter names as displayed on the save game (which are different from the chapter names in trophy/achievement list). They are exclusively found in Saga’s story sections. None of them are in Alan’s story sections.
Return 1: Invitation
Deer Head 1
Inside the trailer, in the left room, hanging on the wall. Simply interact with the deer head and it will count as collected (you can then interact with the deer head inside the Mind Place, doing so will make Saga say how many are remaining).
The next two Heads are found in the town called Bright Falls, after the story forces you to return to your car and drive to this new location.
Deer Head 2
Head back to your car and interact with the left door to travel to Bright Falls. Next to the car will be Elderwood Palace Lodge. Head inside and interact with the deer head in the Private Room in the back right corner of the lodge.
Deer Head 3
In a room in the back of the diner.
Return 2: The Heart
Deer Head 4
In the north of the map at Witchfinder’s Station, found inside the first room of the building. You can go there after you return from the Cauldron Lake Shore once the flooded areas have been drained. The story path requires you to take the path near it anyway, so just continue playing normally until you reach the north-west corner of the map from the story path.
Return 3: Local Girl
Deer Head 5
In the break room in Suomi Hall.
Deer Head 6
Inside the trailer park in a trailer (must go there for story purposes, the story takes you there).
Deer Head 7
Inside the Kalevela Knights Workshop, in the back corner.
Deer Head 8
Inside the Ranger Cabin dining room, to the northwest.
Return 5: Old Gods
Deer Head 9
On the wall in the Lounge on the Second Floor.
Deer Head 10
Once you reach the Security Room, you can access the computer with code 170823 and unlock the doors. Go north into the Staff Lounge and behind Reception to find the item shown below in a box. Now take this to the door to the right of the security room and you’ll find the Deer Head there together with a new Rifle.
Deer Head 11
In the Rangers Station, head up the stairs to find the deer waiting.
Deer Head 12
In Cabin 6. With all 12 found, once you return to the Deer Head in the Lodge in Bright Falls, you’ll hear a sound and a deer will appear at the end of the hallway, which unlocks the room and gives you access to a bunch of supplies. It’s not needed for any trophies or achievements, just a little extra reward.
That’s all of the Deer Skulls in Alan Wake II. For all other Collectible Types refer to Alan Wake 2 Collectible Guide.