If you interrupt villagers from gathering from sheep to hunt deer, they will go back to the sheep after finishing up the first deer instead of hunting the remaining ones.
I think they prioritize carcasses over live animals, so if the sheep are already dead then they will return to them before hunting any more live deer.
That seems to be the case, it’s a shame because there’s no point in having your villagers walk back to the TC and gather from a slower source of food when you already told them to hunt
I’m fairly certain that this is correct. I believe the intention is that that Villagers will prioritize carcasses, but also remember their previous “job.” So they should hunt after carcasses are depleted.