Hunt with the pros!
User reviews: Very Positive (242 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 25, 2014

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About This Game

Hunt with the pros!

  • Bring home bigger game faster using advice from our pros, including Wade Middleton, Jim Shockey, and Ralph & Vicki Cianciarulo.
  • The most authentic hunting ballistics ever in a Cabela's® game!
  • Traverse maps 4x the size of any previous Cabela's® Big Game Hunter® game!
  • Track, scout and target your trophy animal in all new ways!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP 32-bit (with Service Pack 3)
    • Processor: Intel Core® 2 Duo E2180 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Socket AM2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800 GT 512MB or AMD HD 4850 512MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is for Steam activation only.
Helpful customer reviews
99 of 108 people (92%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
If you're thinkin' ,"I'm curious about this but all these games have sucked for such a long time.", you'd be right where I was. Well, it's surprizingly good. I've been having a lot of fun creepin around the woods, taking down these suckers. The graphics are the best I've seen in a hunting game, not including the cut scenes with the pro hunters.

Here's one experience I had.
I'm slowly creeping up on a bear, armed with a bow, as he's laid down in a clearing. (Keep in mind, I just bought the bow and this was the first bear I was going after.) From about 30 yards I take aim and draw back, carefully trying to judge where its heart is....I release. The shot goes into a slowmo x-ray cam like on Sniper Elite. The arrow pierces its skin, missing all of its vital organ and only breaks a rib.....uh oh. That sucker roars, gets up and charges! Back pedaling, I quicky and franticly aim at his chest and shoot another arrow. In the slowmo cam I watch it pass about 2 inches from his left side. ♥♥♥♥! This sucker's now about 20 yards from me at full charge. In a split second I think, "Ok. I'm goin' for his freakin brain." I draw back, aim and shoot as fast as I possibly could. The slowmo cam kicked in and I'm thinkin, "Ok. this is it. No more chances." The arrow pierces his skull and dead centers itself smack in the middle of his brain. In full charge, he crashes to the ground about 4 feet in front of me, dead. I proceed then to the bathroom.

If you like the genre, I absolutly recommend it. I'm havin' a hell of a lotta fun with it.
Posted: March 31
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
When I think of Cabela's games, I think of low quality, disjointed, bargain bin junk. Wal-mart electronics department stuff. I am happy to say that Pro Hunts has shattered that image in blowout fashion. This is a great, great game.

This is a genuine open-world hunting game that you normally could only find with theHunter... a game with its share of issues. Cabela's has taken a page out of their book and introduced a more frequently rewarding and cohesive experience in Pro Hunts with more memorable kills and less doing nothing for an hour or two at a time. The four reserves are expansive, with plenty of tactical options ranging from large rocks and brush to well placed stands and blinds that give you enormous freedom of choice.

Stalking your prey is not easy, but the lifelike animal AI is believeable and genuine enough for people who don't hunt in real life. The paths your prey follow make sense and present a convincing challenge to get close enough for a stunning heart or spine shot, with each shot carried out in bullet-time and an accompanying chart of your bullet's trajectory. Once the bullet strikes home you get a complete in-situ diagram of your target's internal organs and you can follow the slug as it crashes through meat and bone. This allows you to see exactly how your shot placed on the animal and is an excellent feature, as well as a learning tool. I've learned everything I know now about "ethical kills" and game animal anatomy than I ever had before. It's eminently satisfying.

If you haven't liked hunting games before, or want to see what hunting games can be, this is a great place to start in my opinion.
Posted: April 30
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
106.3 hrs on record
This is a pretty good game. It's nice to see Cabela produce a reasonably realistic hunting sim. Too many Cabela games are hunting-themed action shooters. I like games like that, but it's good to see something different.

Price: Very reasonable. $29.95 is very fair for the content you recieve.

Stability: Excellent! I've played about 27 hours and have yet to experiance a single crash.

Graphics: Very nice. Not cutting-edge, but certainly acceptable.

Realism: Good compared to most Cabela games, but not super realistic. Strikes a good balance between realism and action without being too dumbed down. If you want an uber-realistic hunting game that requires lots of time and patience, try an online game called The Hunter.

Content: Good selection of weapons and gear. Maps are well done and really provide a feel for the different regions of North America. A few more species would have been nice. Cougar, Javelina and Bison should have been included for example. Still, not bad. The bullet-cam is awesome.

Minor flaws: Ammo loadout is much too limited. Birds and small game have poor AI and behave unrealisticly.

Major flaws: There are two. I will discuss each in turn.

First. You MUST finish every storyline hunt in a particular region before you can unlock the next region. For example you start in the Southeast; you must finish all 10 storyline missions there to unlock the Northeast, and so on. This is not really all that hard mind you. There are 40 storyline missions in total and I was able to finish them all in 25 hours. But that's not the point. Point is, if you buy this game you should have the option of ignoring the storyline campaign alltogether and hunting anytime, anywere, in any region. Unfortunatly, you don't have that option until all the campaign is completed.

Second. The storyline missions are EXTREMELY linear. You must hunt a particular species. You must complete your mission in a certain time limit. You must use a particular weapon, or a very limited selection of weapons. You must meet certain special conditions. etc.etc. This can be very tedious.

Overall, however, I am well pleased with Cabela's Big Game Hunter Pro Hunts. It's positive aspects definitely outweigh its flaws. This game should appeal to fans of hunting games and casual gamers alike. Keep up the good work Cabela! I give it 7 out of 10.
Posted: March 28
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
This game is really really fun and addicting, but i cant recommend this game for only one very big reason. at about the 30 hour mark of total playtime, EVERYONE and i mean EVERYONE complains that their game crashes and will not start back up regardless of what everyone has tried. the creators of the game, not cabelas but the actual software company was hired to help make dayz, so nobody has gotten any help from them about this serious problem. the next step would be to approach acti vision, but almost 3 months of people begging and getting no response.

on the other hand this game is amazing, way better than any of the previous hunting games, AI can get a bit derpy at times but its usually fine. aiming and holding your breathe is a bit confusing and often the weapons feel like the have never been zeroed in. this game is still very fun though, considering it has a lot of hunting tasks and challenges, it can become very addicting. i feel theres not enough weapons but i play alot of action games so who am i to say. one thing i like is how the anatomy of the animals are and how the game shows the bullet hitting certain vital areas (like sniper elite but with animals). there are quite a few ammo types which makes it feel like the player has a choice to customize their hunting loadout.

i would recommend but that 30 hour mark crash everyone gets is what bugs me
Posted: June 23
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60 of 96 people (63%) found this review helpful
30.6 hrs on record
I don't oppose hunting in any way, shape or form. If that's what you enjoy doing, you are free to do it.
Claim Your Trophy!
Posted: April 16
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271 of 310 people (87%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
I'd like to start by saying that if you have played previous Cabela hunting games, don't be put off buying this game by those games.

I was sceptical about getting it myself, because of some of the arcadey titles that Cabela have released in the past. I was pleasantly surprised by this game though, very pleasantly surprised. It is much more of a hunting simulator this time round.

You begin by playing through the tutorial mission that is very linear and a disappointing start, but then things really start to open up.

You unlock one of the four large areas of the USA and have three different types of hunts available. One of which is an OPEN hunt. That's right. Open world hunting on a very generously sized map (one of the available 4 to begin with). You complete all of the PRO hunts (one of the other types) to unlock the other areas of the USA.

You earn gear credits by hunting and there is a great selection of weapons and equipment.

You can view your best trophies in a trophy viewing area with shot information etc.

Bullet time with exact information about your shot and where you hit the animal (vital hits, deflection off ribs, shoulder blades etc. etc.)

At least 10 different big game animals to hunt as well as many other smaller animals e.g. rabbits, wolves, foxes etc.

I've only played for about 30 minutes so far, but this is already proving to be a great game for the price.

Thank you Cabela for a great hunting experience this time round!

Posted: March 25
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