Hunt with the pros!
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Mixed (26 reviews) - 50% of the 26 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (543 reviews) - 75% of the 543 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit
    • Additional Notes: Internet connection is for Steam activation only.
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Mixed (26 reviews)
Mostly Positive (543 reviews)
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MiLked up owen
( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Plays great (well, used to anyway) but now it won't even run for me.
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( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Best hunter simulator I have played.

Nice missions, good campaign, fairly difficult.

You will have much time to have fun playing it. There are so many things to do.

Totally worth.
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( 50.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
great game!
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( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
A lot more fun than I thought it would be. Got it on sale, worth every penny. Graphics look nice, sounds are great, except the constant " Be careful of the wind, dont wanna be caught flat footed blah blah blah". ♥♥♥♥ gets old. Other than that I enjoy this game. Dont care if its a sim or not , I dont hunt, wouldnt know the difference. Its a video game. Read a lot about the save game issue, and I just back up my saved game file every so often, nothing to cry about really.
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( 35.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
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( 140.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I am loving this game I don't know about the other peoples issues with the game not loading for me everything works fine. of all the hunting games that have come out reciently this is my favorite.
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( 27.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Why the ♥♥♥♥ won't it open after 20+ hours playing?
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( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
This game continualy lags otherwise it would be ok
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( 38.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
A good hunting game.

Somewhat basic progression. I finished the final challenge in 23.1 hours. That wasn't my goal, until I realized it was within my grasp.

I appreciate that the game rewards responsible hunting principles. For instance, you earn almost nothing for bagging a big buck if you are sloppy about it. In contrast, a clean kill provides considerable progress -- even if it was just a spike buck.

I didn't like the canned special "boss" missions. I hit "enter" to make the "star" hunters shut up so I could get on with the challenge. Those special missions are completely canned -- the boss animal is scripted to take one of two paths in a tiny map and so those are pretty lame.

The "open world" ordinary maps are great and the animals behave as you would expect (if you know game animals).

I wish there were fewer animals (more realistic) and then the benefit for bagging one could be more exciting and provide a larger prize. Also, the game gives you visual signals to let you know the animals are giving away their position. This is unrealistic. It would be better if the animals were just as sneaky and slippery as they are in real life.

There also some things they got right. For instance, bucks use does as scouts, following behind them. Deer alert and signal others too, as in real life. Not bad.

Not much too it really, but when it's on sale, it's worth it.
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( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
Decent game, but I HATE the bias in this game against animal pain / going for headshots. The game deliberately doesn't take into account that when you blow open the cranial cavity the animal should lose blood pressure and die. The narrator is constantly scolding you for aiming for the head, and the brain "damage zone" is deliberately small and 100% limited to the actual brain and not the surrounding tissues. I am all for reducing animal suffering, but when you are hunting the goal is to kill the animal and harvest it's meat.. let's not pretend it's something else.

I also have a bone to pick with the ballistics in this game. There is no way in hell that a .270 round is going to only penetrate 6 inches in a deer's head, back, or side, from under 75 yards. It's unbelievable how little stopping power the rounds have in this game. I think it's to make the shamed headshot harder, since that is what has stopped me from hitting the brain well over 50% of the time.

On the topic of ballistics, bullet drop and leading the animal is totally unrealistic in this game. Where you point is exactly where the bullet will hit from the 15 hunts I tried. Even at 200+ yards. At an animal in full sprint. My brain is leading the animal into the shot, but I find myself missing repeatedly when doing so, seeing time stop as the bullet leaves the barrel. I also can't detect a realistic bullet drop, and the wind has no noticeable effect either.

And again on the ethical concerns... I especially am hunting on my computer instead of in real life so that I can try crazy 700 meter headshots, without any concern for the animal. I am not playing to mollycoddle the comfort of a virtual animal or the idea of a real animal. They clearly want to reinforce going for the safer shot of behind the shoulder blade (lungs, heart) as a part of some politically correct, ethical hunting image. Cabela's is a hunting gear retailer and it is clearly inserting this notion into their game as an attempt to mainstream their brand and sell more physical product.

When I play games, I want to not think about ethical concerns for my prey, not think about a company protecting it's brand, and I want to immerse myself in a believable and realistic simulation. This game has made it's 3 strikes for me.
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( 33.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
For $7.49 (75% off) Its a killer deal! good game me and my roomie needed somthing to do over the weekend.
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Bucky Biceps. #TwoScoops
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 16
Do they even make games where you actually hunt anymore? Boring. Its an Arcarde style shooter pretending to be a hunting game. Don't even waste your time.
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( 26.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
I was suspicous at first but it is quite fun a bull charging you with only a bow you need to place your shots well the gameplay isn't the greatest till the end, but the grind is worth it imo, I also like the morality of it, you think a regular shooter would be too but since they are "animals" they need to have more ethics kinda silly...
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( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
I bought this because I could not resist hearing the in game dialogue with those greasy looking truckers in the video. The game is okay and so far I haven't experienced the running issues people have mentioned in other reviews. Shooting is anoying at times. When you aquire a target in the scope a red circle appears above the croshairs. My biggest complaint is that I have no clue if I'm aiming for the crosshairs or for the red circle. Why it would try to add overlays like your hunter is some kind of terminator, I have no clue. My guess is if one is buying this game, they have a basic understanding of rifle marksmanship; whether from gaming or in real world aplication. Asside from the confusing reticle graphics the game is entertaining and worth the $7.00 I paid. I'd have payed more if I could design a custom redneck to take into the bush and the narrator was Ted Nugent. Also a leveling system would be cool. Make your dude less stinky, more stealthy, faster etc..
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( 179.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
Get to 45% and game fails to launch grrr
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( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 12
Super difficult, impossible to get a clean kill.
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( 74.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
where is my game ?! i can't play enymore !!
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Master Merk
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 21
Perfect if you want to headshot a ♥♥♥♥ing moose across the planet. 10/10
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( 205.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 10
Until the developers fix this game, I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy.
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( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 4
Dont waste you money, half the time the game cant launch, the resoloution is screwed so you cant change it to full screen without having 2 black bars on the top and bottom.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Best hunter simulator I have played.

Nice missions, good campaign, fairly difficult.

You will have much time to have fun playing it. There are so many things to do.

Totally worth.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
TL/DR: all-around best hunting game I've played. Relaxing, thoughtful and interesting.

I'm no fan of hunting IRL, in fact I'm a vegetarian! This game is really good though. I have a bit of a thing for games which require a low level of continuous concentration and patience (stealth games!) and this manages to strike an excellent balance between patience and skill. It is a very relaxing experience, perfect for those moments when you want to fill some time in a beautiful environment without doing anything taxing. It also strikes a good balance between simulation and arcade: great physics and a satisfying test of skill and patience without being boring. Probably my favourite aspect is how the game makes you really want to end it cleanly - you feel like a proper d!ck when you rush it and get a less than perfect shot. If you in any way lose yourself in a game like this when playing, you'll find yourself compelled to learn exactly where to place your shots and when, and when not, to take a shot. The wonderful X-ray bullet-time helps enormously in this, as well as being probably the single coolest feature of the game.

There is a lot of talk on the forums about save corruption. While I'm not sure whether the devs have fixed the issue, and although I think it's reprehensible if they haven't, the solution is a very simple one. All that is required is a tiny script, available with 2 seconds of googling, and you can back up a copy of your save whenever you start the game. Any problems and you've got the backup. I've never needed to use the backups as I've never encountered a save corruption, but essentially I want to say "Please don't be put off just because there is a known problem - it's so easily avoidable that it should not overshadow an otherwise excellent game!"

The only thing I would change in a heartbeat if I could: the game's time compression, which is forced to a standard 10:1. This is absolutely fine, and creates a nice challenge most of the time, but alongside the "mission" hunts (which are all along the lines of "hunt x of y from z") are free-hunts where you have no goals and can spend a full day of in-game time just doing whatever you want. In that situation I would like to have the option to relax the time compression and spend essentially as long as I want mooching about in the woods. It's hardly game-breaking!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
65 of 83 people (78%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
33.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Do not buy this game at this point and time. The game has a issue/bug that will delete your game save after about 20 hrs or so of game play. If they ever fix it then maybe take a look because when the game works properly it is actually a lot of fun.

It may not be as realistic as theHunter but it's a fun game and doesn't cost an arm and a leg to play like theHunter.
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47 of 65 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
88.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
Game just won't load after a little over a week of game play. Steam won't refund after you played over two hours. Many people have had this issue, game works perfect then just quits!. Beware and save your money!
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51 of 73 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
185.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2015
This game is great to play, but is never updated by the manufacturer. The game is constantly refusing to load through STEAM. Iam removing from STEAM and I would not recommend anyone wasting their money on this game!!!
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20 of 28 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
26.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
This game was fun, but a bit too easy sometimes.
I recommend getting it on a (50%) discount though...

Many people complain about irreversable game crashes, corrupting save games, etc.
I only had 1 general/random game crash, and no other crashes or weird things happen. (except for deer that fall through the ground and dissapear (happend twice..) )

All in all it was fun, a nice change from shooting ww2 soldiers/zombies.

Now and then I was hoping to see the Slender Man on a hill top, but no luck.
(Sometimes I wished that I could hunt/shoot the annoying american characters from the video clips..)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
nice change from shooting human formed bots in fps this is stealthy hunting experience that requires you to think once in a while and very satisfying if your shot is on target.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Seeing as how I completed the game after 12 hours and how many people are complaining about crashes after 20-30 hours of playing, I don't think this game is worth the full price.
Get it while it's on discount or don't get it at all in my opinion.

Still the best Cabela's game so far though, lots of fun but not incredibly much content.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
48.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2015
I loved playing this game but it will no longer open in steam
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279 of 323 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
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!

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112 of 123 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 31, 2014
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. Sh*t! 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.
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213 of 270 people (79%) found this review helpful
98 of 117 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
I have not played Cabela's games for quite a few years because they were garbage. Took a chance on this one and it is great. Awesome graphics, great gameplay, authentic difficulty is quite challenging. I usually don't write reviews but I think everybody who likes the game should openly support it. Cabela's has a lot to do in order to regain my trust and a lot of people out there as well. This is great first step.
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99 of 128 people (77%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2015
I enjoyed this game while it was working properly. Unfortunately, the game stopped launching after a certain point. Many users, including myself, have posted in various forums requesting a fix, but the devs are either unaware or don't care. I can't recommend this game until the issue is fixed, unless you consider it a rental.
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119 of 166 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
Best simulator hunting!

Nice graphics and animation, I like this game. But rather a detailed hunting simulator likely to appeal to hobbyist over the general gamer.

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78 of 104 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
57.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Game PERMANENTLY crashes for many users after a certain play time. Activision knows but offers no fix. Do not support this.
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57 of 71 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
Don´t bother with this game, it stops working after 30 hours and the developer refuses to patch it.
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43 of 50 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
55.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
This is a fun game. I have hunted small and large game most of my life, so it pleases me to say that this entry in the Cabela's series is a more realistic hunting simulator than some of Cabela's other "hunting" games, which are often arcade shooting galleries with predator "horde" modes. (Ugh!) Fortunately, this game is different than those ridiculous arcade shooters.

I've logged thirty hours of game play so far, unlocked all 4 regions of the game, and finished all of the Pro Hunts, which were pretty interesting, but were bookcased with predictably cheesy cut-scenes. I have collected 17 of the 31 available achievements so far (55%). I'm now just mopping up smaller hunts in each region and all remaining achievements. The achievements in the game are sometimes challenging but definitely obtainable, and I expect to get 100% unless one turns out to be glitched. (I haven't heard of any glitched achievements so far.)

Nevertheless, Caveat Emptor! (Buyer Beware!)

Beware of a game-breaking bug. You will likely lose ALL of your progress at some point deep into the game's campaign. This bug has never been fixed by the developers, and they have since been bought out by another developer, so the game-breaking bug will likely NEVER be fixed. The only thing you can proactively do to mitigate this risk is to backup your save files on a regular basis. If you have your hard drive set to back up every night, you may experience the game-breaking bug but can easily just reload your last save files, and you will be back in the game with (hopefully) only minor progress lost.

I experienced this bug myself just 2 nights ago, after reaching the 4th and final region in the game (Northwest), but recovered easily by restoring backed-up save files with relatively minimal progress lost.

So backup your save files regularly!

Otherwise, sit back and enjoy one of the better hunting sims on the market.
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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
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
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
39.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30, 2014
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.
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