The most realistic hunting experience awaits. Explore 11 reserves and hunt 39 unique species, ranging from waterfowl to big game. Over 80 weapons from state-of-the art rifles to bows. Customize your load-out with stands, blinds and dogs. Play alone or in multiplayer with up to 7 friends.
Recent Reviews:
Mixed (246) - 45% of the 246 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,442) - 42% of the 25,442 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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March 22

Status Update - 22nd March 2018

Kia ora Hunters,

‘Kia ora’ is Maori for ‘hello’ or ‘hi’, it is pronounced ‘key-aura’ and is a common greeting in New Zealand. Just a little bit of random information to spice your Thursday up! Tomorrow is Friday which means the business week is nearly at a close and we can soon put our feet up and relax! Next week the Status Update will be coming out on Wednesday because of the busy easter schedule, but that means more information sooner ;) .

7x64mm Bolt Action Rifle

Made for hunters who truly believe in the values of traditional gun craftsmanship. This rifle features a highly durable walnut stock with an ergonomic design providing an extra secure grip when shooting. To summarize, this is widely considered by many the perfect major league all-around hunting rifle. Chambered in 7x64mm it is a must-have for any hunter! You can find it in the store here
To celebrate the release of this amazing rifle we also have a competition running over the next 6 days which will put you to the test.

Tropical Podge Competition

This morning the competition closed and the art team are now busy trying to pick out the winners. Thank you so much to everyone who participated we had a great response and so many awesome entries, they have a hard time ahead of them picking the winners out!

Winners will be announced in the forum as soon as we have them selected!

theHunter: Live

Well today is the first live competition with the new camera fully operational! I have to say I can’t wait to be able to bring you this new, fun style of competition that is viewer friendly. Hopefully we can make you feel like you are side by side with the contestants as they duke it out. Today sees ronMctube, Jaxy Beard and Flinter battle it out over two hours. The first contest is going to be on Bushrangers Run and they will be competing for highest scoring Feral Pig. The map is set up with 4 tents on it evenly spread out, we will run a draw to determine who gets to pick their starting point first, second and third. The second competition is going to be on Hirschfelden and we will see the competitors hunt after the highest scoring Roe Deer. Both scores added together will decide the final positions and I must stress this is a fun light-hearted competition so we can fully test the camera in a live situation… There is bound to be some comic gold.

What’s on the Lathe?

WRR Issues

We have still not been able to reproduce the issues on our end. So we are putting a call out to all our players to provide us with more information please. This thread here has been set up for all information to be put. We need:
Where does it happen on the map
Is it single player, multiplayer or both?
Is there a specific thing you do when it happens? (Shooting an animal, harvesting, getting a call etc)
All information you think might help is appreciated and we would love you to post in the thread mentioned above.

It’s already Easter?!

We have had lots of events lately and I am sure everyone has appreciated them. But this Easter we have a little something different compared to the last events. It will have missions and competitions like the others, but this time you will be competing in tiers that will see you up against hunters of a similar Hunter Score.

There are 7 tiers and they are:
Fledgling - 0 - 499
Beginner - 500 - 2499
Intermediate - 2500 - 7499
Advanced - 7500 - 14999
Elite - 15000 - 29999
Master - 30000 - 49999
Ultimate - 50000 and up

So for instance I have a hunter score of 13820, this would see me in the ‘Advanced’ tier. We are currently working out what happens if you switch tier halfway through the competition, but we are leaning towards the hunter being removed from the lower tier and compete in the higher tier that he has just moved into, obviously while maintaining any progress he has already made.
This will make for some fun competitions and mean that everyone has a better chance to do well. The event starts next Wednesday the 28th and runs until April the 3rd. More details will be released next week in the forums.

Rare and Trophy of the Week

This competition has become so popular that we have decided to make it a permanent feature and is here to stay for the foreseeable future!
So, if you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum, don’t forget to mention the score! Rares go into the rares thread and trophy animals into the TruRACS one. We currently don’t have a competition for Non-Typicals, but they go into their own seperate one as well.

This Week’s Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this huge Red Deer which was shot by LuckyMurph. It has a very nice score of 281.618 and is currently 1st on the leaderboard, congratulations! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Red Deer it is around the 255-260 scoring mark upwards. So as you can see this blows them out of the water!

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to Ardillamente for this Northern Pintail (Mallard Hybrid) scoring 809.191. This is considered as one of the most rare variations in the game is an absolutely beautiful trophy, congratulations!

Free Rotation

This week's free rotation lets our guest hunters test their skills against Alpine Ibex and Mule Deer. Both are going to require the highest level of hunting skill!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!
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March 21

Game Update - 21st March 2018

Hello Hunters,

Please see the changes for today’s Game Update below:


  • Added 7×64 Bolt Action Rifle.


  • Slight adjustments to min and max score for Rusa Deer and Sambar Deer.
  • Adjusted inside barrel brightness on .405 Lever Action Rifle.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed bug affecting Sambar and Rusa scoring.

Known issues:

  • The biggest antler sizes for Rusa and Sambar might show incorrect spotting information.
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“The Hunter offers the most compelling hunting experience ever offered by a PC game.”
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“This game looks incredible, the graphics are simply astonishing”
90% – Retro Game Shelf

“The complete experience of tracking and hunting an animal is highly-rewarding and simply not found in other games.”
88% – Gaming Nexus

About This Game

The most realistic online hunting game ever created is available now, for free! Experience the thrill of the hunt in vast, open-world environments ranging from the desolate Australian outback and overgrown swamps of Louisiana to the dramatic landscape of the Austrian Alps. As a hunter, you will use everything from crossbows to handguns and state of the art bolt action rifles to track, spot and harvest your prey. Realistic animal behaviors and persistent online features provide a living, open world where you can explore at your own pace or compete with other players for bragging rights.

Key Features

  • theHunter Classic was first released in 2009, and is still continuously updated with new weapons, species, environments, equipment and features. There’s a treasure trove of content for hunters to discover here, and more is still coming!
  • Hunt 44 lifelike species, all recreated in painstaking detail from looks to behaviours. Species include Bobcat, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Polar Bear, Moose, Whitetail Deer, Turkey, Pheasant, Coyote, Red Fox, Roosevelt Elk, Wild Boar, Red Deer, Roe Deer, Mule Deer, Blacktail Deer, Feral Hog, Mallard, Canada Goose, Cottontail Rabbit, Reindeer, Alpine Ibex, European Rabbit, Red Kangaroo, Bison, Snowshoe Hare, Arctic Fox, Sitka Deer, Gadwall, American Black Duck and Northern Pintail. Just to name a few.
  • Explore 11 vast and endlessly varied environments with detailed graphics, complete with a full day cycle and immersive weather effects - from the sub-arctic Alaska to the swamps of Louisiana.
  • Form a hunting team and experience co-op multiplayer with up to 7 friends (or complete strangers).
  • Extensive online features. Increase your skills, increase your stats and get creative with Trophy Shots. Take part in competitions and climb the leaderboards or go on challenging missions to earn achievements.
  • Join the biggest and friendliest online hunting community. We are all about helping and sharing our achievements. Show off that incredible set of antlers, proudly mounted in your private Trophy Lodge, or check out other accomplished hunters’ hauls for inspiration. Having trouble tracking and harvesting that big one? Ask the community, many of whom are real-life hunters, and get a helping hand.

Progressing and Acquiring Items in the Game

In theHunter Classic, a generous amount of content is available for free. Right at the outset, five huntable species (Whitetail Deer, European Rabbit and Pheasant, plus two more animals rotating weekly), two weapons (.243 Bolt-Action Rifle & 12 GA Single Shot shotgun) and a great equipment loadout is available at no cost. Additional items such as weapons, species, licenses and ammunition can be acquired with gm$, in-game currency that can be earned through playing the game, or em$, in-game currency that can be purchased for real-life money or earned through winning in-game competitions.

By hunting certain species and using certain items in the game, you are able to hone your skills and improve as a hunter. As these skills increase, more abilities unlock. With time and practice, you will be able to tell weight and gender from a simple animal track, and develop steadier aim for a range of weapons.

Achievements can be earned through diverse in-game activities. Each achievement adds to your HunterScore, which can be used to track and compare your progress with other hunters. Increasing your HunterScore also unlocks upgrade items such as pouches and holsters for your rifles.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows ® 10/8/7
    • Processor: Intel 2 GHz or AMD Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400 (NVidia GeForce 8800, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2400)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • OS: Windows ® 10 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU or HigherIntel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz or Higher
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX760 or Higher
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 16 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
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