The most realistic online hunting game ever produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (16,081 reviews) - 38% of the 16,081 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 3, 2014

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November 18

Game Update November 18th 2015

Hello hunters,

Here comes the long awaited game patch with fixes and new content. We’ve managed to find and resolve most of the below mentioned bugs and issues thanks to your excellent efforts and dedication during the open beta, and we are super grateful to all of you who participated, it’s amazing to have you on board! It looks like we’ve also found the problem with stats not being saved for some users (in particular with Vista OS) – we are testing the fix right now and if everything works fine, we’ll release another small patch with it this week.

Otherwise – we hope that with this game update all your hunts will become more stable and enjoyable. Go grab your El Bisonte, shoot yourself some new ducks and share with us your thoughts and feelings, good or bad.


  • Animals killed by one shot will get a increase in trophy integrity.
  • Dust and snow now use the wind when calculating direction.
  • Tents should now be more correctly aligned with the terrain after having been placed.
  • Shotgun shots now take credit for all organs they hit.
  • Rabbit ears now count as head hits.
  • Added a new value (16011) shown by the launcher for when the game crashes, meaning that the game failed to create a d3d device (we saw multiple crashes caused by that, that the game couldn’t really handle).
  • Host and client versions need to match in order for a client to join a game.
Bug fixes
  • Fixed bug when a player tried to dismantle a tent while reloading, he would get stuck in a T-pose.
  • Fixed the bison spotting score bug.
  • Fixed the issue with ducks jumping around after dying due to low fps.
  • Fixed the issue with animals not running away due to them being aggressive.
  • Fixed the issue with player not being able to respawn after fainting while having the inventory screen open.
  • Fixed the issue with bison spine order.
  • Fix for the issue with missing fox trotting clues.
  • Fix for the issue with hunting sessions – they could fall out of memory during redeploys which could potentially lead to missing statistics.
  • Client and Server reserve borders are now correctly calculated from the same data source.
  • Hits and misses could sometimes collide with old data and crash the game.
  • Shooting guns without bullets could crash the game when talking to the server. (How did you manage this?)
  • Campaigns could crash competitions.
  • Moving items could sometimes crash the game.
  • Fix some rendering stuff while in menus, inventory and map that should fix some of the crashes while in the map.
  • Multiple random crash fixes (while in-game)
Release notes – new duck species

The new ducks in Rougarou Bayou are of the same type as the Mallard i.e. dabbling ducks. These guys do not mind the company of each other so there is a chance you’ll find a Gadwall in a Mallard flock or a Northern Pintail cruising together with a bunch of American Black Ducks. Sometimes these species interbreed so it will be possible to find some hybrids of the Mallards and the others flying around the Bayou. How about getting them to land then? Well, Mallard decoys will work at a 50% attraction rate for all new species. But to get full attraction you’ll need to add some species specific decoys. For full attraction using as many Mallard decoys as possible you’ll need 24 Mallard decoys and 12 of another species. You can also use 24 species specific decoys to get the full effect.

As for callers it is a little more complicated. American Black Ducks are the easiest ones though. They react to Mallard callers just like Mallards. Gadwalls have their own short range caller which means they are not as attracted by a Mallard short range caller. The Northern Pintail is the other way around; they have a long range caller so they do not care as much for the Mallard long range caller.

This increase of waterfowl over Rougarou Bayou will cause busy times for your retriever dog. So make sure it is well rested and well equipped for some primo waterfowling!

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November 12

Status Update 12th November 2015

Hello hunters,

Welcome to our weekly status update. The open beta has been ongoing for over a week now and due to the great results we’ve decided to continue it for another day. Great job everyone, thanks to your input and efforts we’ve made some good progress.

A lot of the bugs and issues have already been fixed on live, such as spotting and tracking stats not being registered. More fixes will be included in our next patch which will probably be released next week. We continue working on the remaining issues and will keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, if you are still experiencing the issue with your stats not being registered, please submit a detailed report here.

Now onto the compensation plan for those turbulent times following the release of Whiterime Ridge. We’ve promised everyone a hard hitting gift – it’s going to be “El Bisonte”, a new .454 handgun. It will be released with the next patch and will be added to everyone who logs into the game for free starting from the day it is patched (the exact starting date will be announced next week) until December 20th, irrespective whether affected or not affected by the recent issues. Individual compensation for players who have been experiencing game-breaking problems will be announced and given out once we can be sure that those are fixed.

Our Halloween event is now over and 1050 hunters have successfully fought the blood thirsty beast and got the trophy. The missions are hidden now, but you can still finish the ones you’ve activated.

About 10000 players have completed our survey, which is an absolute record so far, thanks for your time and feedback hunters! There is still 1 day left until the survey closes, so if you haven’t had time to complete it, hurry up and have your say. The winners of our em$ draw will be announced in the next status update.

Happy hunting!

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“The Hunter offers the most compelling hunting experience ever offered by a PC game.”
MMO Reviews

“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 produced. Experience the thrill of the hunt in huge realistic environments using everything from crossbows to state of the art bolt action rifles. Realistic animal behavior and persistent online features provides a living world where you can roam casually or compete with other players for glory and fame.

Go hunting with your friends in multiplayer with up to 8 players - or explore the nine diverse and immersive hunting reserves in the ever evolving world of theHunter by yourself.

Key Features

  • Hunt 26 different species including Black Bear, Brown 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.
  • Explore 10 different huge environments with state-of-the-art graphics, complete with day cycle and weather effects - from the Alps to the Australian Outback. from the sub-arctic Alaska to the swamps of Louisiana.
  • Co-op multiplayer with up to 8 friends
  • Extensive online features. Increase your skills, see statistics and trophy shots. Participate in competitions and leaderboards or take on challenging missions and achievements.
  • theHunter is continuously updated with new species, environments, equipment and features.

Progression & Acquiring Items In The Game

Two huntable species (Mule Deer, Cottontail Rabbit, European Rabbit, Snowshoe Hare), a weapon (.243 Bolt-Action Rifle) and a bunch of additional equipment are available for free when first entering the game. Additional items such as weapons, species licenses and ammo can be acquired with gm$, the in-game currency that can be earned through play, or em$, the in-game currency that can be earned through winning competitions or purchase for real money.

There are several different types of skills in the game that increase when players use items & hunt various species. As these skills increase, more abilities get unlocked, such as the ability to tell weight & gender from animal tracks and steadier aim for weapons.

Achievements can be earned through diverse in-game activities. Each achievement adds to your HunterScore, which can be used as a progression comparison vs. other players. Additionally, increasing the HunterScore unlocks upgrade items such as pouches & holsters.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows ® 8/7/Vista/XP
    • 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: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
Helpful customer reviews
1,546 of 1,725 people (90%) found this review helpful
1356 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Sees a rabbit, shoots at it "you need a license to hunt that"
Sees a bear, shoots at it "you need a license to hunt that"
Sees a tree, shoots at it "you also need a licence for that, that and that.....oh, hold on, you need a licence for life to, whats your credit card number?"

the only thing you dont need a license for is the uninstall button.

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1,456 of 1,676 people (87%) found this review helpful
1269 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
"You must have a license to get a license"

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289 of 313 people (92%) found this review helpful
271 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Would rather buy winrar
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365 of 419 people (87%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Just charge a flat fee for the damn game and stop this bait people in and charge a bunch of fees for everything in the game stupidity. Pay to play = FAIL and the feedback for this crappy game tells that story a million times over.

This game is a joke and so are the developers. Take it and shove it.
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2,899 of 3,650 people (79%) found this review helpful
3194 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I couldnt decide what to write in this review , so im gonna share with you guys my favorite apple pie recipe Enjoy! :D


2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening

4 to 6 tablespoons cold water


1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon salt

8 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples (8 medium)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1) In medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour and 1 teaspoon salt. Cut in shortening, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until particles are size of small peas. Sprinkle with cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost cleans side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).

2) Gather pastry into a ball. Divide in half; shape into 2 flattened rounds on lightly floured surface. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate about 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable. This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry more flaky. If refrigerated longer, let pastry soften slightly before rolling.

3) Heat oven to 425°F. With floured rolling pin, roll one pastry round into round 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths; place in pie plate. Unfold and ease into plate, pressing firmly against bottom and side.

4) In large bowl, mix sugar, 1/4 cup flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in apples until well mixed. Spoon into pastry-lined pie plate. Cut butter into small pieces; sprinkle over filling. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of plate.

5) Roll other round of pastry into 10-inch round. Fold into fourths and cut slits so steam can escape. Unfold top pastry over filling; trim overhanging edge 1 inch from rim of plate. Fold and roll top edge under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute as desired. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning.

6) Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through slits in crust, removing foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Serve warm if desired.
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