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:
Mostly Negative (158) - 39% of the 158 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (26,697) - 42% of the 26,697 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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February 12

Status Update - 12th of February 2019

Hello Hunters,

It is Tuesday and the Status Update is out, why? Because we have a two day off sight meeting that starts tomorrow, so I wanted to make sure it still went out.

After the feedback from last week’s Status Update, I will keep adding updates about my archery and hunting when I have something to share. The main reason I add them to the start of the Updated, is not to show boat, but this is actually the hardest part to write week in and week out. So it is nice to have something to open the Status Update with.

This week I just have a few quick updates, my accuracy is getting much more consistent and I can now hit the yellows more often than not, which is a nice little confidence boost.

I have finally tied my peep sight in properly, as I was unaware that it was not and now it does not float up and down… I know, looking back I should have known something was not right, but thats learning!

Last night I purchased a new drop away arrow rest as, the QAD I have, has no vertical adjustment. I decided to go for a G5 C-Max, as I really like their products and they look well engineered. They are limb activated as well, which means there will be no more interference on my buss cable when the shot is released.

This weeks video I managed to stumble across randomly, one bonus of having autoplay on while I type away. This gives a good indication of what goat hunting is like, this is however in Australia and not New Zealand. By the looks of it, I would say these goats do not get shot at a lot, but it does provide a good indication of how close you can get to them. Remember this shows real footage, so if you prefer to keep your fix virtual, DO NOT CLICK Here.

Valentines Event 2019

In case you missed it, our annual Valentines Event is now on! To find out more details you can read the official post in our forums.

Compound Bow - ‘Red Dragon’

Tomorrow we release a bow to celebrate the Lunar New Year. I like the look of it and will be taking it out with me on my next hunt!

Sambar Deer Competitions

Also released this week into the competition rotation are Sambar Deer Competitions! Whether you love Sambar or hate them, I am sure these will provide a good challenge.

The 5 unique missions are:

The Slothful Stag
The closest shot unspooked male Sambar Deer with any permitted muzzleloader/muzzleloader pistol is your competition entry. Target must be standing idle when shot. Closest shot wins.

Immaculate Antlers
The combined highest score of your top 3 male Sambar Deer each at 100% Harvest Value is your competition entry. The skull may not be hit. Highest combined score wins.

The Proud Stag
The highest scoring Sambar Deer taken down with 1 shot while you are in a standing position is your competition entry. Target must be shot in the heart. Other organs may be hit. Highest score wins.

Call of the Jungle
The average score of your top 3 unspooked, male Sambar Deer each shot under 40 meters (Approx. 131 feet) while using any compound bow/recurve bow is your competition entry. Targets must be shot from a treestand. Highest average score wins.

The Gluttonous Stag
The highest weighing male Sambar Deer taken down with 1 shot using any permitted shotgun is your competition entry. Intestines may not be hit. Heaviest weight wins.

Rare and Trophy of the Week

These Weekly competitions are super popular. The Trophy of the Week gets selected on Monday’s and Rare of the Week gets selected on Wednesday’s.
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!

This Week's Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this awesome photo of this Pheasant, what a great pose! It was shot by ‘SSepsuu’ with a great score of 29.003. Congratulations!

The ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘ARMAGEDON187’ for this Melanistic Coyote, with a score of 36.87, congratulations!

Free Rotation

This week Snowshoe Hare and Cottontail Rabbits are free to hunt, good luck!

Have a great week all,

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February 6

Status Update - 6th of February 2019

Hello Hunters,

How are you this week? This week I am going to ask you if you actually enjoy reading about my archery progression and hunting adventures? As I was thinking last night, perhaps it is a drag to read and you are just here for the game news? So please let me know in the comments, no offense will be taken, I thought I should just give you guys a say in it all.

This weeks video is something that one of my rifle friends showed me, he likes to give me stick about converting to archery, so in jest he suggested I could use one of these. Pretty impressive bit of gear, however for me it’s kinda like driving one of those three wheeled motorbikes. Remember this shows real footage, so if you prefer to keep your fix virtual, DO NOT CLICK Here.

Doc Themed Event

Well, either you guys didn’t like the wolves, or the prizes were good enough to tempt even the wolf lovers to participate! Either way, good stuff and it was awesome to see the community come together to achieve a common goal! There will be other events along the same lines coming up in the not to distant future. However they will have much harder goals!

We originally announced this week that the event would come to an end early. We did this with good intentions, as we had more events ready to go and were excited to be able to provide an action packed month. We are sorry to the people that we unintentionally infuriated, the event will stay open the original time frame so everyone has a chance to harvest their 25 wolves.

Magpie Goose Missions

Today we release Magpie Goose missions, it is a super fun and challenging mission pack, that I am sure you will enjoy! Good luck!

Update About Memberships and Business Model

Yesterday we announced that we are revising the business model for theHunter: Classic. Make sure you head over to our forum and have a read!

Rare and Trophy of the Week

These Weekly competitions are super popular. The Trophy of the Week gets selected on Monday’s and Rare of the Week gets selected on Wednesday’s.

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!

This Week's Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this great photo of a Sitka Deer! It was shot by ‘Tanngnjostr’ with a great score of 112.833! A very nice trophy pose, congrats!

The ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘InstinctiveArcher’ for this Albino Grey Wolf, with a score of 14.37, congratulations, a rare wolf is very nice!

Free Rotation

This week Water Buffalo and Banteng are free to hunt, good luck!

Have a great week all,

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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 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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