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 (140) - 37% of the 140 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (26,099) - 42% of the 26,099 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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October 10

Status Update - 10th October 2018

Hello Hunters,

I hope everyone is having a good week! This week’s real life hunting video is great, nothing but raw footage and a lot of hard hunting. I have a lot of respect for this hunter! So, again remember it shows real hunting footage, so if you prefer to keep your hunting fix virtual, DO NOT CLICK Here.

Tropical Tent and Trapper Tent

Have you ever thought to yourself “it would be great if there was a tent that had some proper tropical camo”? Well today is your lucky day! The ‘Happy Camper - Sneaky 3D Tropical Camo’ tent is now available in store! You can buy it here.

Also for a limited time we managed to wrestle the ‘Trapper Tent’ from Doc and it is now out of his shed and available for purchase!

Halloween 2018

For the next few weeks we are going to ‘Park’ the vehicle discussion and focus on Halloween!

Last year was so popular we thought instead of trying to change the theme up, why not stick with what we had last year, give it A LOT of polish and make it bigger and better than ever?!

You guys have asked for more information faster, so let’s give it a try this time and see how it goes!

  • The Event will start on Wednesday the 24th of October, so you have two weeks to get ready.
  • This year (following community feedback) the Werewolf is huntable and also comes in a rare variation, both can be taxidermied.
  • The Werewolf has both score and weight variations and will have its own section in the leaderboards.
  • New animations and AI improvements have been made to the Werewolf, he is even more scary than last year and if he smells you… well, you better be faster than he is!
  • There will be two new weapons that can be used to kill the Werewolf, one brand new Wolfsbane Crossbow Pistol and one new Wolfsbane .308 Handgun variation.
  • The Wolfsbane .308 Handgun and a pack of Silver Bullets can be unlocked by completing a new mission pack.
  • If missions are not your thing, the new Wolfsbane Crossbow Pistol and a pack of Silver Bolts can be won by placing in the Halloween competition.
  • The Crossbow Pistol will also have an additional standard skin, that can be purchased in the store. Unlike the Wolfsbane skin, this version will take standard ammunition rather than the Silver Bolts used for hunting the Werewolf.
  • Additional Silver Bullets/Bolts will need to be purchased/acquired.
  • Both new Wolfsbane weapons will be usable after the event with standard ammunition, but won’t be available in the store.
  • We have added new collectables and there is lots of new Halloween content to be found.
  • For the Halloween enthusiasts, we also have a new mask you can purchase.

Community Discord Server

We are already nearly at 3000 members in the Discord now and when we do hit that magical 3000 mark we will be doing raffles to give away t-shirts and in game prizes. You have to be part of the Discord to participate. All you have to do to join up, is click here!

Known Issue(s)/Fixes

Scope and zooming issues: We have some good news, we have found the issue causing the problems with the scopes and binos. We are putting the final touches to the fix and will roll it out as soon as we are happy with it!

Some Extra Information

From this Friday until Monday the 22nd I will be on leave. New Zealand finally got steam power, so my parents set off 4 months ago onboard a steamliner to come and meet their grandson for the first time.

Graham and AC will be handling all the day to day tasks in my absence and you should not even notice I am gone.

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 Weeks Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this Huge Mulie!! It was shot by ‘Nockedup’ and scored 243.937! If you are wondering what many consider a trophy Mule Deer, it is anything over the 200 scoring mark.

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘Treedweller’ for this Brown hybrid Mallard duck, with a great score of 1492.662, I really liked this trophy shot!

As an extra bonus and a little bit of fun, live on stream last week. I managed to bag a rare that I thought I would only ever dream about, an Albino Red Fox.

It did not score high, in fact it was only 14.826, but I am super happy nonetheless.

If you missed the stream and want to see what an Albino Fox looks like in action, you can check it out here.

Free Rotation

This week Coyote and Red Deer are free to hunt, good luck.

Have a great week all,

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October 3

Status Update - 3rd of October 2018

Hello Hunters,

Not a big Status Update today, but we do have some new Bobcat related things to talk about. Lots of people enjoyed the video I shared last week, so I have decided to include another, let me know if you would like it to be a regular thing! So here is the video, again remember it shows real hunting footage, so if you prefer to keep your hunting fix virtual, DO NOT CLICK Here.

Bobcat Mission Pack and Scent Spray.

Today we release Bobcat missions and Bobcat Scent Spray into the EHR.
The Bobcat missions are here to stay and will be a nice addition for the mission runners to get their teeth into. You can find the mission pack here.

The Bobcat Scent Spray is used just like the Lynx Scent Spray and will be a great addition to your hunting toolbox. Remember to have it facing the correct direction before using it :P .

New Transport

So last week we gave you an image of the undercarriage, here is your third clue!

Community Discord Server

We have re-launched the Official Discord Server with lots more channels, including text channels where you can all talk! This should make it a lot easier to find other players who want to go for a hunt. We have also set it up for Community Content Creators to be able to show their videos easy, as well as promote up and coming streams. This will now also be a place we will be posting official information.

Last week we have also added a new section for Fan art, Memes, Real life hunting and Photography. To join up, click here!

Ask a Developer!

Currently on our Facebook and Instagram you can ask the Developers some questions. Once a week, one question will be selected and answered by a member of our team, all you have to do is find the post that has the above image and then leave your questions in the comments.
Today’s question comes from thomas__s_0417, who asked on Instagram Will the hunter classic come out on Xbox one??”

This week's question will be answered by Producer Beth!

"At present we have no plans to bring Classic to Xbox One. Classic is a complex game with many features and a lot of depth, so it would probably require changes to our existing controls and interface to adapt them for hand-held controls and console devices. For now, we want to invest that time into improving the current game on PC for our existing fans."

Make sure to head over and let us know what you would like to know. A friendly bit of advice is to make sure they are questions, “I want to see X’ Is not a question and makes it hard for anyone to answer.

Known Issue(s)/Fixes

Scope and zooming issues: Players have reported that after using scopes or optics, different aspects of player controls have been freezing up, we are currently investigating this issue. If you are experiencing this bug please send us your feedback as we aren’t yet able to reliably reproduce the problem (which makes it much more difficult to fix).

What’s bugging you the most?

We are still working on the list and working out which ones are achievable to fix. Once we have a more solid list, we will let you know what you can expect in the near future.

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 Weeks Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this MONSTER Mule!! It was shot by ‘HighPlainsDrifter’ and scored 243.858! If you are wondering what many consider a trophy Mule Deer, it is anything over the 200 scoring mark.

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘Ardillamente’ for this Bald Leucistic Canada Goose, a very nice harvest and a great Trophy Shot!.

Free Rotation

This week Bobcat and Mule Deer are free to hunt, Loggers Point has never looked so good!!

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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