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 (163) - 42% of the 163 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,858) - 42% of the 25,858 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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July 18

Status Update - 18th July 2018

Hello Hunters,

Well I am back, sleep deprived, but you can’t wipe the smile off my face. 10/10 would recommend being a Dad. As many of you know, it’s an amazing experience and words could never do it justice! Mum and Wyatt are doing well and he’s a little champion!

The Big Five

This is potentially one of the most exciting competitions ever to be run here. As you all know we love all our players and we love the communities that have formed around the world. ‘theHunter Italy’ is the Italian community group which has been running 5 years and is run to a highly professional standard, they even have backing from Italian ammunition giant ‘Fiocchi Ammunition’. Fiocchi’s products can be found globally, make sure you check out their English website here. We loved what theHunter Italy were doing and how enthusiastic they are about the game, so reached out to them earlier this year to see if they would like to get involved and collaborate together to form a competition. Not only did they say yes, but they said they would like to create all the virtual trophies and they already had some ideas ready to go, did I mention how professional they are?

So in collaboration with theHunter Italy, their partners Fiocchi Ammunitions and theHunter: Classic I am proud to present to you all ‘The Big Five’.

When: 0900 CEST, Monday the 23rd of July (next week), until Monday the 30th of July (7 Days)
Scoring: Highest Combined Weight of your heaviest Moose, Bison, Polar Bear, Water Buffalo and Roosevelt Elk.
Attempts: 15.
Allowed weapons: All ethical weapons.
Optics: Allowed.
Valid: Single and Multiplayer.
Equipment: No blinds, stands, towers or shooting tripod rests allowed.
Sign up: Signup opens Sunday the 22nd of July at 0900 CEST (24 hours before start) and signup can be found in the competition section of the launcher here.

1st, Trophy and 1000em$
2nd, Trophy and 750em$
3rd, Trophy and 500em$
4th, Trophy and 400em$
5th, Trophy and 300em$
6th, Trophy and 200em$
7th, 100em$
8th, 50em$
9th, 50em$
10th, 50em$

Here is a little sneak look at what you can expect for the amazing trophies that have been made by Italian community member ‘baluuto’, they have been inspired by the wood types that can be found from the different reserves that the animals can be found on. I have been informed that this one is just a teaser and the final ones will be even better, great work!

We also have a package coming in from Fiocchi which is filled with clothing and items from their official shooting team. Sizes will be limited, but Items will be handed out to the top placings and on future live streams, more details to come!

Football Jamboree 2018

Well what an amazing World Cup! I have to say I started not so interested in Football and ended quite the fan, so many upsets and big teams knocked out. Congratulations to France for winning, Croatia for a very well respected 2nd and Belgium for a well deserved 3rd. All trophies and the Golden Gun have been handed out now and I have seen some nice videos on YouTube showing it off!

What is bugging you the most?

We have a thread open currently in our forum where you can have your say about 3 bugs, that to you are a priority to get addressed! Make sure you have your say here!

Pointer Perfection

Such a great competition and boy did we have some nice shots entered!
But without further ado, here are the winners!

1st place: Ravenous_fox
Very nice composition and a rare to top it off.

2nd place: RidgeBack69
With a nice shot and some humor that had me spit out my coffee!

3rd place: Zycho
This photo has very nice composition and I liked the ‘life likeness’ of the shot!

Congrats to the winners and a big thanks to everyone else that participated.

Known Issue(s)/Fixes

Barrel/Bait Sites. Squished
Projectiles not registering after 500m. A fix for this is currently being tested and we will release it to you as soon as it passes.
Golden 10 GA not displaying in gun racks. We are working on a fix for this and it will also be addressed in an upcoming patch.
Issues with German pointer and Scent hound. Various issues resolved and will be added to the next patch, more details to come.
Turkey and Motion Predator Decoys. Again we have found the cause for the loss of attraction and you can expect a fix in the next patch.

Rare and Trophy of the Week

This competition has become so popular that we have decided to make it a permanent feature and it’s 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!

This Weeks Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this huge Rocky Mountain Elk, which was shot by forum user ‘Andhii’. It has a massive score of 436.301, putting it at #1 on the leaderboard, congratulations! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Rocky Mountain Elk, it is anything over the 400 scoring mark.

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘TheNightOwl’ for this lovely Piebald Whitetail with a score of 163.935, congrats! There really were so many great trophy rares this week, it was so hard to pick one.

I have heard some prizes have not been allocated, can you please send me (Treekiwi) a message in the forums if you are missing some prize em$. I can get it all sorted for you :)

Free Rotation

This week's free rotation, lets our guest hunters test their skills against Cottontail Rabbits and Snowshoe Hare. Good luck and have fun!

Have a great week all,

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July 11

Status Update - 11th July 2018

Hello Hunters!

Welcome to another Status Update, and the last one from me a little while in fact. Next week Mat will return from his time away and he’ll continue to keep you all updated whilst I disappear for some rest and relaxation for a couple of weeks.

As I’ve mentioned (a few times now!) this is a slightly calmer time period for us in development terms due to holidays and the like, but we still have plenty to talk about here!

First up…

It’s Coming Home!

Yeah...sorry about that headline, maybe I’m showing some bias?! There’s just a few days left before the end of the World Cup, and more importantly the end of our Football Jamboree! We’ve just three teams left in the running, France, Croatia, and England, by the end of tonight it’ll be down to two, France and Engla...well, we’ll wait and see. ;) Best of luck to your chosen team coming in a winner (as long as it’s England) and you hopefully winning a pretty sweet limited edition 10 GA shotgun. That damascus barrel, gorgeous!

Aaaand on the topic of football…

Show Your Colours!

We’ve dusted off a whole load of football goodies from previous years and they can currently be found under the “Events” section of our store. We have caps, shirts, and of course this year’s pants all for the taking!

COMPETITION - Pointer Perfection

Last week we introduced you to the latest addition to our line-up of canine hunting companions in the form of a German Pointer. Now it’s time to put him/her to work!

This competition is quite freestyle and offers lots of space for interesting entries, simply put we want you to share an image of you out on the hunt with your new “best friend”. We’ll be judging on the following:

  • Aesthetics - Does it look good?
  • Uniqueness - Maybe your pooch lead you to an albino or a monster buck?
  • Creativity - Maybe you showed something “unique” in your composition?
  • Storytelling - Maybe you want to do a short (emphasis on short, just a few paragraphs max) write-up of your adventures?

So, plenty of ways to make your entry stand-out this time around, so no need to get concerned if you aren’t normally the artistic type! As is typical for most of our competitions of this type, please do not edit any pictures, they should be taken in-game using only our existing filters etc. Don’t forget to link to a hunting log if your picture is showing off a particularly large trophy!

Post your entries here:

Aaaand again with another perfect segway...on the topic of dogs:

Pointers on your Pointer - An Instructional video
Our wonderful art team have taken the time to put together this handy tutorial video to guide you around the talents and inner workings of the German Pointer. There’s a lot of useful info that applies to all of our dog breeds, so it’s worth a look!

Sneak Peek - Community Competition

I thought I’d include a little hint as to what we have coming up soon. Our wonderful Italian theHunter community have regular competitions in partnership with an Italian ammunition manufacturer, Fiocchi Munizioni (you may have seen us wear some of their merch goodies on the stream in the past). Now they are opening up a special event for our entire community to take part in!

This one is going to be extra special with some awesome physical prizes to be won in addition the normal em$ prizes you’ve come to expect. I’ll say again, this is a biggie! Watch for more news from Mat next week.

Rare and Trophy of the Week

This competition has become so popular that we have decided to make it a permanent feature and it’s 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!

We were sure to dig a little further back this time around to take into account missing a week with Mat’s daddy leave etc. Also, because I’m feeling generous, this week I picked out two of each category!

This Weeks Winners

Rares of course involve a good solid dose of good ‘ol luck alongside your hunting skills. What’s luckier than starting off your hunt to find an albino Roe parked up right in front of you?! Congrats to you Nathan112244!

Winner number two is RavenousFox with this beauty of a (white)Blacktail. That’s a fine looking albino!, and some equally fine dress sense! Final score: 159.293

AlphaSwan just snuck into this week’s bracket with this cracker of a Gadwall. With a final score of 1399.965 that’s straight to the top of the leaderboard for you sir!

Sometimes hard work pays-off, and for XxStrong1xX this tough hunt resulted in the #9 spot of our Boar leaderboard, tallying in at a score of 1244.314

IMPORTANT: Please respond in the forum thread for this Status Update with your in-game nickname so I can get your prize to you. Just a favour this time to speed things up and stop me digging around to find your original posts again. ;)

Thanks for taking part everybody!

Free Species Rotation

And to sign out this week’s Status Update, we have this week’s Free Species Rotation, you’ll be able to hunt these (Black Bear and Blacktail Deer) license-free from tomorrow

That about wraps-up our Status Update for this week. Stay tuned for the next one from Mat!

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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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