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 (162) - 43% of the 162 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,929) - 42% of the 25,929 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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August 15

Status Update - 15th August 2018

Hello Hunters,

Today’s Status Update is again a shorter one, as the Summer Fiesta is taking the main spotlight. However there is some new stuff that is worth a read!

Summer Fiesta 2018

Two weeks into the Summer Fiesta and everything is well underway, the third Season Competition starts today, which is the Fall Cup. For this competition you will need a .270, and you need to Lung or Heart shoot one Bighorn Sheep, one Red Deer and one Wild Boar. The highest average weight of all three animals is your competition entry… oh, and you must be lying prone when you pull that trigger. I’ll be giving this one a go myself this evening!

The Summer Fiesta Missions are proving to be tricky for many, but a lot of people have already finished all three sets! If you are one of these people, congratulations! Now the little one is here, I get less time to play than I used to, but I am up to the last mission of Patricks pack. All I need to do is shoot a Grizzly in the brain while it's charging with a bow or crossbow under 5m. I must have shot 15 now, and I keep missing the brain, one day i'll make the shot!

The Summer Fiesta Sales are ongoing and there has been a little confusion over them, we have updated the image in the launcher to try make it more clear. But it’s worth mentioning it in here as well, older items are replaced every two days with news ones, so you don’t miss out, make sure check back regularly!

How well do you know the EHR??

Do you find yourself talking to fellow hunters and describing an area of a map they should try?

“You know, you go across the river, then there are those two big rocks on the right, well turn left at those and then go about another 100m, it’s a great spot!”

It’s time for a fun little tester for all players. I will take a screenshot from a part of a reserve and it’s up to you to tell me where you think it is. Entry requirements will be a screen shot that recreates my shot, but it needs a little personal touch to it, perhaps you make your dog sit in the picture, maybe you put a blind or tree stand up. You could even have your friend posing majestically in the background. First person to post the correct location with a screenshot in our forums will win 500em$. Here is this week's picture:

You can find the competition in our forums HERE.

New Animal

Last week we announced that we are working on a new animal, and that it would be entering Hemmeldal. Some people have guessed it correctly, you guys are always sharp, but are you as sharp as the new animal?

Known Issue(s)/Fixes

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. We have to run checks for every single weapon in game, so it is taking a little longer than expected.

What’s bugging you the most?

I just wanted to touch on this to let you all know, your feedback has not gone to waste. We are currently trying to reproduce many of the issues and we are hoping to present to you all many good fixes in the not too distant future.

Rare and Trophy of the Week

I had a question come to be via PM in the forums last week. “TK when are the Trophy and Rare of the week selected?” Very good question and I thought I would add the information to the Status Update! 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 Sitka Deer, which was shot by ‘KansasBagh’ and scoring 107.244!! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Sitka Deer, it is anything over the 100 scoring mark.

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘Lor45’ for this melanistic Blacktail Deer with a score of 185.551 congrats! There is actually a hunter in this photo… can you see him?

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 Rocky Mountain Elk and Brown Bear. Good luck and have fun!

Have a great week all,

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August 8

Game Update - 8th August 2018

Hello Hunters,

Here are the notes for today's patch.

  • 16GA/9.3x74R Drilling Combination Gun.
  • 3-18x44mm Rifle Scope.
  • 16 GA Slug Shells.

  • The Equipment tab has been split into two tabs, one for Weapons and one for Equipment. This is to allow for additional space for the 16GA/9.3x74R Drilling Combination Gun, and for additional features planned for the future.

Bug fixes:
  • Fixed female Dall Sheep horns.
  • Fixed Gun Racks for the 10 GA Lever Action Shotgun (Royal Edition).
  • Fixed missing level up image for Retriever dog.
  • Fixed an issue with retrievers not being able to fetch a bird into another player’s ground blind.
  • Fixed a crash when a retriever fetched a bird into another player’s waterfowl blind.
  • Fixed a crash when players confirmed an animal kill before a retriever was able to bring it into a blind.

Known Issue:
  • Gun Racks for 16GA/9.3x74R Drilling Combination Gun not visible in Lodges.
  • Visual indicator for in-game achievements for 16GA/9.3x74R Drilling Combination Gun currently not displaying correctly.
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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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