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 (125) - 51% of the 125 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (26,777) - 42% of the 26,777 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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March 20

Status Update - 20th of March 2019

Hello Hunters,

How is everyone this week? Today we have a new Ghillie Suit and not one, but TWO new sets of competitions going into rotation.

I purchased some new arrows last week and decided to splash out a little and see if there was much difference in the high end brands. I went for some Gold Tip ‘Pierce’ arrows which are a newer hybrid hunting arrow, as they are much thinner than your standard hunting arrow. Well all I can say is that if there was not a catch net behind the foam, I would have likely been getting pass through. Next time i'll get a photo of the back of the foam so you can see how hard in the catch net they are. So… yes there is a big difference in arrow quality and I guess the thinner shafts mean a more concentrated point of impact, hence the extra penetration.

This weeks video is a good one, two brothers ribbing each other, while heading out after some Elk, what could be more entertaining? Remember this shows real footage, so if you prefer to keep your hunting fix virtual, DO NOT CLICK Here.

Arctic Winter Ghillie Suit

This Ghillie Suit has been requested by the community for awhile now and today it is finally out and ready for use! Make sure you take a look at the bundle.

Magpie Goose and Dall Sheep Competitions

Magpie Goose and Dall Sheep competitions are now in rotation.

The 5 unique Magpie Goose competitions are:

Never Saw It Coming
The highest scoring swimming Magpie Goose taken down with 1 shot at over 30 meters (Approx. 98 feet) is your competition entry. Highest combined score wins.

A Kiwi Specialty
The heaviest combined weight of all airborne Magpie Goose harvested with only 3 attempts is your competition entry. Bows or Crossbows only. Highest combined weight wins.

The average score of your top 5 airborne Magpie Goose shot using any 20 GA Semi-Automatic Shotgun is your competition entry. Highest average score wins.

Yin and Yang
The highest combined score of your top 2 airborne Magpie Goose both shot at under 10 meters (Approx. 33 feet) or over 20 meters (Approx. 66 feet) is your competition entry. Highest combined score wins.

In Plain Sight
The highest scoring airborne Magpie Goose shot without using Stands, Towers, Blinds or Shooting Tripod Rests is your competition entry. Highest score wins.

The 5 unique Dall Sheep competitions are:

The combined highest score of your top five Dall Sheep shot using any permitted rifle each taken down in one shot at 100% Harvest Value is your competition entry. Highest combined score wins.

Get a Grip
The highest scoring Dall Sheep shot in the lungs with any permitted handgun is your competition entry. Highest score wins.

Deadly Curves
The highest average score of your 3 highest scoring Dall Sheep shot using any bow is your competition entry. Highest average score wins.

The Sheep and The Slug
The heaviest weighing unspooked Dall Sheep taken down in 1 shot using any Shotgun with Slug ammunition is your competition entry. Highest weight wins.

Wool and Needle
The heaviest combined weight of your 5 heaviest Dall Sheep shot in the lungs or heart with any crossbow is your competition entry. Heaviest combined weight wins.

Lock&learn: White out!

Come join me tomorrow at 4pm for another multiplayer competition. Tomorrow there are three Arctic Ghillie Suits to be won. One for the highest Scoring Moose, once for the highest scoring Bison and one for the highest scoring Sitka. All must be shot with a bow only. The password for the server gets put in chat at 4pm and its first in first served, so don’t be late! and we are also now broadcasting to Steam and the Classic Facebook page.

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 HUGE Blacktail Deer, It was shot by ‘Zara_Spook’ with a great score of 196.143. That puts you second on the leaderboard, congratulations!

The ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘BystM’ for this Piebald Blacktail Deer, it has a very nice score of 162.478, congratulations!

Free Rotation

This week Roosevelt Elk and Rocky Mountain Elk are free to hunt, good luck!

Have a great week all,

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March 15

Game Update - 15th March 2019

Hello Hunters,

Here are the notes from today's patch:

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed an issue with the .30R O/U Break Action Rifle - Engraved II. That stopped players from equipping the weapon.
  • Fixed the skin variation issue for the .405 Lever Action Rifle

Have a good weekend 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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