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 (204) - 44% of the 204 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,614) - 42% of the 25,614 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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April 26

Game Update - 26th April 2018

Hello Hunters,

Please see our changes in today’s Game Update below:

Bug fixes:
  • Magpie Goose ragdoll should no longer “explode” after death.
  • Magpie Goose should no longer grow after death.
  • Crash fixes for Piccabeen Bay.

Have a good weekend!
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April 26

Status Update - 26th April 2018

Hello Hunters,

Happy hump day. Today we will be taking a look at the Magpie Goose and what you can expect, from the gear, to the mechanics and everything in between. Then, just to add to the hype, I mentioned last stream that this week I will be dropping a hint as to a HUGE new gameplay enhancement that is nearing the end of its tests.

Magpie Goose

So, last week we introduced the new species that is making an appearance into the EHR, the Magpie Goose and yesterday it was released live!

Now, I had never even heard of these birds before they started talking about them here at EW. So I even had to do a little research on them myself to make sure I knew what I was talking about. If anyone else is interested the Wikipedia entry is worth a little read. These birds actually have a lot of historical significance in Australia and New Guinea.

So how are they going to work in the game?

Like other waterfowl, having a good blind and decoy setup will be the most effective way to hunt the Magpie Goose. However unlike the other waterfowl species in the game, the Magpie Goose can land on both water and land. This will mean setting up a blind and decoys has a new little twist to it, be sure to find an open waterway with a neighbouring open piece of land as well, easier said than done in Piccabeen Bay! Like the other waterfowl species it is possible to come across grounded birds, so keep an ear out for their distinctive calls as you make your way across the map.

There are three static Magpie decoys and one mechanical decoy with animated wings. Each static decoys has a probability of attraction of 1/24 and each mechanical decoy has a probability of 6/24. Whatever combination you decide on for your blind setup, having a value of 24 is the maximum attraction you can achieve. For instance I might have 2 Mechanical Decoys and 12 Static decoys which gives me 24/24 attraction. If I added 5 more static decoys and one mechanical, this would give me 35/24 attraction and I would be better to setup a new blind in another location on the map, as the additional decoys have no extra affect in the area.

Three different callers are available, the ‘Long Range’ caller, ‘Short Range’ and the ‘Flag Lure’. Much like the other goose species the ‘Long Range’ caller or the ‘Flag Lure’ should be used when a flock is spotted as these are designed to increase the chance that birds will break from the passing flock. Once you get some breakers you then need to quickly switch to the ‘Short Range’ caller, this is the final ‘Hey we are over here’ call that is needed to bring the broken birds closer to your decoys and blind, making it easier to shoot them. The more people you have with ‘Long Range’ callers or ‘Flag Lures,’ the higher probability you have of birds breaking, so make sure all your blind buddies have callers on them as well. It is also worth mentioning that the Canada Goose callers have 50% chance of attracting the Magpie Geese as well.

Your retriever is also going to be handy with these birds as you can stay in your blind as he does all the leg work for you and will bring them back in!

As per usual we will not be too specific about the scoring, but like the other waterfowl species, weight is the key factor here and there are some very nice rares out there to be found.

We look forward to watching the community work out the best spots to set up blinds and I am also intrigued to see who manages to shoot the first rare!

theHunter: Classic Player Survey 2018

It is that time of the year where we invite you to participate in our annual player survey and you have your chance to have a say in the direction of this amazing game. Just for participating you have a chance to win yourself 1000em$, so don’t miss out! Click here to participate in the Survey.

What’s on the Lathe?

New Gameplay Enhancement

I have said since the start of the year that the road map is very exciting and packed full of some awesome features. This is one that had me smiling like I had just won the lottery when they announced it was being worked on, and it has been a highly requested feature from the community for years.

In true theHunter: Classic style, we will be releasing a series of hints up until it’s release. The first hint, well, all I can say is that I had to have a good long think about it to make sure I didn’t give anything away. These clues will be designed to be hard and there will be many smoke screens along the way to try and keep you guessing, the correct clues will always be there, you just might need to look a little deeper than usual. The clues will get easier as we get closer to launch. Here is the first clue:

.17 HMR HV Ammo

Next week the wait is over and you will be able to get your hands on this nice little addition for the .17HMR. These rounds will be additional to the current ones and cost no extra if you already own the rifle and if you have a membership they are replenished like all other boxes of ammo.

    Ethical list for HMR-HV (currently and subject to change):
  • Arctic Fox
  • Bobcat
  • Canada Goose
  • Magpie Goose
  • Red Fox
  • Turkey
The idea is that you can now utilise the .17HMR more and having the additional ammo, adds another tool to your box while you are out there hunting. Enjoy!

theHunter: Live Q&A Dev Session

Join us today, 4pm CEST on Twitch for a live Q&A session with some of the Devs, they will be on stream with us, as well as in the chat with you! So write down all your burning questions and we will do our best to answer them all!

WRR Issues

I am pleased to announce that, in our latest patch, yesterday, we have what we hope is a fix for the WRR crash. Everything looks good on our end. Thanks so much for everyone’s patience, help and understanding. We look forward to hearing your feedback to ensure the issues have been resolved.

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 Week’s Winners

The ‘Trophy of the Week’ is this huge Coyote which was shot by Hifisch. It has a great score of 58.244, congratulations! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Coyote, it is anything over the 56 scoring mark.

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to moofers152 for this Albino Water Buffalo, which scored 240.805. An amazing trophy, congratulations and I am sure it has other hunters drooling!

Free Rotation

This week's free rotation, which changes tomorrow, lets our guest hunters test their skills against Water Buffalo and Canada Goose. Good luck and have fun!

Have a great week all,

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“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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