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 (209) - 41% of the 209 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Mixed (25,788) - 42% of the 25,788 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jun 3, 2014

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June 18

Game Update - 18th June 2018

Hello Hunters,

We've just made an update to the game containing the below changes:

Bug Fixes

  • Deployable targets now spawn at any distance.
  • Fix to hunting tower so the wobble is now reduced when in the tower.
  • Fixed issue with hunting towers being returned to inventory after being dismantled.
  • Fixed climbing gear being interactable at all times.
  • Fixed possible crash when removing an enterable.
  • Fixed potential crash when another player with placed deployable targets disconnected.
  • Bullet holes will no longer show on backside of deployable target bell.
  • Fixed a bug where arrows could sometimes show multiple impact effects.

As always, please do let us know should you have any feedback!

/theHunter Team
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June 13

Status Update - 13th June 2018

Hello Hunters,

I hope you are all having a good week, today’s Status Update brings everyone the final information regarding the 2018 Football Jamboree as well as some information about other events players can look forward to over the summer break!

theHunter: Classic Football Jamboree 2018

The Football Jamboree is an event like none other on the calendar year and it is easy to participate!

This year there are two competitions, the ‘Main Event’ and ‘theHunter Football Jamboree League’.

The ‘Main Event’ is directly influenced by the FIFA World Cup and all you have to do is head to theHunter Store and purchase the pants that represent your favorite team or teams. Then if your team wins the FIFA World Cup, you win this lovely ‘Golden 10 GA Lever Action Shotgun’:

The top 3 positions all come with a nice trophy and they are ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ and ‘Bronze’ respectively:

‘theHunter: Classic Football Jamboree League’

This event is our very own, around the world competition. Over the course of the FIFA World Cup there will be 8 different competitions that are reserve specific, each competition lasts for 4 days and your highest scores combined from each animal species on the reserve is your competition criteria. Each competition has its own unique trophies, which are also reserve specific. Here is a look at the Trophies from the Hirschfelden Comp:

Waaaaaaay more information about both competitions, as well as score sheets and all the teams for the ‘Main Event’ can be found in this post HERE in our forum.

Midsummer Competition 2018

On top of the Football Jamboree, we are also going to be hosting the annual ‘Midsummer Event’, which runs from June the 20th to June the 25th. That is 5 days of even more competitions, sales and a very nice mission pack to look forward too. Even though we are thin on the ground due to holidays, we are still bringing you the content! More details will be available next week.

Albino Ambition #2

This wraps up the last week of this competition, they appear to have been much harder to find than the Whitetail or Moose variations… I guess that's why they call them ‘rares’!

This weeks winner:

‘Nockedup’, for this very nice Mule Buck! A nice trophy shot and with a score of 138.936 it gives it a great visual boost as well!

GDPR Regulations Changes.

You might have noticed some extra notifications in the launcher and website regarding GDPR. Please take the time to read through the information provided, because some policies and agreements have changed.

Known Issue(s)/Fixes

Missing Hunter Score. This was caused by both the .300 and .300 carbon being merged by mistake. We are looking into a possible fix and will have more information to you as soon as we have a solution. Sorry! (Ongoing Investigation)

Barrel/Bait Sites. Investigation has commenced and we will update with more information when we have it. Please continue to provide your input on the bug forums as we are having difficult replicating this issue. The more information we have the sooner we will have a fix to you!

Gun Wobble in Towers. We think this one has been squished, we are putting it through the testing phase. As soon as we are happy, we will add it into the next patch.

Projectiles not registering after 500m. We are currently investigating, we know why it is happening, we just have to work out how to fix it.

Deployable Targets Not Rendering beyond 220m.[/b[ We are confident that we have this one nailed as well. As soon as we finish the testing it will be added to the next patch.
Fast Traveling Ropes. We are confident that we have this one nailed as well. As soon as we finish the testing it will be added to the next patch. You can expect a very healthy patch in the near future.

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 monstrous Moose which was shot by forum user ‘Nathan112244’. It has a massive score of 225.307, congratulations! If you are unsure of what many consider a trophy Moose, it is anything over the 200 scoring mark.

And the ‘Rare of the Week’ goes to ‘Sova’ for this double rare picture. One Piebald and one Melanistic Elk! I do believe that is an entry into the super rare gallery, congratulations!

Free Rotation

This week's free rotation, lets our guest hunters test their skills against Grey Wolf and Rocky Mountain Elk. Good luck and have fun!

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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