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Species in the Game

Species Missions Reserves Video
Alpine ibex male common Alpine Ibex
Missions
Val-des-bois icon
Youtube button
American black duck male common American Black Duck
Missions
Rougarou Icon
Youtube button
Arctic fox male common Arctic Fox
Missions
WR icon
Banteng male common Banteng PB icon
Bighorn sheep male common Bighorn Sheep
Missions
TT icon
Youtube button
Bison male common Bison
Missions
WR icon
Youtube button
Black bear male common Black Bear
Missions
Settler Creeks EW icon RFF icon2 Rougarou Icon
Youtube button
Blacktail deer male common Blacktail Deer
Missions
Whitehart icon RFF icon2
Youtube button
Bobcat male common Bobcat Whitehart icon Lp icon Settler Creeks EW icon Rougarou Icon
Youtube button
Brown bear male common Brown Bear
Missions
Hemmeldal Icon Val-des-bois icon
Youtube button
Canada goose male common Canada Goose
Missions
Hirschfelden icon
Youtube button
Cottontail rabbit male common Cottontail Rabbit
Missions
Lp icon Settler Creeks EW icon
Youtube button
Coyote male common Coyote
Missions
Whitehart icon Lp icon
Youtube button
Dall sheep male common Dall Sheep WR icon
Youtube button
Eurasian lynx male common Eurasian Lynx Hemmeldal Icon
European rabbit male common European Rabbit
Missions
Val-des-bois icon Bushrangers run icon
Youtube button
Feral goat male brown Feral Goat
Missions
Bushrangers run icon
Feral hog male common Feral Hog
Missions
Lp icon Settler Creeks EW icon Rougarou Icon Bushrangers run icon PB icon
Gadwall male common Gadwall
Missions
Rougarou Icon
Youtube button
Grey wolf male common Grey Wolf
Missions
TT icon
Youtube button
Grizzly bear male common Grizzly Bear
Missions
TT icon
Youtube button
Magpie goose male common Magpie Goose PB icon
Mallard male common Mallard Duck
Missions
Rougarou Icon
Youtube button
Moose male common Moose
Missions
RFF icon2 Hemmeldal Icon WR icon
Youtube button
Mule deer male common Mule Deer
Missions
Lp icon TT icon
Youtube button
Northern pintail male common Northern Pintail
Missions
Rougarou Icon
Youtube button
Pheasant male common Pheasant
Missions
Lp icon Hirschfelden icon
Youtube button
Polar bear male common Polar Bear WR icon
Youtube button
Red deer male common Red Deer
Missions
Hirschfelden icon Val-des-bois icon
Youtube button
Red fox male common Red Fox
Missions
Hirschfelden icon Hemmeldal Icon Val-des-bois icon Bushrangers run icon
Youtube button
Red kangaroo male common Red Kangaroo
Missions
Bushrangers run icon
Youtube button
Reindeer male common Reindeer
Missions
Hemmeldal Icon
Youtube button
Rock ptarmigan male common Rock Ptarmigan Val-des-bois icon
Youtube button
Rocky mountain elk male common Rocky Mountain Elk
Missions
TT icon
Youtube button
Roe deer male common Roe Deer
Missions
Hirschfelden icon Hemmeldal Icon Val-des-bois icon
Youtube button
Roosevelt elk male common Roosevelt Elk
Missions
Whitehart icon Settler Creeks EW icon RFF icon2
Youtube button
Rusa deer male common Rusa Deer PB icon
Sambar deer male common Sambar Deer PB icon
Sitka deer male common Sitka Deer
Missions
WR icon
Snowshoe hare male common Snowshoe Hare
Missions
WR icon
Youtube button
Turkey male common Turkey
Missions
Whitehart icon Settler Creeks EW icon
Youtube button
Water buffalo male common Water Buffalo PB icon
Youtube button
Werewolf male common Werewolf TT icon
Whitetail deer male common Whitetail Deer
Missions
Whitehart icon Lp icon Settler Creeks EW icon RFF icon2 Rougarou Icon
Youtube button
White-tailed ptarmigan male common White-tailed Ptarmigan TT icon
Wild boar male common Wild Boar
Missions
Hirschfelden icon
Youtube button
Willow ptarmigan male common Willow Ptarmigan Hemmeldal Icon
Youtube button

Attraction Zones and Roaming

This article is based on this developer post in the game forum.

  • Animals do not wander aimlessly through the EHR. Each species have different goals during different times of the day.
  • Attraction areas attract the animals to suitable areas for completing their needs.
  • The needs are: Feeding, Drinking & Resting. Species X may for instance choose to drink at 9am while spieces Y prefers to drink at 5pm.

Animal Vision

This article is based on this and this developer thread in the game forum and subsequent developer posts.

Field of View

  • The animal's view originates in the actual eye placement.
  • The direction of the eyes are always in the direction of the head and not the general direction of the body (although these two are often the same).
  • A creature's FOV is not two-dimensional (humans e.g. have 180 degrees FOV in the horizontal plane, but only 100 degrees in the vertical plane).
  • Every animal has a certain vertical and horizontal FOV.
    • The vertical FOV is set to about 90-100 degrees for most animals.
    • Herbivores such as deer tend to have a huge FOV (about 310 degrees horizontal), so even though it's head may be facing away it may still be able to detect you unless you are in it's rather tight 80 degree blind-spot.
    • This means that following the head direction is more of an issue when hunting carnivores such as bears and coyotes that have a tighter field of view.
    • The reasoning why herbivores have such an insane FOV while predators do not is that a huge FOV is advantageous when trying to detect creatures that want to eat you while these hungry beasts have a greater advantage of binocular vision that helps them conduct that very same business.
    • Tighter FOV means more overlap between the vision field of each eye which in turn contributes to better binocular vision and binocular vision is vital when trying to measure the distance to your dinner in preparation for that final leap.
  • The biological reasoning behind limited VFOV is that most ground-based animals have no natural reason to monitor the world above them at all time.
    • It makes sense for a deer to keep an eye on the horizontal plane where wolves and other predators lurk, but there are not that many natural threats that may attack from above.
  • The exception to this rule are birds that tend to have a more extreme VFOV.
  • The effect of the tighter VFOV is felt in treestands, towers and natural elevated positions which offer better visual camo, especially when animals are close to the players position.

Player Detection

  • An animal can partially spot a player.
    • The more an animal can see of a player the increased chance the animal will spot and react.
    • Other factors are involved, such as distance and probability.
  • Vision detection considers if the player rotates (without movement) or changes stance.
  • It does simulate that movements/rotations may be seen with peripheral vision while if the player is standing still the field of view for spotting the player is narrower.
  • Animals do not detect the loading of weapons, the charging of stands, etc.
  • Animals detect camera movements like walking, running, changing stance and looking around.
  • Only fast camera rotations count as movement. If you are careful and look around slowly you increase your chance of not being detected.
  • Movement speed effects the probability of detection. For instance the chance of detection when running is twice that of when walking.
  • A rule of thumb is to move slowly and stay behind solid objects as much as possible.
  • Animals can detect movements in freelook mode.

Animal Interaction

In real life animals interact with other animals, be their from the same or from other species. In theHunter Classic, some animal interaction can be observed.

Herding and Regrouping

Some animals travel in groups. Every herd has a leading animal. This may or may not be the largest animal. It could even be a female animal among a mixed gender group. If luring attracts the leader, the rest of the group will follow.

After you spook the herd either by shooting or your presence being detected, the herd will scatter. After the animals have calmed down, they will attempt to regroup. This is often done by trotting in order to catch up with the leader again. Especially if all animals have run into the same direction, it will likely regroup.

Spooking Others by Running

When an animal spooks and runs, it will trigger other animals to run as well if they see it. However only animals that were spooked by a player will spook other animals. Such other animals will not spook a third group of animals to avoid a chain reaction. If you see an animal X dash past another animal Y, if animal Y does not run, that means animal X was not spooked by the player but by another animal that you might not be aware of.

Spooking Others by Threat

Certain animals become nervous when other species are around. This will be expressed by trotting around aimlessly. There are no predator situations where animals will kill other animals, and animal chasing only happens with grey wolves and rocky mountain elk.

The following table shows what animals have been observed making other animals nervous. Most information is unofficial.

This animal... makes these animals nervous
Grey wolf male common Rocky mountain elk male common Mule deer male common
Bobcat male common Whitetail deer male common Mule deer male common Turkey male common Pheasant male common Cottontail rabbit male common
Coyote male common Pheasant male common
Feral hog male common Bobcat male common
Eurasian lynx male common Reindeer male common

Animal Basics Video

TheHunter BASICS - Animals

TheHunter BASICS - Animals

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Permitted Ammo

Technically, the game does not check for permitted weapons, but for permitted ammunition.
The tables below group animals that have the same set of permitted ammunition.
Trivia: In August 2012 the term "ethical" was replaced by the term "permitted".


Water buffalo male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Compound
Arrows recurve standard brown 256
Recurve
Bolts standard green 256
Crossbow
50 conical bullet
.50 Con.
Cartridges 45 70 government 256
.45-70
Cartridges 405
.405
Cartridges 340 weatherby
.340
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
50 lead bullet
.50 Lead
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro
.454


Banteng male common
Bison male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Compound
Arrows recurve standard brown 256
Recurve
Bolts standard green 256
Crossbow
50 conical bullet
.50 Con.
Cartridges 45 70 government 256
.45-70
Cartridges 405
.405
Cartridges 340 weatherby
.340
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
50 lead bullet
.50 Lead
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro
.454


Polar bear male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
50 conical bullet
.50 Con.
Cartridges 45 70 government 256
.45-70
Cartridges 405
.405
Cartridges 340 weatherby
.340
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
50 lead bullet
.50 Lead
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro
.454
Cartridges 45 revolver
.45
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug


Moose male common
Brown bear male common
Grizzly bear male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
50 conical bullet
.50 Con.
Cartridges 45 70 government 256
.45-70
Cartridges 405
.405
Cartridges 340 weatherby
.340
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
50 lead bullet
.50 Lead
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro
.454
Cartridges 45 revolver
.45
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug


Roosevelt elk male common
Rocky mountain elk male common
Sambar deer male common
Black bear male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
50 conical bullet
.50 Con.
Cartridges 45 70 government 256
.45-70
Cartridges 405
.405
Cartridges 340 weatherby
.340
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
50 lead bullet
.50 Lead
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro
.454
Cartridges 45 revolver
.45
Cartridges 44 256
.44
10mm auto ammunition
10mm
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug


Red deer male common
Wild boar male common
Feral hog male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
50 conical bullet
.50 Con.
Cartridges 45 70 government 256
.45-70
Cartridges 405
.405
Cartridges 340 weatherby
.340
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
Cartridges 6.5x55 256
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256
.270
50 lead bullet
.50 Lead
Cartridges 454 revolver el toro
.454
Cartridges 45 revolver
.45
Cartridges 44 256
.44
10mm auto ammunition
10mm
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug


Reindeer male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
45 saboted bullet
.45 Sab.
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
Cartridges 6.5x55 256
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256
.270
45 copper bullet
.45 Cop.
Cartridges 45 revolver
.45
Cartridges 44 256
.44
10mm auto ammunition
10mm
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug


Rusa deer male common
Mule deer male common
Whitetail deer male common
Blacktail deer male common
Sitka deer male common
Bighorn sheep male common
Alpine ibex male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
45 saboted bullet
.45 Sab.
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
Cartridges 6.5x55 256
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256
.270
Cartridges 243 256
.243
45 copper bullet
.45 Cop.
Cartridges 44 256
.44
10mm auto ammunition
10mm
Cartridges 357 256
.357
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug
Shells 10ga buckshot
10ga Buck
Shells 12ga buckshot 256
12ga Buck
Shells 16ga buckshot
16ga Buck


Dall sheep male common
Feral goat male brown
Red kangaroo male common
Grey wolf male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
45 saboted bullet
.45 Sab.
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
Cartridges 6.5x55 256
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256
.270
Cartridges 243 256
.243
Cartridges 223 256
.223
45 copper bullet
.45 Cop.
Cartridges 44 256
.44
10mm auto ammunition
10mm
Cartridges 357 256
.357
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug
Shells 10ga buckshot
10ga Buck
Shells 12ga buckshot 256
12ga Buck
Shells 16ga buckshot
16ga Buck


Roe deer male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
45 saboted bullet
.45 Sab.
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 30r
30R
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
Cartridges 6.5x55 256
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256
.270
Cartridges 243 256
.243
Cartridges 223 256
.223
45 copper bullet
.45 Cop.
Cartridges 44 256
.44
10mm auto ammunition
10mm
Cartridges 357 256
.357
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug
Shells 10ga buckshot
10ga Buck
Shells 12ga buckshot 256
12ga Buck
Shells 16ga buckshot
16ga Buck


Coyote male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
45 saboted bullet
.45 Sab.
Cartridges 300 256
.300
Cartridges 93x62 256
9.3x62
Cartridges 9.3x74r
9.3x74R
Cartridges 7mm magnum 256
7mm
Cartridges 8x57 256
8x57 IS
Cartridges 303 british 256
.303
Cartridges 308 256
.308
Cartridges 3006 round nose
.30-06
Cartridges 3006 256
.30-06
Cartridges 762x54r 256
7.62x54
Cartridges 7x64
7x64
Cartridges 6.5x55 256
6.5x55
Cartridges 30-30 256
.30-30
Cartridges 270 256
.270
Cartridges 243 256
.243
Cartridges 223 256
.223
Cartridges 17 hmr hv
.17HV
45 copper bullet
.45 Cop.
Cartridges 44 256
.44
10mm auto ammunition
10mm
Cartridges 357 256
.357
Shells 10ga slug
10ga Slug
Shells 12ga slug 256
12ga Slug
Shells 16ga slug
16ga Slug
Shells 10ga buckshot
10ga Buck
Shells 12ga buckshot 256
12ga Buck
Shells 16ga buckshot
16ga Buck


Red fox male common
Eurasian lynx male common
Bobcat male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Crossbow pistol bolts standard
Bolts
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
Cartridges 243 256
.243
Cartridges 223 256
.223
Cartridges 17 hmr hv
.17HV
Cartridges 357 256
.357
Shells 10ga buckshot
10ga Buck
Shells 12ga buckshot 256
12ga Buck
Shells 16ga buckshot
16ga Buck


Arctic fox male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Crossbow pistol bolts standard
Bolts
Cartridges 243 256
.243
Cartridges 223 256
.223
Cartridges 17 hmr hv
.17HV
Cartridges 357 256
.357
Shells 10ga buckshot
10ga Buck
Shells 12ga buckshot 256
12ga Buck
Shells 16ga buckshot
16ga Buck


Turkey male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Crossbow pistol bolts standard
Bolts
Balls lead 50 256
.50 Ball
Cartridges 223 256
.223
Cartridges 357 256
.357
22 lr ammunition
.22
Cartridges 17 hmr hv
.17HV
Shells 10ga birdshot
10ga Bird
Shells 12ga birdshot 256
12ga Bird
Shells 16ga birdshot
16ga Bird
Shells 20ga birdshot 256
20ga Bird


Canada goose male common
Magpie goose male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Crossbow pistol bolts standard
Bolts
Cartridges 357 256
.357
22 lr ammunition
.22
Cartridges 17 hmr hv
.17HV
Shells 10ga birdshot
10ga Bird
Shells 12ga birdshot 256
12ga Bird
Shells 16ga birdshot
16ga Bird
Shells 20ga birdshot 256
20ga Bird


Pheasant male common
Mallard male common
American black duck male common
Northern pintail male common
Gadwall male common
European rabbit male common
Cottontail rabbit male common
Snowshoe hare male common
Rock ptarmigan male common
White-tailed ptarmigan male common
Willow ptarmigan male common
Arrows compound standard orange 256
Arrows
Crossbow pistol bolts standard
Bolts
22 lr ammunition
.22
Air rifle 22 pellet
.22 Air
17 hmr ammunition
.17
Shells 10ga birdshot
10ga Bird
Shells 12ga birdshot 256
12ga Bird
Shells 16ga birdshot
16ga Bird
Shells 20ga birdshot 256
20ga Bird


Werewolf male common
Crossbow pistol bolts silver
Silver
Cartridges 308 silver
Silver

Arrow Clarification

The generalized term "Arrows" includes the following bow and crossbow arrows:

Arrows compound standard orange 256
Compound Arrows (Standard Broadhead)
Arrows compound tracer red 256
Compound Arrows (Red Tracer Flare)
Arrows recurve standard brown 256
Recurve Arrows (Standard Broadhead)
Arrows recurve tracer orange 256
Recurve Arrows (Orange Tracer Flare)
Arrows compound valentine red 256
Cupid Arrows (Red Tracer Flare)
Arrows cable backed bow
Cable-backed Bow Arrows
Arrows longbow standard 256
Longbow Arrows
Bolts standard green 256
Crossbow Arrows
Bolts tracer blue 256
Crossbow Arrows (Blue Tracer Flare)