Baiting is used to attract a large number of animals to an area over a long period of time. In order to bait the player needs to acquire a bait container (persistent item) and fill it with bait (consumable item).
Simplification (Baiting 2.0)
The baiting system Was overhauled on March 30, 2017 to simplify the process. A developers note:
One of the objectives when setting out to rework the baiting system was to simplify it. Not only to make the experience for the players more consistent and hopefully more enjoyable, but to make the system easier to debug, maintain, and further develop in the future. To simplify the system, some important decisions were made which have changed how baiting works now. We understand that some players may have preferred a more complex system which had a lot of unknown variables resulting in unpredictable behavior, but it is our hope that the new system will offer better value without removing all of the challenge from baiting.
Attraction used to rely on the location of the container and would slowly grow or lower over time when food was available or depleted. The new system no longer has any concept of attraction, formerly a number between 0 and 100. A feeder now has a status, and this can either be “active”, “inactive”, or “penalty”.
- Active: The feeder contains bait and is capable of baiting species.
- Inactive: The feeder may or may not contain bait but is incapable of baiting species.
- Penalty: The feeder is currently disabled because a baited animal was shot at the site.
Bait is a consumable item that attracts animals when put in a bait container. Bait is consumed by animals visiting the bait container. The rate of consumption is constant at 10 units per day no matter where the container is placed.
- You can put up to 50 units of food into the container. A full feeder will run out of bait exactly 5 days after being topped up.
- Without food, the container will not attract animals.
- Food will be consumed whether or not you play the game.
- Once the container has run out of bait, the container will turn inactive.
When you place a new feeder in a reserve and add some bait to it, the initial status of the feeder will be inactive, for a period of 4 hours (real time). During this time, the feeder will not attract any animals. After the 4 hour warm-up period, the status of the feeder will change to active and two things will happen. The bait will start to deplete, and the feeder will be capable of attracting animals.
If you let a feeder run out of bait, the next time you add bait the 4 hour warm-up period will restart. This can be avoided by having some bait in the feeder at all times. Topping up a feeder which already contains bait does not restart the warm-up period. A feeder with any bait in it will always remain active and capable of attracting animals.
If you shoot a baited animal near a feeder, the attraction range is reduced to minimum. The range then slowly expands until it reaches its maximum again. This takes 30 minutes. During this time the feeder is still fully attracting animals within the range. The status of the feeder will change to "Penalty".
The penalty cannot be circumvented by ending the current hunt and starting a new one. In a multiplayer game, only the host can invoke the penalty by shooting a baited animal at a feeder. All the other players can shoot as many animals near the host's feeders without causing a penalty.
The shooting penalty only applies if the animal that was shot had been attracted by the container. For instance, shooting a Black Bear near a Bear Bait Barrel will trigger the penalty, whereas shooting a Moose in the same area will not. Also if that bear is no longer attracted and walks away, shooting it will not result in a penalty.
The location of your feeder matters. Choose an area where you find many animals of the species you intend to bait. The feeder will attract animals like any other lure. The more animals there are in an area, the better your chances and the bigger your number of baited animals near the baiting station. If you attempt to place a feeder in a location where the corresponding animal does not exist, you will not be able to and will receive an according message.
Some locations will generate better results than others. This is when it becomes important to discuss locations with hunting buddies and fellow community members. If you place a feeder in the same location as your hunting buddy, you should see pretty similar results in most hunts. There will always be variations in activity due to the random nature of the spawning system, but in general results should be predictable.
Bait containers can be moved during a hunt using the environment interaction menu (default key: E). If the container contains bait when picked up, the bait remains stored in it until the container is once again placed in the world. Bait does not decrease when the feeder is not placed anywhere on a map.
A maximum of 4 bait sites can be placed in each reserve. This includes all types; goat mineral feeders, bear bait barrels and hog feeders. For example, you can have 2 goat mineral feeders and 2 hog feeders in Bushrangers Run, but not more of any type.
|Hog Feeder||Hog Bait|
|Goat Mineral Feeder||Mineral Block|
Numbers and Facts
- There is a 4 hours wait time after adding feed before a feeder becomes active.
- Shooting penalty
- A 30 minutes penalty applies when a baited animal is shot at (and hit).
- The maximum attraction radius is 150m for Feral Goats and 250m for hogs and bears.
- The minimal possible distance of a feeder to lodges/campsites/ tents is 400m, to other feeders 500m.
- Food depletion is constant at 10 units per day.
- Feeder warm-up, food depletion and penalty recovery all happens whether you play the game or not.
- There is a maximum of 4 feeders total that can be placed in a reserve.
- At the start of the game animals tend to spawn more around the feeders that contain feed.
- Evidence can be found in this official statement.
- Feeders cannot be placed if no attracted species exist in the reserve.
- Moving a feeder causes another 4 hour wait time until it becomes active again.
- When moving a feeder during a hunting session, it will spook the surrounding animals when removing and placing, however will stay active after being placed again.
- Animals will again come to the feeder within the same session.
- The attraction ends only after leaving the game.
- It will then again take the usual 4 hours warm-up.
Management from Website or Launcher
You can access the Bait Management via Settings -> Game management -> Bait Sites. There you see the list of your barrels and feeders, the amount of bait in them and the status (active / inactive / penalty). Each bait site comes with coordinates and the location map, so you can easily tell which one is which. Moving the mouse over the coordinates will display the map.
You can fill your bait site using the bait from your inventory. Select the wanted amount in the feeder in the upper right corner. Using this feature costs em$ / gm$. There are discounted packs of 25, 50 and 100 refills that you can find under Services in the store.
You need to have bait in your inventory to be able to use this feature.