This species is a very large kangaroo with long, pointed ears and a squared-off muzzle. Males have short, red-brown fur, fading to pale buff below and on the limbs. Females are smaller than males and are blue-grey with a brown tinge, pale grey below. It has two forelimbs with small claws, two muscular hind-limbs, which are used for jumping, and a strong tail which is often used to create a tripod when standing upright.
Males grow up to a head-and-body length of 1.3–1.6 m with a tail that adds a further 1–1.2m to the total length. Females are considerably smaller, with a head-and-body length of 85–105cm and tail length of 65–85cm. Females can weigh from 18-40kg, while males typically weigh around twice as much at 55-90kg. The average red kangaroo stands approximately 1.5m tall to the top of the head in upright posture. Large mature males can stand more than 1.8m tall, with the largest confirmed one having been around 2.1m tall and weighed 91kg.
There is no attractant for the Red Kangaroo.
- Roos can travel as singles or in groups (a group of 5 females and 2 males was spotted during the pre-release live stream).
- The max weight of the male is 91kg (201 lbs), that of the female is 40kg (88 lbs).
- The Kangaroo in the game is about 10 km/h (6 miles/hr) slower than in real life.
- They can be heard from quite some distance hopping around. Crouch closer to hopping sounds to spot them.
- They make two sounds that both cannot be registered on the Huntermate however:
- stomping their feet on the ground after fleeing
The Red Kangaroo was introduced as the new species of the Australia-inspired Bushrangers Run reserve. It is relatively easy to hunt when wandering through the eastern, grassy parts of this hunting area. The "Roo" is not among the top animals that come to mind when dealing with a hunting game and it might even be funny for some to shoot it. However the way this very interesting animal has been implemented, combined with the stunning map it lives on, kangaroo hunting is fun both in single and multiplayer mode. Its size allows for a vast range of allowed weapons, and it can be taken out from long ranges with the largest available Rifle calibers just as nicely as from shorter ranges with Bows, Muzzleloaders, Shotguns or Handguns. Tree Stand hunting is not an option, the trees in Bushrangers Run cannot hold that device.
The Red Kangaroo is a herd animal, but you can also find single animals. Groups can consist of up to 6 females, or less females and up to 2 males.
Clothing Bushrangers Run has a specific set of clothes, the Sneaky 3D Arid Camo which is perfect for the entire map. It is also possible to use the all-rounder set Outback Outfit. It fits the area from a cultural style just nicely.
Scent Eliminator and Wind Indicator
This species has a sense of smell and will detect players around them. Especially when upwind, you will see close-by animals stick their nose into the wind, then run away. The Scent Eliminator works against all animals with a sense of smell. Apply it when you want to get close to the animal of your choice. Also, make sure to pay attention to the wind direction by observing objects tossed around or by using Wind Indicator. Use it and follow the smoke with your eyes to see in which direction it is blown. As a general rule of thumb, the wind will blow towards the North-East on all maps. If you are not sure about the wind conditions, apply the Scent Eliminator just in case. It doesn't hurt to use it once too often if you want to be on the safe side and not regularly spook animals by your smell.
Searching and stalking
If you fancy shooting any gender, roam around and look for their tracks. If you are after the big male, leave signs of females behind and keep going until you find the according presence of males. The score of the Red Kangaroo is the weight. Follow tracks of heavy males. Glass ahead often when the Huntermate tells you that you have come close. There is no lure available for the Red Kangaroo, but you can pick up calls with the Huntermate. If you are close to them you can also hear it walk around. Even if you walk or run into fleeing tracks, when the estimation predicts a high weight, take the time to stalk that kangaroo. When you encounter a group, look for the reddish animals in the group. Those are the males. If there are multiple males in a group, try to retrieve the spotting information in order to determine which is the heaviest among them. Slowly move closer until you have a clear line of sight for a precise shot. Spotting all animals has the positive side effect of increasing your Spotting Skill for this species.
There are no attractants available for the Red Kangaroo, which makes it one of the species that require a pure spot and stalk style of hunting.
Shooting the animal
Take your time for a precise shot. With its pear-like form, the Kangaroo is "bottom-heavy". The larger part of it is closer to the ground and often covered by rocks, plants or a slight hump on the ground. Avoid hasty shots. A good spotting skill will support you picking the right animal if there are severals. Wait until you have been able to sneak closer for a good shot, or until you can safely hit a vital from the side.
If the animal flees
Spooked Kangaroos will not run very far after being spooked by walking, running or shooting. Crouch forward and glass often. You will either detect it among the trees and bushes, or even more likely you will hear its very distinct foot stomping. The kangaroos do this constantly when in nervous state and the stomping can be nicely heard from far.
Quick Start Locations
Start at the following lodge(s) for quickly finding this species.
|Walkabout Creek||Bushrangers Run||South, east or north|
Organs and Bones
1 = Skull
|The Big Jumper||
|True Kangaroo Hunter||
|Big And Slow||1000|
|Barely Seeing Red||
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