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Hunting the Starter Deer
At the start of the game, there will be a starter White-tailed deer in the distance. Before you can hunt this deer, you'll need to select a primary weapon.
Press the "Esc" button to bring up a menu and scroll down to "Inventory." Under the inventory, you'll find a list of weapons, sights, ammo, lures, equipment, and binoculars. There are three starter weapons that you can select: a rifle, a handgun, or a shotgun.
The 243 Rifle is the only weapon at the start of the game that comes with a scope. Later in the game, you can upgrade your weapons and purchase new items under the inventory section.
Select the 243 Rifle as your primary weapon and return to the playing field. With the rifle in hand, you'll need to approach the deer slowly. Usually, deer are very skittish and will easily be scared away, but because this is a starter deer, you can get very close to the target.
If you're having trouble spotting the deer, press "E" to bring up your binoculars to see the deer or press "Tab" to activate Huntermate. Once you are in range of the deer, you can shoot the deer standing up, crouching, or in the prone position.
Use Hunting Positions to Improve Your Accuracy
The prone position is the most stable for a hunter to shoot a target. To go into the prone position, press "Z." Alternatively, crouching is the second best hunting stance to shoot an animal; press the "Control" button to crouch.
Target an Animal's Vital Organs for a Successful Hunt
When aiming at an animal, you must target the vital organs of the animal to perfect a kill shot. The vital organs of any animal are the lungs, heart, liver, and neck. Aim for any of those areas, and the hunt will be successful.
Use Your Headlamp When it Gets Dark
If the light begins to fade and you are searching for an animal, press "L" to bring up your headlamp. The light from your headlamp will not chase animals away, and it is an effective tool to use in the evening.
Track Your Target and Claim Your Reward
After you have shot an animal, search the ground area for their tracks. Animal tracks will light up in blue. Press "E" to follow the tracks of your trophy animal. Press "E" to claim your trophy when you come across your kill.
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Head to the Lookout Towers
When you get a new map area in the game, the entire area will be dark and unexplored. On the map, you will only see "Lookout towers," indicated by a green dot.
Go to the lookout towers and climb them to the top. Once you have climbed to the top of the tower, it will open up a light that will show you where to find your outposts.
Learn to Track
The game rewards players who pay attention to details. Tracking animals is one of the most critical skills for a beginner hunter to acquire in the game. When you're on the hunt, be on the lookout for clues that animals leave behind, such as footprints and droppings.
The clues animals leave behind are your map to finding them. To help you understand the different clues, you must learn to use the HunterMate tool. Additionally, when you're tracking animals, always remember to be downwind from the animal, as they can smell your scent.
Use Scents and Calls to Attract Animals
In this realistic hunting game, animals are a lot smarter than you think. You will need to use animal calls and scents to attract them and get them within shooting range.
Animal calls imitate the noises that animals make; you're speaking their language and bringing them closer to you. At the same time, using different scents will disguise your scent and stop approaching animals from running away.
Use the Right Weapon
One of the best tips for new players is to use the correct weapon and ammunition to hunt an animal. Each weapon in the game is designed to hunt specific animals, and matching your weapon to the size of the game will increase your success.
Hunting a large animal with a weapon that is too weak will result in a failed attempt. At the same time, hunting a small animal with a weapon that is too strong will ruin your trophy.