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PostSubject: Hunting   4/30/2010, 8:15 pm


Hunting plays a very prominent role in Red Dead Redemption. The player can hunt for all animals for sport and money, but hunting may also be necessary for survival; many of the animals found in the world can easily kill the player. The hunting element of the game involves stalking, advancing upon, and finally making the kill. Animal bait can also be bought from merchants to attract various animal species.
Skinning allows the Player to make a profit from hunting. Skinning an animal allows the player to attain materials from the animal, including furs, pelts, meat and horns. These resources can then be sold or traded to merchants. When the player skins an animal, Marston can be seen crouching in front of the animal, he will then take out his knife and begin to skin the animal. Blood splats on the screen, confirming a successful skinning.
Animals are randomly generated in the wilderness, and can sometimes assault the player, his allies and the player's horse, requiring intervention. Marston will sometimes encounter scenarios where a Stranger will request protection from pursuing predatory animals.
After a kill, vultures will appear, opening up the sharpshooting challenge. Completing this and other challenges earns you fame, and can unlock outfits for John.
Additionally, hunting enough specimens of various species will earn the player achievements.


There are approximately 40 different animals that can be encountered in Red Dead Redemption, and any of the listed animals can be hunted. Different animals supply the player with different pelts, claws, meat and other resources with different values, which can be sold. Beware, killing some animals may not please their owners, or the townsfolk for that matter. One can assume that killing someone's horse probably won't be any better than stealing it, and may hold the same results.

Sometimes the hunter becomes the hunted - be careful while traversing The Frontier!

Wild Horse herds will be abundant in The Frontier.
At this time, the known animals are:

  • Armadillos
  • Alligators
  • Bats - Bat Wings
  • Beavers - Beaver Meat, Beaver Fur
  • Bighorn Sheep - Bighorn Meat, Bighorn Horns, Bighorn Skin
  • Bison
  • Birds
  • Boars
  • Bulls
  • Chickens
  • Cougars
  • Coyotes
  • Cats
  • Cattle
  • Deer
  • Dogs
  • Donkeys
  • Ducks
  • Elk
  • Goats
  • Grizzly Bears - Bear Furs, Bear Claws, Bear Meat, Bear Teeth
  • Horses
  • Moose
  • Mules
  • Pigs
  • Rabbits - Rabbit's Foot
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Skunks
  • Vultures
  • Wolves


In Free Roam players are also able to hunt if desired, Also they have added special hunting challenges for posses this includes Fending off waves of predatory animals together with a posse doing it alone however is surely a Suicide mission


There are two known achievements that involve the hunting and skinning of animals:
Bearly Legal: Kill and Skin 18 Grizzly Bears
Unnatural Selection: Kill one of every animal species in the game in any game mode.
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