After kicking off in Fishing Planet, this week I’ve taken a chance and fired up The Hunter – Call of the Wild. I’m aware of a number of outstanding issues from the most recent of updates but I wanted to try out hunting with a canine companion.

So, meet Mack, my Bloodhound…

…Not the best looking dog and I’d rather have a Border Collie but Expansive Worlds have only given us Bloodhounds. The advantage of that is the tracking ability when you’ve wounded an animal. After initially struggling a little, Mack is now picking up the scent of blood from a good distance which comes in handy when you shoot a Moose – even mortally wounded, they can run over a kilometre and often choose some good hiding places to finally keel over! This one chose open water having dived through some big reeds that would probably have had me scratching my head even with the tracking aids that we have…

…Mack’s barking at me to make sure I’ve seen what he’s found 😉

The community as a whole have welcomed the dogs – even more than the announcement that we were getting Turkeys in a US reserve last year! The disappointment of the bugs that came with the dlc did dampen things a bit but still they are a welcome addition. It is less about what the dog may be able to do and much more about having a companion when you’re out there hunting alone. I certainly like having Mack with me – almost like I occasionally enjoy having a passenger in my truck 🙂

However, I think the presence of a dog comes at a cost, at least in the early days. I’ve missed a couple of shots because Mack got in the way and I had to lower my weapon. I missed an opportunity of a Blacktail buck because, despite having earned the ‘Awareness of when an animal is likely to spook’ trait, Mack spooked the deer. I wonder if the dog’s understanding and implementation of these learned traits slowly improves over time? I guess I’ll find out. But it is good to have a companion 🙂

Here we are sharing a couple more kills – a Bear and a nice Moose 🙂 …

I’ll let you know how Mack grows into the job. ps – If you’re wondering about the name, my Mack Trucks are named after dogs, so I’ve reversed the process 😉


    1. Hi Debra – Yes, he certainly adds a new dimension. He spooked a Moose yesterday – which takes some doing as their eyesight isn’t all that 😉 I’m having to get the hang of when to tell him to stay or laydown. It’ll come and it is nice to have a ‘friend’ along 🙂

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