One of many fun activities in Red Dead Redemption 2 is hunting, but finding the best game and getting the best pelts requires a little patience and skill. Fortunately, there are a few tips and tricks that will make hunting easier, allowing Arthur to utilize his hunting skills to the best of his ability.
Hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2 is more than just a fun side activity, though. Hunting can provide Arthur with both food and clothing, things an outlaw desperately needs to survive the Wild West. Hunting can also provide Arthur with a source of income, giving him the ability to sell animal pelts to the Trapper for cash. Arthur can also use animal pelts gained from hunting to upgrade his equipment.
When it comes to hunting, using the right weapons in Red Dead Redemption 2 could mean the difference between a mutilated pelt and a perfect one. It also affects how quickly Arthur can take down an animal. Although Arthur learns to use a bow early on in the game, there are far better hunting weapons available. One of the most important is the varmint rifle, which Arthur can purchase from a gunsmith. This rifle is perfect for smaller animals. When it comes to the bigger game, though, a rifle with a scope is a necessity. These are the kinds of animals that Arthur can't get close to without scaring, so having something that can pick them off quickly from a distance is vital. Remember that the cleaner the kill, the better the pelt: always try to aim for a one-shot kill.
Having the perfect weapon, though, only does so much. Arthur also needs to have the right ammunition. Fortunately, the game allows players to upgrade their ammunition: Arthur can upgrade everything from bullets to arrows, creating ammo that will help take down wild game faster. He can also craft poison for ammo that will assist with kills. Finally, Arthur can craft arrows that make stealthy stalking a lot quieter. Before choosing a weapon and ammunition, though, Arthur can study everything about an animal by watching it through his scope, binoculars, or by getting close to it. Players can do this while on other missions, giving Arthur all the information he needs for later. Sometimes knowledge is the best weapon.
One of the best skills Arthur has in Red Dead Redemption 2 is Dead-Eye. This skill allows the player to slow down time to make the most precise shots possible. The good news is that this ability does have upgrades, so focusing on getting Arthur's Dead-Eye levels up as high as possible makes hunting a lot easier. Dead-Eye at level 4 allows Arthur to see an animal's most vulnerable organs, guiding him as to where best to take a shot. Fully upgraded, Dead Eye will give Arthur the ability to mark the exact spot he wants to shoot at.
As previously mentioned, the trapper in Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the closest things that Arthur has to a best friend, at least when it comes to vendors. Not only will a trapper pay Arthur for pelts, but players can also pay them to craft clothing and headgear. Trappers also provide hunting accessories, such as bait and lotion to provide cover scent. These tips and tricks should provide players with the help they need to make hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2 an enjoyable and profitable experience. Although hunting is only one small part of the game, it is also one of the most fun elements, allowing players to imagine what life was really like in the Wild West when folks had to kill their own dinners to survive.