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Red Dead Redemption 2 Hunting Guide – Animal Parts, Weapon Efficiency, Hunting Grounds

Hunting is integral to the gameplay of Red Dead Redemption 2. There are lots of things you can do once you have killed the animal. However, tracking them down is not that easy and using this Red Dead Redemption 2 Hunting Guide will ensure that you at least know what you are doing.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Hunting

Before we look at how to track down animals, let’s go ahead and take a look at all of the animals that you can find in RDR2. You will be hunting down in the wild these animals:

  1. Horses
  2. Squirrels
  3. Wolves
  4. Vultures
  5. Bison
  6. Cows
  7. Pigs
  8. Sheep
  9. Goats
  10. Lizards
  11. Chickens
  12. Moose
  13. Deer
  14. Bears
  15. Crocodiles
  16. Eagles
  17. Crows

How to Track Animals

Usually, you can see animals such as rabbits and deer running around when you are in the wild.

If you do not see them, you can press the L3 and the R3 buttons at the same time to go into your “Eagle Eye” mode in which you can press your bumper buttons to start tracking animals. This will give you a trail to an animal nearby.

Once you exit your “Detective” mode, you will still be able to see the trail. Follow it to the animal and then you will have the chance to kill it which is a process that is quite simple. All you need to do is to use the weapon and shoot the animal.

What to Do with Pelts and Meat

You can get the meat and set up camp to cook food and restore your vitals. You can also take the pelt but the best course of action is to take the carcass back to camp on your horse and have the gang eat it.

They will stay happy this way and donating will allow you to have pelts for future crafting. It will also increase your honor which will only be beneficial in the end.

Hunting Legendary Animals

There are going to be Legendary Weapons in the game. They are unique beasts which are found in the game’s world, but they are very rare.

Once you have killed a Legendary Animal, you can salvage its parts and take them to a trapper who will make unique clothes from it. There are over 200 species of animals in the game so it will be difficult to find all of the Legendary Animals.

However, you should definitely try to kill these animals whenever you get the chance. Although you might be better off if you do not actively search for them and instead focus on other, more important objectives that will have a much higher yield.

Animal Quality and Damage Mechanics

Each animal in the game has a quality which is essentially an indicator of how healthy it is. Animals of better quality have better pelts than those of poorer quality.

There are a total of 3 different quality standards which can be viewed in the info window or in the inspect tab when you inspect an animal using the L2/LT button.

The 3 quality standards are poor, good and pristine. In a perfect world, you want to get the pristine quality as much as possible. However, that will not be possible in every situation so you might need to settle for less in certain situations.

You can also deal with different types of damage to animals, which are the following:

Fatal Damage
This damage is dealt to the vital organs. Doing fatal damage ensures that the target dies in a single bullet. It is very hard to hit these organs since their area is quite small.

Dead Eye ability can be used once it is at level 4 or higher in order to have the vital organs glow red when your crosshair is near them.

Critical Damage
This damage is dealt when you hit critical organs like the lungs. It may not be fatal but it does a lot of damage.

Having the Dead Eye ability on Rank 5 can be a big help as it makes the critical organs glow red. Organs with critical damage usually bleed and cause the animal to slow and then collapse.

Normal Damage
This is the standard variant of damage which has absolutely no bonuses and works similar to the damage mechanic found in most games.

Optimal Weapons

For each animal size, there is a different weapon that would be perfect for killing them. We will be taking a look at each animal size, all of the animals which qualify in that size and the weapon(s) that would be perfect for killing them.

Size Animals Optimal Weapons
Small
Armadillo
Bullfrog
Toad
Blue Jay
Waxwing
Songbird
Sparrow
Loon
Parrot
Pheasant
Raven
Booby
Gull
Badger
Bat
Beaver
Buzzard
Cardinal
Cat
Chicken
Coyote
Crow
Duck
Fish
Frog
Lizard
Opossum
Varmint Rifle
Small Game Arrow (Bow)
Moderate Eagle
Crane
Cormorant
Egret
Hawk
Heron
Owl
Pelican
Spoonbill
Turkey
Vulture
Condor
Goose
Iguana
Rabbit
Armadillo
Badger
Muskrat
Possum
Raccoon
Skunk
Varmint Rifle
Medium Pig
Beaver
Coyote
Fox
Poison Arrow (Bow)
Arrow (Bow)
Throwing Knife
Repeater
Rifle
Sniper Rifle
Large Alligator
Turtle
Buck
Cougar
Boar
Panther
Big Horn Ram
Wolf
Deer
Goat
Sheep
Pronghorn
Peccary
Poison Throwing Knife
Poison Arrow (Bow)
Rifle
Sniper Rifle
Massive Bear
Bull
Elk
Moose
Cow
Oxe
Bison
Alligator
Poison Arrow (Bow)
Improved Arrow (Bow)
Poison Throwing Knife
Rifle
Sniper Rifle
Slug (Shotgun)

Hunting Accessories
There are a total of 2 types of different hunting accessories. The first one is the cover scent. A cover scent can mask your smell which will make it difficult for animals to figure out where you are so that you can sneak up close to them.

The second kind of accessory is the bait which will attract wild animals based on the type of bait that you have. Simply drop it on the ground and then hide nearby, waiting for the animal to come. A fresh carcass can also be used for this purpose.