Animals and where to find them
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Let's take a look at The Hunter: Call of the Wild - Mississippi Acres Map, where are the best hunting areas, or if you found a great hunting area - leave a comment.
How I hunt: I no longer use the map-provided hunting stands or spend money building them - I rather buy a re-usable Tripod or walk and track animals until I find them drinking, resting, or eating. Tracking animals is far more rewarding than spending half a night in a hunting stand waiting for something to show up. Check out my tracking guide for the Hunter Call of The Wild.
- Simply put a waypoint to a location of about 1k, set your time depending on the animal, arm yourself, and start walking looking for tracks. When you find the tracks simply follow them and don't get distracted by other tracks, keep checking the scat for "fresh" the animal will eventually stop or start walking and you will be within 50m if the wind is favorable.
The primary weapons I use for Mississippi Acres
- The Martensson 6.5mm Lightning with 6.5mm Polymer-Tip Bullets: For me, this is the perfect weapon for Whitetail, Hogs, Black bears, and of course American Alligators.
- The Ranger .243 with.243 Polymer-Tip Bullets - Meets harvest check for Whitetail and for Grey Foxes
- The Kullman .22H Hornet with of course .22H Polymer-Tip Bullets - Great for Jackrabbits
- The NEW AR .223 for the Common Raccoon, Foxes. (Raccoons became a class 1 animal with the recent update)
- The Couso Model 1897 16 gauge, with 16 gauge birdshot - Perfect for Turkey and Quail
First WhiteTail Diamond: I got my first Diamond Whitetail on this map using the Martensson 6.5mm, This rifle has long-range and is very accurate. I also enjoy using the Koter CB-65 Compound Bow with 300 gram and 420-gram tracers - The 300-gram arrows are perfect for small game Rabbits, Racoons, and a fox. While the 420-gram arrows can handle foxes up to the Largest Game the American Alligator. If hunting Alligator with a bow use the 600-gram arrows.
As far as scopes and binos are concerned I use the Ascent for the rifles and Meridian for the Shotgun and a Brightsight for the Bow. Of course, I use the Genzero Night Vision scope that is available in COTW.
Note: When the weapons I listed with the ammo are used on the animals mentioned you can meet the Harvest Check with the shot placed correctly and less than 3 shots. This increases your chance of acquiring a Diamond level trophy. I carry the first three weapons at all times using the large backpack and mule perk to give me more carry weight. when I wish to change the 22 for a Shotgun I simply pitch a tent and make the change.
Hunting Tactics - My main static is "follow the tracks" for the animal you are hunting. The tracks will lead you to zones and almost always the amimal.
My hunting tactics and Quick Access Inventory. Keep in mind wind direction and stealth, and shot placement is key to success. It is advisable to walk from point A to point B - Helps discover need zones and times.
Animals Locations: The places I find the most species.
Whitetail Deer Feeding - 4:00 - 8:30, 14:00 - 18:30, 18:00 - 21:30, Drinking - 8:00 - 11:30 Resting - 0:00 - 4:30, 11:00 - 14:30, 21:00 - 0:30. I hunt in the north area of the map Needle Hollow fartherest lake upper right (Got a Diamond There) and Magnolia Farms the lakes during drinking times. Two Gold WhiteTail in that location same day.
Black Bear Feeding - 0:00 - 4:30, 4:00 - 8:30 Drinking - 20:00 - 0:30 Resting - 8:00 - 12:30, 12:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30 Can be located in the North section of the map Magnolia Farms, and Needle Hollow areas. take a walk through the woods at around 10 am and you will run into a few Black bears, by walking you will discover a need zone for bears and other animals. I harvest the Black Bear with a Compound Bow using 600-gram arrows or my trusty 6.5mm Rifle. You can use 420-gram arrows or a 303 rifle but I find the 600-gram arrows adapt well for the Black Bear.
If you are lucky a bear will stand up looking at you providing a heart shot right between the shoulders. If they give you a warning go into a crouch position next to a bush, wait a minute then try to pick up any tracks. While out in the woods you will come across their need zones. I always have good luck stalking them. - I also keep my range set to 75meters on my rifle when in the woods and only change it if the bear moves out into an opening further than 75 meters. Knowing how to remove the scope quickly is important for close encounters if the bear charges - middle mouse button. - Prime Location is near Ponola Lake (location as shown) I use a 12 Guage with a Slug, wait until the bear rises on his hindquarters, and shoot him right between the shoulders for a heart shot.
Excellent location for male Black Bears - near Ponola Lake.
American Alligators: Feeding - 0:00 - 3:30, 3:00 - 6:30, 6:00 - 9:30, 20:00 - 0:30 Resting - 9:00 - 12:30, 12:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30 Alligators are plentiful in the Delta Wetlands, Bald Tree Brake all along the shoreline. If you go to the Travels Bunk Outpost (Delta Wetlands), lower-middle section there are Alligators just 100meters from the front porch of the OutPost. - I harvested my first gold Alligator from this location using the 6.5mm Rifle with a heart-lung shot, directly behind the front legs. Try to shoot the Alligator when it is on land away from water - resting zones. If the gator makes it to the water and dies - he will float back close to the location shot near you.
The Common Raccoon: Feeding - 3:00 - 6:30, 10:00 - 13:30, 20:00 - 0:30 Drinking - 0:00 - 3:30 Resting - 6:00 - 10:30, 13:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30 . Are plentiful in Bald Tree Brake and Delta Wetlands, Magnolia Farms, and to a lesser degree in Needle Hollow. Go to any open fields in these areas mentioned and set up a Tripod stand along a dirt road in the early morning or late afternoon and use the Racoon Caller. One, two, or three will eventually cross the road. - with the recent update the Raccoon is now class 1 so get the AR .223 for the little friends. You will also find plenty of need zones near and in the cotton, Corn, and Tobacco fields. You basically need to get the Raccoon out in the open to be successful and that is why I set up a Tripod Stand next to a road near a Field/need zone where they cross.
Hogs: Feeding - 6:00 - 10:30, 14:00 - 17:30 Drinking - 3:00 - 6:30 Resting - 0:00 - 3:30, 10:00 - 14:30, 20:00 - 0:30 Hogs will charge you and can kill you so be prepared to remove that scope if charged and take a headshot. I use my Compound Bow with 600-gram arrows or my 6.5mm Rifle. Wild hogs can be found in and around open fields in the same locations as the Common Raccoon. in Bald Tree Brake and Delta Wetlands, Magnolia Farms. Walking along the edges of these fields at the edge of the woods will reveal Need Zones. You will know you are close when you get a warning call. Crouch down and use the Wild Boar caller to lure them near your position. The typical heart-lung shot or if you are being charged a brain shot. Hogs will charge if shot at close range, so be prepared - middle mouse scroll wheel to remove the scope quickly, If you take a hog with a head shot - you will not get the harvest check but may save your life.
Hog Special Note: I love to use the 12 gauge shotgun with slugs to take down hogs. Hogs are easy to hunt, and require some walking and tracking until you find the hogs resting or eating. Easy Pulled Pork Roast.
Quail Feeding - 4:00 - 7:30, 7:00 - 10:30, 13:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30 Drinking - N/A Resting - 0:00 - 4:30, 10:00 - 13:30, 20:00 - 0:30 Quail can be found in nearly all fields and bushy areas. Two favorite spots in the lower end of the map very bottom of Delta Wetlands - Grab your favorite shotgun and take a stroll through the fields. Second, the best place is the Bald Brakes area in the fields located on the far-right of the map.
Turkey: Feeding - 4:00 - 8:30, 8:00 - 11:30, 17:00 - 20:30
Resting - 0:00 - 4:30, 11:00 - 14:30, 14:00 - 17:30, 20:00 - 0:30 Turkeys are plentiful on the far right side of the map next to the large river in Delta Wetlands and Bald Brakes locations. If you take a walk up the far left road in these locations you will have an opportunity to bag a few turkeys. I also enjoy the Needle Hollow area. Use the turkey caller and many times the turkey will literally fly right to you if you are hidden and downwind. - Prime spot for Turkeys is Pilgrim's Point OutPost and travel North about 300m up the hill. Try a time around 10:30 with a Turkey Mouth Caller and 12 Guage with birdshot. There is multiple Turkey Zones north. I consider this the best place to hunt Turkeys - wide open fields.
4 Male Gold Turkeys and 2 female Silver within an hour. Flocks up to 8.
Grey Fox Feeding - 20:00 - 0:30, 0:00 - 4:30, 4:00 - 7:30 Drinking - 17:00 - 20:30 Resting - 7:00 - 10:30, 10:00 - 13:30, 13:00 - 17:30 In general if you find turkeys and rabbit you will also find foxes I use the distressed rabbit caller to lure them in and dispatch using a compound bow or 243. Foxes are located throughout the map in and around open fields and are common in the lower half of the map.
The Mississippi Acres Map with my favorite hunting areas + and ++ areas = Gold and Diamonds.
All Need Zone Times: Please note Some animals may have two different times to feed/drink etc - depending on the location and animal.
Feeding - 0:00 - 3:30, 3:00 - 6:30, 6:00 - 9:30, 20:00 - 0:30
Drinking - N/A
Resting - 9:00 - 12:30, 12:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30
Feeding - 0:00 - 4:30, 4:00 - 8:30
Drinking - 20:00 - 0:30
Resting - 8:00 - 12:30, 12:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30
Feeding - 4:00 - 7:30, 7:00 - 10:30, 13:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30
Drinking - N/A
Resting - 0:00 - 4:30, 10:00 - 13:30, 20:00 - 0:30
Feeding - 3:00 - 6:30, 10:00 - 13:30, 20:00 - 0:30
Drinking - 0:00 - 3:30
Resting - 6:00 - 10:30, 13:00 - 16:30, 16:00 - 20:30
EASTERN WILD TURKEY
Feeding - 4:00 - 8:30, 8:00 - 11:30, 17:00 - 20:30
Drinking - N/A
Resting - 0:00 - 4:30, 11:00 - 14:30, 14:00 - 17:30, 20:00 - 0:30
Feeding - 4:00 -7:30, 7:00 - 10:30, 10:00 - 13:30, 17:00 - 21:30
Drinking - N/A
Resting - 13:00 - 17:30, 21:00 - 0:30, 0:00 - 4:30
Feeding - 20:00 - 0:30, 0:00 - 4:30, 4:00 - 7:30
Drinking - 17:00 - 20:30
Resting - 7:00 - 10:30, 10:00 - 13:30, 13:00 - 17:30
Feeding - 6:00 - 10:30, 14:00 - 17:30
Drinking - 3:00 - 6:30
Resting - 0:00 - 3:30, 10:00 - 14:30, 20:00 - 0:30
Feeding - 4:00 - 8:30, 14:00 - 18:30, 18:00 - 21:30
Drinking - 8:00 - 11:30
Resting - 0:00 - 4:30, 11:00 - 14:30, 21:00 - 0:30