Deer Hunter 1997
The original game was released in November 1997. In 2003, Southlogic Studios was commissioned by WizardWorks to develop Trophy Hunter 2003; and because of Trophy Hunter's success, they took over the development of the Deer Hunter franchise, with Deer Hunter 2004 and Deer Hunter 2005, distributed by Atari. Glu Mobile acquired the entire franchise in April 2012. The original Deer Hunter and its sequel Deer Hunter II have also been released for Macintosh computers.
Deer hunter 1997
Gameplay usually takes place in a thick forest or meadow during different seasons of the year. Animals and objects other than deer can be seen while playing, including Bigfoot and UFOs in some incarnations, but these serve no purpose other than scenery. Some animals may be shot and killed, but the player receives no trophy and will be penalized if the animal was a protected species. In the latest versions, players can also manage a deer herd with deer growth and genetics deciding the traits of offspring.
The franchise's main line games are: 1997's Deer Hunter, 1998's Deer Hunter II, 1999's Deer Hunter 3, 2001's Deer Hunter 4, 2001's Deer Hunter 5, 2002's Deer Hunter 2003, 2003's Deer Hunter 2004, 2004's Deer Hunter 2005, and 2008's Deer Hunter Tournament. After the release of Deer Hunter Tournament, every game bearing the franchise's name has been a mobile version, and there has not been a full-fledged game since; however, some of these versions have seen ports on Steam, to poor reviews.
1997, the year Deer Hunter was released on Windows, as well as Mac. Made by Sunstorm Interactive, Inc. and published by WizardWorks Group, Inc., this simulation game is available for free on this page.
Deer Hunter: Interactive Hunting Experience brings the thrill of the hunt to the computer screen, offering three diverse locales and seasons. Spot big bucks in the relatively sparse woods of winter-bound Indiana, a leafy fall setting in the Arkansas woodlands, and the thick pines of the Colorado Alpine meadows. Hone skills at the target range with a .270 caliber rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun or a compound bow. Hunting techniques include spotting deer droppings, rubbings, and bedding areas, as well as factoring in wind direction, use a deer call or antler rattle, and more.
Virtual hunters can spot deer through binoculars or a rifle sight, or use a top-down map view that offers an easy method for selecting new locations. Other features include use of a tree stand, attractant scents or a cover scent to mask human odors, and a Trophy Room where prize bucks are showcased. For players needing additional help, three codes are available that depict deer locations, lure prey closer, and accelerate movement.
Ripping up the PC charts for months, Deer Hunter by Wizard Works has become the most popular hunting game of all time. You're probably saying to yourself: "Was there ever any competition?" Well, not really. Originally designed as a Wal-Mart exclusive, Deer Hunter rapidly caught the eye of sport hunters and soon after, the entire gaming industry. It took the mighty StarCraft from Blizzard to knock this behemoth out of the number one spot. At one time, Deer Hunter and Deer Hunter: Extended Season held the top two spots. Not bad for a game whose production cost a fraction of the overhead of most popular games today.
Graphically, Deer Hunter does mother nature justice. The 360 degree head-cam portrays the winter scenes, forests, and meadows well. There aren't any breathtaking views, but no one buys this game to go sight-seeing. There is an overhead, square map that you actually move around on. Once you find a suitable spot, you can click on 'hunt' and the perspective changes to that of the hunter. This view only rotates 360 degrees. The animals look alright; no fancy 3D effects, but they look like deer.
Soundwise, Deer Hunter also captures the feel of hunting well. As you stand around waiting for deer, you hear the howling of the wind or the chirping of birds and gurgling of rivers. It's like one of those new-age, "sounds of nature" tapes. Quite relaxing. You also hear your buck call and antler rattle, which I guess sound real. Finally, the hunter gives you great, constructive advice while standing around. Things like "Nice shot. That's a good way to scare off all the bucks.", or "I'm getting cold."
The options in Deer Hunter are pretty much what you'd expect. There are the three aforementioned weapons and three optional hunting aids: a tree stand, cover scent, and deer attractant. Just picture yourself standing in the middle of the forest dressed as a tree with a bottle of deer cologne. While hunting you also have a compass, binoculars, buck call, and antler rattle. No heat seeking missiles or motion trackers.
Probably one of the most attractive points of Deer Hunter is the ease of the interface. Everything is mouse driven and the help menu gives you enough strategy to be a successful hunter. Computer users of all levels will be able to step right into the game without much hassle. Hunting was never this easy.
I had few (if any) problems with Deer Hunter. I did have a few wishes though. Instead of rotating the head-cam, I would rather have been able to walk around in the environment. This would make the simulation all the more real. It would also be more interesting and realistic to have other animals in the maps instead of only deer. Finally, after scoring a few kills, the thrill of it all kind of died. Killing a couple of deer was alright, but I won't be burning the midnight oil trying to bag the mythical Yeti-buck of the Andes. I'm sure hunting fans will get much more replay out of the game.
It took an apparently simple game to drive me almost crazy and finally reveal a flaw in DxWnd window handling.The game is the first "Deer Hunter" (1997), that uses the incredible and possibly record number of 131 user32.dll different calls, not to mention the 119 calls from kernel32.dll and (only) 33 from gdi32.dllBut in the end the flaw was in the universal CreateWindowEx wrapper, so I take that several other games could be impacted, possibly for the better.In any case now Deer Hunter works pretty well (as long as you don't move the main window: some non-client windows may easily stick to their original placement!). In a while a new patch.
Here the patched version good enough for Deer Hunter (the first episode).The game was developed and released on 1997, making wide use of user32/gdi32 calls. I'd bet that the following episodes should be completely different, but I'll take care of them.This one, in effect, took me a lot of time because there was a flaw in a very delicate part of the logic, that still would need some tuning for the "Keep aspect ratio" option (that in effect doesn't work...). Also, a first fix broke the behaviour of other games (i.e. Imperialism). This one seems better.In any case, I made some testing, as you cn see from the picture .... ;)
Early in the morning, the host and his guests get out of bed and prepare to ride forth from the castle. They attend Mass, eat a small breakfast, and leave with their hunting dogs as dawn breaks. They ride through the woods, chasing after the deer and herding the does away from the bucks and harts. In the fields, they slay the deer dozens at a time with their deadly arrows. The hounds hunt down the wounded animals, and the hunters follow to kill them off with their knives.
Meanwhile, the lord has been hunting deer with his men all day. As evening comes on, the hunters begin to flay the animals, separating the meat and skin from the carcasses. The poet describes the dismembering of the deer in gory detail, from the removal of their bowels to the severing of their heads. After they finish their bloody task, the hunters return home with their meat.
We made a decision to proceed with most of the proposed changes. The amendments will support the continued delivery of a modern and efficient provincial deer harvest management system. No significant impact to deer harvest levels, hunter safety or deer population stability are anticipated because of these changes.
The ministry engaged with local stakeholders on the proposed changes and will communicate through the annual Hunting Regulations Summary to ensure hunters are aware of the changes. The ministry decided not to proceed with the proposed season change in WMU 26 to address concerns about moose and deer season misalignment. The ministry is still considering the proposal to repeal the special authorization regulation for WMU 93C and intends to conduct additional local engagement prior to making a decision on this matter.
We have recently developed the White-tailed Deer Management Policy for Ontario (2017) and the White-tailed Deer Population Objective Setting and Harvest Management Guidelines (2019) which provide a detailed description of the provincial white-tailed deer management program. The guidelines incorporate adaptive and responsive harvest management planning which includes ecological, social, cultural, and economic information while striving for coordination and consistency among ecologically similar neighbouring wildlife management units (WMU) to achieve broader scale management objectives.
We are proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 665/98 (Hunting) and Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons) under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 to simplify and align deer seasons across the province in order to deliver a modern, efficient and sustainable provincial deer harvest management system.
There are no anticipated significant environmental implications that would impact deer harvest levels, hunter safety, or deer population stability as a result of these proposed changes. The proposed changes described below apply to resident seasons and non-resident seasons (where applicable).
This proposed change will simplify deer seasons and increase consistency and weekend opportunity for gun hunters. The existing gun season(s) would be extended by 2 days (Saturday and Sunday) in WMUs 45 and 53B, and by 1 day (Sunday) in the remaining WMUs listed above. This gun season extension would impact existing bows only seasons, however, bows are permitted to be used during the existing gun seasons (hunter orange required) in the WMUs listed except for the 53B controlled deer hunt (CDH). If the use of bow during the CDH season is added in proposal number 2 then existing bows only hunters will be able to continue hunting with a bow on the additional Saturday and Sunday of the gun season if they are successful in the CDH validation draw.