For other uses, see Elk hunting grounds (disambiguation).

Elk hunting grounds are moderate spans of territory primarily inhabited by a herd of elk, typically spawning in the middle of the marked area. On the map, these are displayed as red circles. On the compass, players can identify elk hunting ground by the silhouette of a bull elk.

There are two hunting grounds in Amethyst Mountain and three hunting grounds in Slough Creek

The Herd

Elk herds consist of about 6-8 cow elk and one bull elk which leads the herd. Players can follow elk scent trails from the edge of hunting ground territory shortly after entering the area in search of prey. Elk herds can be encountered during both single player and multiplayer in any map.

In multiplayer, players have a better chance of taking down a bull elk by working together, or cow elk much faster than would be possible in single player with two wolves maximum. If all players participate in a pack rally, a temporary strength boost is earned. This is especially useful for hunting sessions, particularly those focused on successfully taking down the bull.

Hunting Techniques

There are a few techniques that may be applied when hunting elk which differ depending on the version of the game you play; in single player, strategies can be more restrained with up to two wolves only, whereas in multiplayer you can form a team of up to five wolves to help you take down prey.

A common strategy is chasing elk to the border of the game world and killing it easily while trapped. This can easily backfire on single player, especially if hunting bull elk. Another strategy that involves trapping would be deliberately having elk catch themselves on obstructions (trees or elk carcasses), allowing you to easily bring them down in either mode of gameplay.

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  • In earlier versions of Amethyst Mountain, long before the release of Survival of the Pack, there was a strong possibility of the game crashing when you or another player entered elk hunting grounds. This has since been fixed. It is a very rare occurrence in the current version.


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