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Since hunting seems to be the best way to earn money in the game so far, I figured we should start a thread for newer players who are looking to earn some quick cash. Below are some tips that I've come up with after several days of doing nothing but bagging every animal I can see:

 

  • Animals in Red Dead 2 have different quality pelts, and the better the quality the more money you can make. The kinds of pelts you can encounter are Perfect (***), Good (**), and Poor (*)
  • Animals spawn randomly throughout the map, but my favorite places so far are Great Plains (Buffalo spawn there), Tall Trees, Blackbone Forest, and the Heartlands. The area between Valentine and Emerald Ranch seems to be a great spot because of how open it is.
  • MAKE EVERY SHOT COUNT! If you riddle an animal with bullets the value of their pelt will decrease. If the animal is big enough try aiming for the head.
  • When first starting out bag as many animals as you can, but as you start to earn more money and become a better hunter try going exclusively for "good" or "perfect" pelts since they will net a bigger profit.
  • Your starting weapons are not great for hunting, so try and invest in some better firepower as soon as you can. The best all-around weapon for hunting is the Bolt Action Rifle, while the Varmint Rifle is good for small animals and even birds. The bow is also a good investment because it allows you to stealthily kill an animal without alerting any that are nearby.
  • On the subject of weapons, keep in mind that if you shoot small animals with a large caliber weapon (e.g. the Bolt Action)  it will reduce the value of their pelts.
  • Bird hunting can be extremely profitable. Since most birds travel in flocks of two or more there is serious potential to earn a lot of cash by shooting down as many birds as you can. The Varmint Rifle or a repeater are your best options for taking down birds.
  • The Baits (Herbivore Bait and Predator Bait) that you can buy in stores or craft aren't a great investment in my opinion. I've tried to use both on several occasions and either it won't work or only one or two animals will appear. I find it easier to hunt without it.
  • If you kill a large animal (Buffalo, Bear, Elk, Moose, etc.) you are only allowed to carry one of their pelts at a time, so I suggest storing only the best quality pelt you can get.
  • If you shoot an animal and it is dying, wait for it to bleed out. If you shoot it again the value of its pelt will decrease.
  • When encountering a pack of animals, don't ride and/or run right into them. They'll likely hear you coming and disperse. Instead, hang back a bit and scout out the ones with good quality pelts. When you've found the best one, take it out first, and then go for as many others as you can. The bow is probably the best option for hunting packs of animals because of how quiet it is.
  • Be careful of trolls. If they kill you you will lose your pelts that you've stored on your horse.

 

Please feel free to add your own tips/advice to this thread!

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On both characters I've had, I was jumped by a pack of wolves and shortly after, a cougar. I riddled the already poor cougar (gross white coat) with repeater rounds and skinned it, and also loaded up it's carcass and headed to a butcher fairly far from where I killed it (there was a closer butcher, but in the wrong direction I was going) and it's poor carcass still netted over $5.

While hunting multiple animals in the same herd/area, DO NOT go too far from any dead animals you've dropped (like if you get them spread out), they will disappear. Not sure if this is a bug or intentional, but it's annoying, and if it is supposed to happen, they need to increase the distance.

Once somebody else must have gotten confused and must have stowed their wolf pelt on my horse while I was in a shop. I came out and noticed it. I went to the butcher but didn't see it listed as on my horse. I tried to grab it off my horse but it didn't give me the option to. I decided to go into the stable to clear it, Going into the stable indeed removed it.

Note: If you're hunting and fully load your horse up (multiple medium pelts, 2 small animal carcasses and a large animal carcass) DO NOT go into the stables, even on foot. I needed horse provisions since my horse cores were nearly depleted. I parked my horse and walked into the stable on foot. upon leaving, I was in the saddle and my pelts and carcasses were gone.

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8 hours ago, Nomad said:

I just lasso my prey and stab it in the neck, usually bucks.  10 dollars for perfect buck carcass and 3 dollars for perfect pelt.

Probably the best tip I've heard.  Can you lasso a jack rabbit? The carbine makes a mess of them....

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"Bird hunting can be extremely profitable. Since most birds travel in flocks of two or more there is serious potential to earn a lot of cash by shooting down as many birds as you can. The Varmint Rifle or a repeater are your best options for taking down birds."

 

This, so many times this. Herons, varmint rifle, 3 feather per kill, 10 feathers - 15 dollars. All fits in your satchel, no chance to lose it.

Turkeys, not so great but they're so prolific you may as well fill your bag with them, it'll take half a minute.

Pelicans, 17.50? I think? For 10. There's something that goes for $20 for 10 feathers, can't remember what it is but it's near the pelicans and herons. Crescent something maybe? At any rate, 10 minutes along the San Denis shoreline during the day usually nets you $40-60. If you have the bolt action, grab a perfect alligator skin ( $3.50, but it all adds up ) and kill a few more to max out your Big Game Meat and Alligator Tooth's.

Did not know buck pelts went for that much, that's actually a decent farm, given that they are prolific and that you can lasso them. Don't quote me on this but I believe only deer / bucks are lassoable. That's certainly all I've managed to lasso in multiplayer or singleplayer but there may well be others I just never tried on.

I love posts like these, keep the positivity and community going. ❤️

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I have started to hunt in swamp/marshlands just north a of saint Denis (follow train track up). Plenty of alligators and herons to choose from as well of the occasional buck and boar. Skin/pluck birds for feathers and take back as many perfect carcasses as you can fit on horse. Usually make $20-$30 each 10 minute run. 

Once I'm done just follow train track into saint Denis and sell at butcher and then head back out. Got general store next to butchers as well in case you need to resupply ammo

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Hmmmm.....  I do the StDenis bird hunting thing, but it's still not anywhere near $30 for 10 mins.  More like $50 - $60 per hour, depending upon luck.

I've tried hunting, fishing all over the map - as far as I can tell there isn't any particularly quick and easy method to get cash.  It takes hours of grinding to get $200.

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Okay few tips to make bird hunting north of St Denis work better for you.

 

Varmint rifle everything. It will perfect the birds.

Hug the shoreline up then come down the other side of the tracks going back.

Eyes to the sky. This is the most important bit. Plucking a kill? Look to the sky.

Individual birds are fine but it's the flocks you want. Kill a flock of herons, with a little luck on quality that's 10 Heron Plumes. 1.75 each, 17.50 for 10.

Stick two perfects on your horse as a bonus.

Even crows and ravens add up. Pelicans come in at 1.50 each feather, 15 for 10.

Theres another one that comes in at 1.95 per feather if you get a real lucky flock.

Can you play cross system on RDO? I'd be happy to show you the best spots.

It does vary, but not to the point of that low. A bad turn in for me is $40ish.

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20 minutes ago, Cliffs said:

I find hunting around my camp to be free of online players and have good luck getting quality animals BUT most times my camp is too far from a butcher.

If you set you camp in the region above saint Denis (the name escapes me, begins with "B") that sometimes sets up just left of the train track which is quite handy as butcher only a 2 min horse journey South 

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1 hour ago, Jenkouk said:

If you set you camp in the region above saint Denis (the name escapes me, begins with "B") that sometimes sets up just left of the train track which is quite handy as butcher only a 2 min horse journey South 

You can set up camp where you want in online play?  Hmmmm

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On 12/1/2018 at 12:53 PM, Nomad said:

I just lasso my prey and stab it in the neck, usually bucks.  10 dollars for perfect buck carcass and 3 dollars for perfect pelt.

Whatever you do, I repeat Do Not Do With The Buffalo.  Instead of killing them, you will just kick them.  They don't seem to appreciate that much.  Just saying for a friend, who did it twice.

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Does anyone else do 'circuits'?

In order to create variety and stop it becoming too monotonous, I prefer to hunt in circuits that mix up hunting, herb collection, fishing, shack searching, bandit camp clearance, and I sometimes throw in the odd murder too, before selling stuff (and maybe ending with a saloon brawl). 

It's not as efficient, but more fun!

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1 minute ago, Poggy said:

Does anyone else do 'circuits'?

In order to create variety and stop it becoming too monotonous, I prefer to hunt in circuits that mix up hunting, herb collection, fishing, shack searching, bandit camp clearance, and I sometimes throw in the odd murder too, before selling stuff (and maybe ending with a saloon brawl). 

It's not as efficient, but more fun!

This weekend, every group I was with.  We would ride to go do something and ended up after a few minutes that stopped and we did other things.  I noticed after hunting a certain area animal spawns would slow way down.  So we traveled and hunted, I'm not high enough to fish yet.  We did missions, killed bad people, killed bad animals, robbed bad businesses.  Just in case you haven't noticed everything we did we cause we was the good guys and they was bad.  The bounties was just fake news.

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Didn't find any topics for fishing specifically in the online area, and the answer could be different depending on if it's online or single player.  I'm looking for how it works for online...

Does anyone know if the prices fish sell at depend solely on the size/weight of the fish, or does the type of fish affect the price as well?  I'd imagine it'd be based on weight (quality of course is a factor, sold a 1 star Muskie I killed with a shotgun from lake Owanjila or w/e it's called for a few bucks, and those things are huge, have to set it on the back of the horse like a large carcass).

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3 hours ago, KRooKeD KRoW said:

Didn't find any topics for fishing specifically in the online area, and the answer could be different depending on if it's online or single player.  I'm looking for how it works for online...

Does anyone know if the prices fish sell at depend solely on the size/weight of the fish, or does the type of fish affect the price as well?  I'd imagine it'd be based on weight (quality of course is a factor, sold a 1 star Muskie I killed with a shotgun from lake Owanjila or w/e it's called for a few bucks, and those things are huge, have to set it on the back of the horse like a large carcass).

I've read some salmon goes for $4

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