Living in the city, I don’t get exposed to hunting. It’s about as alien to me as Swahili. The closest I’ve ever been to hunting was in a college friend’s pickup truck. He offered me a piece of squirrel jerky from a recent kill. I passed on that, but now I regret it.
Go to the Midwest or in the South and you’ll find that hunting is a way of life for most folks. Shoppers wander the aisles of Walmart in camo. Pickups with gun racks are more common than Priuses. It’s a pastime like fishing for those on the coast or near rivers. Heck, even one of my journalism teachers hunted on the weekends. It’s something I’ve wanted to do just once but I have neither the time nor the money to pour into it.
But that’s what video games are sometimes for — fantasy fulfillment. For those curious about the hunting life, Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 offers a solution. Like previous editions, it tries to simulate the thrill of the stalking prey in the wilderness. Players choose weapons such as a classic .223 bolt action rifle and head outdoors to search for deer, moose or other big game.