How to Play Manhunt

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Manhunt is a large-scale game of hide-and-seek. It can be played in any outdoor area with definable borders, day or night.

Setting Up

Select an area appropriate for the number of players. A quarter of an acre per player is a practical guide.

Establish boundaries.

Establish a signal for the hunt to begin - car horn, air horn, or loud yell.

Choose whether you wish to start with a single hunter or two or three hunters for a large group.

Choose a time delay for players to hide before the hunt begins.

Select a method for tagging players. Either the hunter tags players or just calls out their names and hiding places.

Playing the Game

Give all hunted players a set amount of time to run and hide.

Signal the start of the hunt.

Begin searching the area if you are a hunter.

Become a new hunter if you are found.

End the game when all hidden players have been found.

Tip

Keep moving instead of hiding in one place. Don't hide in groups or let others know your hiding spots. Newly tagged hunters will check known hiding places first. Wear dark or camouflage clothing and good running shoes. At night, allow the hunter to carry a flashlight and tag people with the flashlight beam. Avoid hiding inside buildings unless they are open barns or the like. The last player found becomes the first hunter in the next game.

Warning

Avoid dark areas with cliffs, drop-offs, broken glass or traffic.