Bit more realism with the animals, cubs dont kill armed people. There are a number of bear species some are hard to kill others are easy and not all of them need groups or full plate with shield and high skill to solo. American Indians were known to have killed bears solo with melee weapons alone (even easier with bows). Even tigers die from simple snares which cause them to bleed to death over time.
Iron needs to be more plentiful and we shouldnt need to spend 2 to 3 hours of walking around to find 4 or 5 nodes, this makes the game boring as hell and I tend to doze off at which point I spend ages going back to dominon and logging off. I'm not talking hundreds of nodes but more than just 4 or 5 in the disputed areas, Honestly, iron deposits in the real world are not just found in war torn regions of the world, there also found in safe protected ones.
Dont know eating needs to be changed, ive done a lot with just 4 food types (breads I get from godsends) rest from wilderness. Doesnt take long to kill rabbits and partridge, deer is pointless for food seeing as how you get the same amount as a rabbit or a partridge. Would be more realistic if deer, horse and boar give more food than currently, deer used to feed a family so only granting 1 food is a bit harsh 5 would be more realistic seeing as how long it takes us to kill one (low skill players). The wilderness has plenty of carrots, apples and mushrooms, even eggs cooked in a campfire get you more than a mushroom so getting 4 of the 5 food areas filled is no great deal. Water should reduce fatigue more than it does (looks more like it has no real effect) and it should effect more than just once, if I drink 3 lots of water it should benefit me 3 times (I do think reducing the effect after the first and subsequent drinks is fair).
I hunt generally with stone, anything else doesnt last long and needs too much to repair to waste on rabbits, partridge, horse or deer.
Your area arrow skill should hit every creature in the area not just the one, in description it says area damage but Ive only ever seen it damage the creature I targeted, or maybe im using it wrong.
I have friends who hunt deer and boar, some did so with muskets and bows, the ones with bows have dropped large boars (and deer) with a single arrow, another after a wet primer and climbing a large fallen over tree to escape the chasing boar, then reloading his musket killed it with a single shot (yes he thought he was done for).
For deer the target area would be behind the front shoulder, this would hit the hear, lung or liver and if it did not kill the animal instantly it would die generally within approx. 250yards from hemorrhage.
Boars hit zone is more forward and lower than a deer.
The best shot to one hit kill a Bear for an archer has the bear broadside where the arrow has the least amount of distance to enter the chest cavity. It's recommended to wait for the bears front paw to move forward before taking the shot to make sure the bone is not in the way.