I ain't goin' nowhere.

John Marston

Whatever you say, pa.

Jack Marston

Wolves, Dogs and Sons is the fifty-fifth mission in Red Dead Redemption.

To view the mission tree, see:

Main article: Missions in Redemption/Tree


Wolves have been attacking the cattle in the ranch, and John brings Jack and Rufus along to scare the wolves away.


Mission Objectives

To complete this mission, the player must:

  • Follow Rufus to the wolf pack and kill all of the wolves.
  • Follow Rufus to a second wolf pack and kill all of the wolves.
  • Ride back to Beecher's Hope.

Mission Details

Mount your horse and follow Rufus into Tall Trees or Tanner's Reach. Eventually the dog will find a pack of wolves. Shoot them all before moving on to the next pack.

After killing all the wolves, it's time to head back to the farm.

Mission Dialogues

Main article: Wolves, Dogs and Sons/dialogues

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults or kills Abigail, Jack, Rufus or Uncle.
  • Kills his own or Jack's horse.
  • Loses sight of Rufus.
  • Does not kill all of the wolves.
  • Strays too far from the mission location.
  • Breaks the law.
  • Kills a dog.
  • Commits vandalism.
  • Assaults or kills townsfolk.
  • Dies.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Fastest Time: 6:29
  • Shot Accuracy: 95%


  • In the opening cutscene, when Jack is practicing with the rifle, John gives him advice on how to improve his aim by telling him not to stiffen his back "because it'll make the rifle jump". Which is the same advice given to John by Landon Ricketts in the mission "The Gunslinger's Tragedy".
  • When Jack is firing the Repeater Carbine, it is being operated correctly like its real life counterpart the Spencer Carbine. Unlike most lever actions like the Henry or Winchester, the hammer on the Spencer had to be manually cocked by hand in order to fire. During regular gameplay however, the weapon fires by simply operating the lever.


Video Walkthroughs


Completing this mission contributes toward the following Trophy/Achievement:

100 gamerscoreGamerscore
Gold goldGold
Attain 100% List in the singleplayer game completion list.

Red Dead Redemption mission walkthroughs
Marston Ranch Chapter
"The Outlaw's Return""Pestilence""Old Friends, New Problems"
"By Sweat and Toil""A Continual Feast"
"John Marston and Son""Wolves, Dogs and Sons""Spare the Love, Spoil the Child""The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed"
New AustinNuevo ParaisoWest ElizabethMarston RanchRemember My Family
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