I have been around the combine for about 2 1/2 years and I've been a creature/bandit hunter for most of that time. I hunt using riflemen with ranged weapons ((obviously.)) I am curious if there are those who hunt using melee and the viability of that method.
I do it sometimes to finish leveling off melee troopers that aren't far from max XP. I usually just avoid creatures that hit too hard if I was too lazy to assign skill points to the troopers. There are plenty that don't do a lot of damage, though, and if you dump points into dodge, the troopers should do okay, but I wouldn't start taking on any Krayts.
I've done it, it's not nearly as efficient as hunting from afar though. We're playing a game here though so I like to mix things up and have a bit of fun. Just be prepared to likely lose some squad members depending on what you're going up against and do your homework on creatures ranges/damage.
*pours one out for his poor squad eaten by a sneaky Krayt dragon in Year 15*