From the forest to the beach, from camp to the kitchen, the hunting knife is the only utility knife you need to excel in all environments. The kitchen knife? Let's just leave it in the kitchen for the visitors who don't own a decent knife.
Choosing a hunting knife, a special purpose knife, or even an everyday carry knife shouldn't be something you lose sleep over. However, the quality, edge retention, as well as the particular purpose for the knife, does dictate the type of knife you need and other technical requirements. You'll be even better off owning several knives so that you are ready for action, no matter the occasion.