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Hunters and trappers hear the call of the wild... and answer it. They hunt and trap wild animals for wildlife management... for food... or to harvest their fur. Trappers set up and bait traps in locations they believe will attract animals. They monitor their trap locations to remove any catches or relocate unsuccessful traps. Hunters track and catch or kill animals with rifles or bows. Hunters and trappers usually kill their quarry, butcher it, and stretch pelts on frames to be cured. For wildlife management or research, they may trap animal species to study or relocate. Hunters and trappers need a state license to perform their duties. They also need to seek permission from landowners to hunt on private property. Licenses specify the hunting season, the type and amount of wild animals that may be caught, and the type of weapons or traps that can be used. These careers may require considerable travel to reach hunting areas whether relying on personal stamina traveling by foot, skis or snowshoes or for greater distances, relying on an off-road vehicle, such as an ATV or snowmobile. This work appeals to those who like the freedom to make their own decisions... are skilled with using their hands... and enjoy time outdoors without a schedule. It takes resourcefulness to come up with solutions as problems arise, sometimes in dangerous circumstances or bad weather. There are no formal education requirements, but most people in the field have prior recreational hunting and trapping experience.


Hunt, trap, catch, or gather wild animals or aquatic animals and plants. May use nets, traps, or other equipment. May haul catch onto ship or other vessel.

Daily tasks

Teach or guide individuals or groups unfamiliar with specific hunting methods or types of prey.

Obtain permission from landowners to hunt or trap on their land.

Maintain and repair trapping equipment.

Wash and sort pelts according to species, color, and quality.

Release quarry from traps or nets and transfer to cages.

Scrape fat, blubber, or flesh from skin sides of pelts with knives or hand scrapers.

Obtain required approvals for using poisons or traps, and notify persons in areas where traps and poison are set.

Interpret weather and vessel conditions to determine appropriate responses.

Steer vessels and operate navigational instruments.

Sort, pack, and store catch in holds with salt and ice.

Attach nets, slings, hooks, blades, or lifting devices to cables, booms, hoists, or dredges.

Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Food Production Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.