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All About Hunters and Trappers

Hunter or Trapper Job Description Hunt and trap wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait, or other purposes.

A Day in the Life of a Hunter or Trapper

  • Obtain required approvals for using poisons or traps, and notify persons in areas where traps and poison are set.
  • Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
  • Cure pelts with salt and boric acid.
  • Kill or stun trapped quarry, using clubs, poisons, guns, or drowning methods.
  • Teach or guide individuals or groups unfamiliar with specific hunting methods or types of prey.
  • Wash and sort pelts according to species, color, and quality.

What Every Hunter or Trapper Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Hunters and Trappers say are important on the job.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Types of Hunter or Trapper Jobs

  • Carriage Rider
  • Carriage Operator
  • Hunting Guide
  • Lion Hunter
  • Forestry Hunter
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