Details for Hunters and Trappers
Hunt and trap wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait, or other purposes.
- Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
- Obtain permission from landowners to hunt or trap on their land.
- Travel on foot, by vehicle, or by equipment such as boats, snowmobiles, helicopters, snowshoes, or skis to reach hunting areas.
- Skin quarry, using knives, and stretch pelts on frames to be cured.
- Maintain and repair trapping equipment.
- 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.
- Track animals by checking for signs such as droppings or destruction of vegetation.
- Select, bait, and set traps, and lay poison along trails, according to species, size, habits, and environs of birds or animals and reasons for trapping them.
- Participate in animal damage control, wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.
- Release quarry from traps or nets and transfer to cages.
- Kill or stun trapped quarry, using clubs, poisons, guns, or drowning methods.
- Trap and capture quarry dead or alive for identification, relocation, or sale, using baited, scented, or camouflaged traps, snares, cages, or nets.
- Wash and sort pelts according to species, color, and quality.
- Teach or guide individuals or groups unfamiliar with specific hunting methods or types of prey.
- Mix baits for attracting animals.
- Pack pelts in containers, load containers onto trucks, and transport pelts to processing plants or to public auctions.
- Train dogs for hunting.
- Cure pelts with salt and boric acid.
- Cut walk tracks for better access to traps and bait stations.
- Remove designated parts, such as ears or tails, from slain quarry as evidence for killing bounty, using knives.
- Decide where to set traps, using grid maps and aerial maps of hunting areas.
- Publicize hunting activities by writing for outdoor magazines or by making videos of hunts.
- Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Education, training, experience
- Education - Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Experience - Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a waiter or waitress even if he/she has never worked before.
- Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- 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.
- 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.
- Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
- Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
- Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
- Nursery Workers