A career as a hunter or trapper can include many different types of work. However hunters and trappers all have the same overall goal of capturing and obtaining wild animals for the purpose of human consumption to use as feed or bait or for their fur. Some individuals focus on setting traps for small game while others concentrate on hunting for large game during the legal hunting season. Some set traps for small animals while others hunt for larger ones. However all of them must know about the lifestyle and habitat of the animals they are seeking so that they can determine where to set traps or where they will be most successful in their hunt. All hunter and trappers must be knowledgeable about all local state and federal regulations regarding the type of work they do and they must know how to use weapons and other equipment safely. Also they must have the required license for the work in which they specialize and they must be knowledgeable about and respectful of nature and conservation. The website says that many hunter and trappers select this career after long-time experience with family members or friends from whom they learned the necessary techniques. Hunters must pass a hunter’s safety test before they can go into the woods with firearms but there is no such test for trappers. According to the website hunters and trappers earn an average salary of $30000 per year. However salaries for this profession vary considerably depending on which type of animal is involved. Also many hunter and trappers perform additional services and skills (such as cleaning skinning and packaging) which are reflected in the fees they charge.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $30000
High Salary: $35000
Low Salary: $25000
Tasks: Knows all local, state and federal hunting and trapping regulations.
Determines where to set traps.
Traps, catches and kills animals.
Trains dogs to assist in hunting efforts.
Also Called: Pelter
Fur Trapper
Game Trapper
Forestry Hunter
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