Trappers and hunters

National Occupation Code (NOC): 8442

Trappers and hunters trap and hunt wild animals for pelts or live sale. They are usually self-employed and work on a seasonal basis.

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Job Duties for Trappers and hunters

  • Set traps with bait and position traps along trails
  • Operate snowmobiles or travel on foot, snowshoes or skis to patrol trapline
  • Remove catch and reset traps and snares
  • Kill and skin catch for pelts, and treat and pack pelts for marketing
  • Trap live animals for sale to buyers or for relocation purposes
  • Maintain and repair trapping equipment
  • Maintain trails and access to trapping lines
  • Trap designated animals for bounty or other control programs
  • May monitor animal population in the trapping regions to ensure future sustainability.
  • Operate boats or snowmobiles or travel on foot to reach hunting areas
  • Pursue animals by observing and recognizing tracks, trails, animal droppings or broken foliage
  • Train dogs for hunting
  • Kill wild animals using firearms or other weapons
  • Skin dead animals for pelts using knives
  • Treat, pack and transport pelts to processing plants or to public auctions
  • Maintain hunting equipment
  • May monitor animal population in the hunting regions to ensure future sustainability.
Trappers and hunters may specialize in trapping or hunting a particular kind of animal.

Working Conditions for Trappers and hunters

Work is often performed outdoors, often in locations that are in remote wilderness. Firearm and knife usage typically requires special training and licensing. Precautions are taken to prevent illness from potentially diseased animals and injury from dangerous animals.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Beaver Trapper
  • Fur Trapper
  • Game Trapper
  • Hunter
  • Land-based Seal Hunter
  • Land-based Sealer
  • Muskrat Trapper
  • Seal Hunter - Hunting And Trapping
  • Sealer
  • Sealer - Hunting And Trapping
  • Trapper

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