8442 Trappers and hunters

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

Example Titles

  • fur trapper
  • game trapper
  • hunter
  • sealer
  • trapper

Main duties

  • Trappers perform some or all of the following duties:
    • 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.
  • Hunters perform some or all of the following duties:
    • Operate boats or snowmobiles or travel on foot to reach hunting areas
    • 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.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of trapping or hunting courses may be required in some provinces.
  • A provincial trapping or hunting licence may be required.

Additional information

  • In some jurisdictions, trappers may be allocated trapping areas based on their experience.

Exclusions

  • Animal control trappers or nuisance control trappers (in 74447444 Pest controllers and fumigators)
  • Hunting guides (in 65326532 Outdoor sport and recreational guides)