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85104 – Trappers and hunters

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

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Set traps with bait and position traps along trails
  • Operate boats or snowmobiles or travel on foot, snowshoes or skis to patrol trapline or to reach hunting areas
  • Pursue animals by observing and recognizing tracks, trails, animal droppings or broken foliage
  • Remove catch and reset traps and snares
  • Kill and skin catch for pelts, and treat and pack pelts for marketing or for transport to public auctions
  • Kill wild animals using firearms or other weapons
  • Trap live animals for sale to buyers or for relocation purposes
  • Maintain and repair trapping and hunting equipment
  • Maintain trails and access to trapping lines or hunting regions
  • Trap designated animals for bounty or other control programs
  • May train dogs for hunting
  • May monitor animal population in the trapping or hunting regions to ensure future sustainability.

Employment requirements

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

Additional information

  • In some jurisdictions, trappers may be allocated trapping areas based on their experience.
  • Trappers and hunters may specialize in trapping or hunting a particular kind of animal.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
85 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Sub-major group
851 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
8510 – Agriculture, horticulture and harvesting labourers and related occupations
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