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8442 – 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 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.

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.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
C – Occupations usually require secondary school and/or occupation-specific training.
Major group
84 – Workers in natural resources, agriculture and related production
Minor group
844 – Other workers in fishing and trapping and hunting occupations
Associated Career Handbook profiles
8442.1 – Trappers 8442.2 – Hunters
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