What does a Hunter and Trapper do?
Hunt and trap wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait, or other purposes.
- Maintain and repair trapping equipment.
- Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
- Obtain required approvals for using poisons or traps, and notify persons in areas where traps and poison are set.
- Trap and capture quarry dead or alive for identification, relocation, or sale, using baited, scented, or camouflaged traps, snares, cages, or nets.
- Scrape fat, blubber, or flesh from skin sides of pelts with knives or hand scrapers.
- Kill or stun trapped quarry, using clubs, poisons, guns, or drowning methods.
- Select, bait, and set traps, and lay poison along trails, according to species, size, habits, and environs of birds or animals and reasons for trapping them.
- Skin quarry, using knives, and stretch pelts on frames to be cured.
- Travel on foot, by vehicle, or by equipment such as boats, snowmobiles, helicopters, snowshoes, or skis to reach hunting areas.
- Track animals by checking for signs such as droppings or destruction of vegetation.
- Pack pelts in containers, load containers onto trucks, and transport pelts to processing plants or to public auctions.
- Participate in animal damage control, wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.
- Teach or guide individuals or groups unfamiliar with specific hunting methods or types of prey.
- Wash and sort pelts according to species, color, and quality.
- Mix baits for attracting animals.
- Decide where to set traps, using grid maps and aerial maps of hunting areas.
- Remove designated parts such as ears or tails from slain quarry as evidence for killing bounty, using knives.
- Train dogs for hunting.
- Release quarry from traps or nets and transfer to cages.
- Publicize hunting activities by writing for outdoor magazines or by making videos of hunts.
- Cut walk tracks for better access to traps and bait stations.
- Cure pelts with salt and boric acid.