Hunters and Trappers

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About the Job

Hunt and trap wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait, or other purposes.

It is also Called

  • Wildlife Control Operator
  • Urban Wildlife Damage Control Specialist
  • Underwater Trapper
  • Underwater Hunter
  • Trapper
  • Sealer
  • Predatory Hunter
  • Predatory Game Hunter
  • Predatory Animal Trapper
  • Predatory Animal Hunter
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What They Do

  • Publicize hunting activities by writing for outdoor magazines or by making videos of hunts.
  • 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.
  • Cut walk tracks for better access to traps and bait stations.
  • Cure pelts with salt and boric acid.
  • Train dogs for hunting.
  • Pack pelts in containers, load containers onto trucks, and transport pelts to processing plants or to public auctions.
  • Mix baits for attracting animals.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.

Wages

Pennsylvania wage information is not available

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

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