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

  • Alligator Hunter
  • Alligator Trapper
  • Animal Bounty Hunter
  • Animal Control Specialist
  • Animal Damage Control Agent
  • Animal Trapper
  • Bird Trapper
  • Bounty Hunter
  • Bounty Trapper
  • Carriage Dogger
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What They Do

  • Patrol trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
  • Obtain permission from landowners to hunt or trap on their land.
  • Travel on foot, by vehicle, or by equipment such as boats, snowmobiles, helicopters, snowshoes, or skis to reach hunting areas.
  • Skin quarry, using knives, and stretch pelts on frames to be cured.
  • Maintain and repair trapping equipment.
  • Scrape fat, blubber, or flesh from skin sides of pelts with knives or hand scrapers.
  • Track animals by checking for signs such as droppings or destruction of vegetation.
  • Obtain required approvals for using poisons or traps, and notify persons in areas where traps and poison are set.
  • 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.
  • Participate in animal damage control, wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.

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

Ohio wage information is not available

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in Ohio. 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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