Hunts and traps wild animals for human consumption, fur, feed, bait, or other purposes.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resource Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Patrols trap lines or nets to inspect settings, remove catch, and reset or relocate traps.
- Obtains permission from landowners to hunt or trap on their land.
- Travels on foot, by vehicle, or by equipment such as boats, snowmobiles, helicopters, snowshoes, or skis to reach hunting areas.
- Skins quarry, using knives, and stretches pelts on frames to be cured.
- Maintains and repairs trapping equipment.
- Scrapes fat, blubber, or flesh from skin sides of pelts with knives or hand scrapers.
- Obtains required approvals for using poisons or traps, and notifies persons in areas where traps and poison are set.
- Tracks animals by checking for signs such as droppings or destruction of vegetation.
- Selects, baits, and sets traps, and lays poison along trails, according to species, size, habits, and environs of birds or animals and reasons for trapping them.
- Participates in animal damage control, wildlife management, disease control, and research activities.