Hunter/Trapper  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overnight travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Animal Damage Control Agent --
  • Fur Trapper --
  • Hunter --
  • Hunting Guide --
  • Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator --
  • Nuisance Wildlife Trapper --
  • Predator Control Trapper --
  • Trapper --
  • Urban Wildlife Damage Control Specialist --
  • Wildlife Control Operator --