National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011


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8442 - Trappers and hunters

Trappers and hunters trap and hunt wild animals for pelts or live sale. They are usually self-employed and work on a seasonal basis.

  • Illustrative example(s)

    • fur trapper
    • game trapper
    • hunter
    • sealer
    • trapper

    All examples

  • Exclusion(s)

    • Animal control trappers or nuisance control trappers (See 7444 Pest controllers and fumigators)
    • Hunting guides (See 6532 Outdoor sport and recreational guides)
  • Main duties

    Trappers perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Set traps with bait and position traps along trails
    • Operate snowmobiles or travel on foot, snowshoes or skis to patrol trapline
    • Remove catch and reset traps and snares
    • Kill and skin catch for pelts, and treat and pack pelts for marketing
    • Trap live animals for sale to buyers or for relocation purposes
    • Maintain and repair trapping equipment
    • Maintain trails and access to trapping lines
    • Trap designated animals for bounty or other control programs
    • May monitor animal population in the trapping regions to ensure future sustainability.

    Hunters perform some or all of the following duties:

    • Operate boats or snowmobiles or travel on foot to reach hunting areas
    • Kill wild animals using firearms or other weapons
    • Skin dead animals for pelts using knives
    • Treat, pack and transport pelts to processing plants or to public auctions
    • Maintain hunting equipment
    • May monitor animal population in the hunting regions to ensure future sustainability.

    Trappers and hunters may specialize in trapping or hunting a particular kind of animal.

  • Employment requirements

    • Completion of trapping or hunting courses may be required in some provinces.
    • A provincial trapping or hunting licence may be required.
  • Additional information

    • In some jurisdictions, trappers may be allocated trapping areas based on their experience.
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