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NOC Code: NOC Code: 8442 Occupation: Trappers and hunters
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Trappers and hunters trap and hunt wild animals for pelts or live sale. They are usually self-employed and work on a seasonal basis. Trappers and hunters trap and hunt wild animals for pelts or live sale. They are usually self-employed and work on a seasonal basis.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3 4
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2 3
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read advertisements of bounties being offered by the province for particular species of animals. (1)
  • Read reports from organizations concerned with hunting and trapping, such as the Fur Institute. (2)
  • Read bear management forms which list the conditions to be observed when bear hunting. (2)
  • Read letters from provincial government staff about trapping issues. (2)
  • Read licence renewal forms. Some major provisions of the laws applying to trappers are printed on the back of the form and are reviewed when applying for the licence. (3)
  • Read government trapping regulations at the beginning of every trapping season. The regulations deal with how to set traps and outline the seasons allowed for trapping different kinds of animals. (3)
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  • Write notes as reminders of where traps have been set and to record supply levels, weather conditions and catches. (1)
  • Write letters, such as letters to timber companies to complain about the removal of animal habitat or letters to politicians about environmental issues. (2)
  • Complete a number of forms to provide the government with statistical information about trapping. (2)
  • Write sales reports for buyers and for your own records, showing species, grades and prices. (3)
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Document Use
  • Read lists, such as price lists and lists of species and hunting quotas for various areas. (1)
  • Read labels on cans of dried food to be taken into the woods. (1)
  • Read line graphs showing the variation of fur quality in different months of the year. (2)
  • Use maps to describe the boundaries of traplines and to indicate where traps have been set. (2)
  • Read assembly drawings of traps. (2)
  • Complete application forms, such as forms for trapline registration and licensing. (2)
  • Read forms, such as dealer pelt purchase forms. (2)
  • Read tables, such as lure use tables, which show lists of species and give rating codes for different types of traps. (2)
  • Recognize angles when taking compass bearings, reading angles from the compass. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with suppliers and repair personnel to arrange for purchases or for the repair of equipment. (1)
  • Chat with loggers, fishermen or other members of the public met along the trapline to build a positive rapport with other users of forest areas. (1)
  • Communicate with other trappers, either by telephone or at meetings, to discuss techniques and equipment. (2)
  • Interact with inexperienced persons who wish to be trappers to provide advice on setting traps and dealing with buyers. (2)
  • Talk to hardware store sales associates or manufacturers' representatives to make suggestions to improve a trap's effectiveness. (2)
  • Talk to fish and wildlife officers to discuss quotas and to exchange information about animal populations. (2)
  • Interact with fur buyers to discuss the quality of pelts and to negotiate prices. (3)
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Money Math
  • Prepare invoices and receive payment for fur sales. (1)
  • Use rates to calculate prices for pelts of differing size. (2)
  • Calculate earnings by multiplying the number of pelts by the price per pelt and subtracting expenses. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Make schedules for trap setting, allocating time periods for setting traps and for travelling to the various locations. (2)
  • Do cost/benefit analyses to determine whether the price which will be paid for a particular species is too low to make trapping cost-effective. (3)
  • Plan a season's trappings. Make adjustments to the plan during the season in response to factors such as species populations, prices and the weather. (4)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the appropriate heights to set snares in order to catch the kind of species being sought rather than another species. (1)
  • Measure the size of pelts after placing them on a stretcher board. Pricing is determined by the size of the pelts. (1)
  • Measure lengths of logs to be cut for a bridge and calculate the number of logs needed. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare the number of tracks and the number of adult females caught to standard numbers to know when to pull the traps to avoid depleting the stock of a species. (1)
  • Compare populations of different animal species in various locales from year to year, using your own records and government reports. This information is used to determine the number and location of traps to set in the coming year. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how much stretching is required in order to maximize a pelt. (1)
  • Estimate the time it will take to cross a swamp to allow enough time to get to the other side before evening falls. (1)
  • Estimate the number of traps and the amount of supplies needed for the hunting season, taking into account weather conditions and the probable number of animals in various areas. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Trappers and hunters make long-range plans for the management of traplines, taking into account the likely size of animal populations and the probable demand for their fur. Since most trappers work alone, they are responsible for setting their own priorities. They plan and organize their time and their provisioning carefully, since failure to plan effectively can result in the rotting of unattended pelts or running out of supplies or fuel while on the trail. Since they traverse large terrains to set snares and traps, they need to be well organized in order to locate all the traps again. (3)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether weather conditions are suitable for checking the traplines. (1)
  • Decide how far apart to set snares and traps. (1)
  • Decide the most appropriate time to set traps for each species. Base the decision on information in books or other publications and past experience. If the decision is wrong, there is the risk of catching fewer animals or using time inefficiently. (2)
  • Decide whether to sell pelts to independent buyers or to auctioneers. The decision is based on the prices for the season and the demand for the pelts. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • A bad snowstorm has completely covered traps. Go back to the trapline to relocate the traps. (1)
  • A certain trap has malfunctioned. Use diagnostic and mechanical skills to identify the problem, such as a defective trigger, and repair it. (2)
  • Recreational tobogganers, skiers and snowmobilers are scaring animals away. It may be necessary to speak to them about areas to stay away from or you may relocate traps further away from popular recreational areas. (2)
  • May fall through the ice while cutting holes in the ice to set beaver traps. Get to shore as quickly as possible and light a fire for warmth if shelter is far away. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Contact government officials to get statistical information on the market for pelts or to get updates on hunting and trapping regulations. (1)
  • Communicate with fishers, loggers or other inhabitants of an area to get information on what roads have been washed out. (2)
  • Read journals and magazines for information on new equipment for hunters and trappers. (2)
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