How to Become an Animal Bounty Hunter

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Animal bounty hunters often work on their own to control animal populations, trap pests or hunt animals for their meat, fur or pelts. They are knowledgeable about local, state and national laws for hunting and they may work for forestry agencies or private organizations. Their salaries are generally not very high. The median salary was $19,610 in 2009, according to ONet Online, a website created for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Earn a high school diploma. While this is not a requirement for the job of an animal bounty hunter, it will help you get the job if you compete with a person with more education for the position.

Learn all you can about geography, biology and mechanics. Knowing topography, how to navigate and how to travel to hunting grounds as well as possessing other geography skills is vital for this position as you will be out on your own hunting much of the time. You can gain this knowledge through hunting, hiking, mountain biking, volunteering as a trail guide or working with other outdoorsmen or hunters. Biology is important because it helps you understand how the animals you hunt act, feel and interact with their environments on a seasonal basis. A college education, though helpful, is not the only way to gain the knowledge necessary to do this job; you can learn about these topics on your own. Also learn about using firearms, traps, poisons and other materials, as well as how to hunt, trap, kill, dress and dispose of animals.

Hire yourself out as an animal bounty hunter. Most hunters and trappers are self-employed, according to the ONet Online website in 2008. You can also apply for a position with your state’s forestry service or with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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