You love hunting. A big portion of your life is dedicated to this, and it shows. You’re on top of your game (excuse the pun). You’re always searching for new trends, new gear, and new people to bring into this lifestyle. But have you ever thought about turning pro? That’s why we’re here. To show you how to become a professional hunter!
What is the definition of a pro hunter?
Let’s start everything off by actually finding out what a professional hunter is.
A professional hunter is a person who hunts and/or manages game by profession. Be it for the private sector or for the government. You can also be self-employed and make a living by selling hides and meat or guiding clients on big-game hunts.
Professional hunters are also quite rare. Most hunters enjoy the sport for fun or use it as a way to catch game meat. Only a few people are professional hunters, and the competition is extremely fierce.
There are quite a few things you can get out of being a professional hunter. Some hunting competitions offer the winners big paychecks. Others offer free travel to some of the most sought-after hunting sites or even free hunting gear.
To make the process of becoming a pro hunter easier, you should start off by finding out what kind of hunter you are.
Decide what game you want to hunt based on seasons, geography, and your personal interests.
Are you a big game or a small game hunter? Are you after waterfowl, upland birds, or amphibious creatures?
What types of weapons do you specialize in? Rifles, bows, shotguns, something else?
Becoming a master of your field is a lot easier once you actually know what your field is.
It’s a lot to think about, especially when you realize that part of your job will be to guide and help others.
You might think of it as applying for a job and then getting to lead safaris and bringing home a sought-after trophy, but the reality of it is that you might end up accepting a lower position as a “shop shooter” or field staff assistant first. Working your way up to being a fully paid pro staff member might not be as easy as you imagine. You shouldn’t be afraid of getting out of your comfort zone to get to your final goal.
No matter what you can achieve from professional hunting, actually getting there is a huge undertaking.
Let’s start off by taking a look at the gear needed.
What gear do you need?
Your hunting skills have to be top-notch, but your gear has to be on par too. Investing in high-quality hunting gear, including accessories, is crucial. You need to be prepared for everything, and you need to be able to count on your gear 100%.
Start out by writing a list of what you need. It goes without saying that what you’re buying should be top of the line. A lot of people tend to get fixated on the big stuff and forget about the other, small but essential items, such as; a rangefinder, shooting sticks, a set of skinning knives, the best boots and socks available, a fire-starting tool, first aid kit, a multi-tool, 10-20 feet of paracord, insect repellant.
You might look at these items and think that some of them are obvious choices, or you might question some of them. That’s ok; some of them are better to have and not need, others are essential. Make your own list and think about what you absolutely need to have with you.
And, since we can’t talk gear without talking money, let’s dive into our next subject;
Is there a minimum investment?
Yes, there is. Fact is, you have to invest quite a bit in order to become a professional hunter. First of all, if you’re serious, you need the education to back up your skills. Having a diploma or degree in courses related to hunting, such as wildlife or animal science, can increase your chances of overcoming the competition.
You also need the necessary licensing.
Last but not least, getting membership in a hunting club will do wonders for your resume. You’ll also be able to access the best hunting locations that you maybe wouldn’t be able to afford on your own.
Oh, and let’s not forget all of the gear you need!
At the end of the day, the investment is as big or as small as you make it up to be. Choosing what you spend your money on is important, and you need to see what your budget is and what you can do with it.
You might think that the more money you have to spend on gear, courses, and clubs, the easier the road to becoming a pro hunter is, and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong; money is no substitute for good hard work, though.
What is a professional hunter up to date with?
It goes without saying that you should always be up to date with the season regulations, the wildlife of your area, the newest trends in hunting, and all of the hunting laws and regulations.
Answering questions like “what should I be up to date with?” can sometimes be a little tough. In truth, it would probably be easier to answer a question like “what shouldn’t I be up to date with?”. You’re a professional hunter. You need to know everything there is to know about your field of work.
If becoming a professional hunter is truly your calling, if it’s really the path you want to walk down, it’s going to be a tough one. This is not some reverse psychology trick to make you work harder for your dream. It’s just the blunt truth. It’s not easy. But it’s not supposed to be easy.
You’re going to have to improve your hunting skills, get the necessary certifications, invest in the right hunting equipment, and apply for professional hunting jobs.
And if all of that’s not enough, you also have quite the competition.
Sounds tough? It is. We’re a proud nation that doesn’t run away from tough situations. We get the job done.
Get to work!