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Hunting Guides (6532)

This profile was generated as part of an occupational standard. The NOC group to which it relates is "Outdoor Sport and Recreational Guide". Outdoor sport and recreational guides organize and conduct trips or expeditions for sports enthusiasts, adventurers, tourists and resort guests. They are employed by private companies and resorts or may be self-employed.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Read posted notices to understand restrictions on land. (1)
  • Scan trade publications to acquire information on industry trends and issues. (2)
  • Refer to repair manuals to troubleshoot equipment failures. (2)
  • Read books and manuals to acquire hunting knowledge. Read to find information about firearms and ammunition, types of bows, or standards for trophy quality. (3)
  • Read government legislation and regulations in order to comply with them. For example, they read provincial regulations regarding health and safety and hunting licenses, or read federal legislation regarding the transportation of firearms and the trading in parts from endangered species. (3)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Interpret signs to obtain information on directions and cautions. (1)
  • Read labels, such as "two-cycle motor oil". (1)
  • Review clients' hunting licences and game tags to ensure that they are current and appropriate. (2)
  • Interpret topographical maps, and by using a compass and the global positioning system (GPS), determine locations and destinations. (2)
  • Interpret graphs and trajectory maps and tables to ensure the safe use of firearms and ammunition. (3)
  • Complete hunt reports. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • May write supplies and equipment check lists to prepare for hunting trips. (1)
  • May write notes to outfitters to share information prior to departure. (1)
  • May keep a log to record information such as game taken, game violations observed and reminders (e.g., supplies required) and prepare hunting report forms. (2)
  • May write accident reports to record the details of accidents or deaths and submit to the appropriate outfitter and local authorities. (2)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Plan trip schedules to establish times for departure, travel, hunting activities, meals and return. (2)
  • Adjust trip schedules to accommodate unforeseen circumstances, such as poor weather, mechanical breakdowns and accidents. (3)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Use scales to weigh animals. (1)
  • Use a tape measure, such as to measure trophies. (1)
  • Convert from metric to imperial measurements systems (e.g., kilograms to pounds) and vice versa to accommodate the information needs of American clients. (2)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate distances to targets. (1)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • Interact with pilots to follow guidelines for loading and boarding aircraft. (1)
  • Interact with enforcement officers and government officials. (1)
  • Interact with outfitters/employers to confirm trip details, obtain information about clients and arrange communication systems. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers such as other guides or camp cooks to collaborate in planning and operating trips. (2)
  • Interact with clients at pre-trip meetings to provide orientation information. This includes a discussion of the role of the outfitter and guide in controlling hunt activities, setting hunting guidelines, and organizing the schedule. (2)
  • Interact with clients to determine their learning needs and deliver instruction in the areas of gun safety, game identification and marksmanship. (2)
  • Interact with clients to share expertise about animal tracking and impart knowledge about the area's culture and topography. (3)
  • Interact with other resource users such as trappers, commercial fishermen, and representatives of the anti-hunting movement to resolve conflicts. (3)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • The weather forecast calls for heavy rain and fog. Hunting guides assess the consequences in terms of safety and client comfort. They make schedule changes and plan alternate activities, communicating with clients to keep them informed. (1)
  • A client speaks only German and the hunting guide speaks only English. Communication is essential in ensuring safety and compliance with regulations. Hunting guides use other methods to communicate such as gestures and sign language, translations of legislation and language dictionaries. They verify that intended messages were received by monitoring the client's performance. (2)
  • The vehicle breaks down in a remote area. Hunting guides use their mechanical skills and knowledge to identify the cause of the problem. They improvise and rig parts from available resources to provide temporary solutions. Clients' expectations create pressure to resolve mechanical problems as quickly as possible. (3)
  • A client is unaware of potential danger when confronted by a bear with its cub. Hunting guides use their knowledge of animal behaviour to calmly tell the client exactly what to do. They prepare to protect the client should it become necessary. When the danger has passed hunting guides use the incident to instruct the client and others in the group on how to avoid dangerous situations with wildlife. (3)
Decision Making
  • Make decisions about planned hunting activities based on an assessment of the weather conditions. (1)
  • Make decisions about client safety and comfort, considering their physical and emotional needs. (2)
  • Make decisions about preventing emergency situations from occurring. (2)
  • Make decisions about scheduling and logistics such as where to go and when to start and stop. (3)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

Job Task Planning and Organizing

Hunting guides have some variety in their work activities but within routines for their pre-trip, guiding and post-trip duties. Their work priorities are determined by employers, client expectations and legislative requirements. They pre-plan trips to establish daily schedules and organize and pack equipment and supplies. There are recurring disruptions (e.g., herd shifts, poor weather) that require them to adjust daily schedules. They order tasks for efficiency. The work plan of hunting guides is only somewhat integrated with that of others as they work alone most of the time. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Recall the names and faces of clients and their special needs and recall weather reports to monitor conditions and make scheduling adjustments.
  • Recall the circumstances of prior mechanical breakdowns to solve current problems.
  • Recall information about the terrain to assist in navigation and memorize regulations, and any annual changes, to comply with provincial (e.g., licensing), federal (e.g., transporting firearms) and international (e.g., Conventions International Treaty of Endangered Species) requirements.
Finding Information
  • Refer to field guides to identify unfamiliar tracks and droppings. (2)
  • Speak with experienced individuals such as other guides and local residents to learn about new hunting areas. (2)
  • Pre-scout new hunting areas to gain first-hand experience of the area's terrain. (3)
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, they use global positioning systems (GPS). (1)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Hunting guides work alone most of the time when preparing for and leading hunting trips. They are an integral part of the outfitter's/employer's team working together to provide high-quality service. They always work independently, co-ordinating their work with the work of others (e.g., other resource users) as needed. Hunting guides occasionally may work with a partner.

Continuous Learning

Hunting guides continue to learn in order to improve their skills (e.g., hunting techniques) and their knowledge (e.g., terrain of a new area).

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