20 Jobs in the Hunting Industry (With Salaries)

By Indeed Editorial Team

April 15, 2021

A lot of job seekers and those who are just building their career desire to work in an industry or specific position that fits their interests well. The more aligned your hobbies are with what you do each day to earn a living, the more likely you are to experience heightened job satisfaction, challenge yourself creatively and increase production. There are so many hobbies that you can use in your career, including hunting. In this article, we share a list of careers you may consider if you want to work in the hunting industry.

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10 hunting industry jobs

If you're interested in working in the hunting industry, there are a number of careers you may consider. Review this list of jobs, organized by national average salary:

1. Outfitter

National average salary: $31,506 per year

Primary duties: An outfitter is responsible for helping clients prepare for a hunt. They make sure hunters have the equipment they need to be successful, make suggestions for products a hunter may require or services they'd benefit from and may arrange transportation for hunters.

2. Gunsmith

National average salary: $36,207 per year

Primary duties: A gunsmith is responsible for building and repairing guns and supplemental equipment. They may modify parts of a hunter's gun, replace parts that are worn, design guns to a customer's or company's specifications and may perform restoration on older guns so that hunters can safely use them in their craft. Gunsmiths also inspect guns, train individuals on how to use them and may add customizations, troubleshoot problems and test fire the equipment to make sure it's operating as it should.

3. Hunting guide

National average salary: $39,536 per year

Primary duties: A hunting guide is responsible for accompanying hunters on trips. They ensure that all hunters are following any government regulations and state and local laws, scout for wildlife, plan routes based on the animal activity in the area, give hunters instruction on how best to use their gear, prepare meals for longer hunts and guide hunters so they're able to successfully hunt the wildlife in the area. Hunting guides also ensure that everyone in their group adheres to safety standards.

4. Store manager

National average salary: $45,682 per year

Primary duties: A store manager is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a retail store. An individual who hunts may find a management position in a sporting goods store or similar. Store managers also monitor the sales of their store and develop strategies to increase profits, communicate customer service procedures to staff, create goals for the store, hire employees, conduct reviews and make sure that the shelves remain stocked with products that will help the store meet its sales goal.

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5. Outdoor writer

National average salary: $61,219 per year

Primary duties: An outdoor writer is responsible for creating written content about outdoor topics, including hunting. They perform research on their assigned topic, conduct interviews to add an expert's opinion to their story and may do things like test equipment, sign up for hunting groups or report about the top hunters in the industry or news in hunting, all to capture the interest and attention of their intended readership. Outdoor writers also pitch stories, review their articles for errors and typos and may work with a graphic designer to develop supplemental content that engages with an audience.

6. Fisherman

National average salary: $66,864 per year

Primary duties: A fisherman is responsible for utilizing specific techniques to catch fish for a variety of uses. They may sell fish and other marine life to aquariums or turn their catch into bait for themselves, other fishermen or tackle store owners. Fishermen also use a boat to drive their crew to better areas for fishing, maintain their equipment like nets, poles and lures and some fishermen enter the water to perform their work, fishing within vegetation and using supplemental equipment to catch fish.

7. Communications manager

National average salary: $67,237 per year

Primary duties: A communications manager is responsible for promoting their company's brand and offerings to an intended audience. They keep the brand tone and voice aligned across multiple communication channels and often create communication plans for internal employees to keep them engaged in the organization. Communications managers who enjoy hunting may work for organizations that specialize in that industry and write media stories, book media interviews and develop strategies for enhancing brand awareness.

8. Wildlife biologist

National average salary: $71,836 per year

Primary duties: A wildlife biologist is responsible for studying wild animals to find out more about how they interact with each other and their environment. They conduct research, review animal behaviors and seek details about animal habitats and how humans are affecting the lives of the animal population.

9. Outdoor videographer

National average salary: $73,981 per year

Primary duties: An outdoor videographer is responsible for capturing content through the use of video equipment. They record videos, perform edits on them and then distribute the video as instructed and depending on its use. Outdoor videographers may specialize in hunting videos and take the time to study the movements of the animals they'll need to feature in their videos so they can understand more about how they move, what they do each day and how to get video of them without being a disturbance.

10. Land manager

National average salary: $80,737 per year

Primary duties: A land manager is responsible for maintaining and developing landing, including the forests and other environments that hunters may use. They monitor the use of the lands to make sure everyone on the property is following any legal requirements or regulations and remains within compliance. Land managers may also submit development plans and come up with ways to protect the lands they manage from unauthorized use or adverse weather conditions.

10 additional positions in the hunting industry

Explore these other career paths you may be interested in if hunting is a passion of yours:

  • Activities guide

  • Archery instructor

  • Equipment buyer

  • Game warden

  • Lobbyist

  • Marketing specialist

  • Product developer

  • Property manager

  • Taxidermist

  • Wildlife conservationist

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