Hunters have had to learn the ropes of the job market and work to get ahead.
But some hunters, in desperate need of money, are willing to sacrifice the hunting experience and their livelihoods in exchange for a paycheck.
For a lot of hunters, it’s a choice that has led to job security and increased incomes, but the hunt itself can have its downsides.
Hunters Are Not Compensated Hunters do not get paid for their time and effort.
“If you are the most experienced hunter in the industry, the only thing you will get paid is the work,” said Hunter and Fishman Jeff Sussman, an executive with the company.
“You have no job security.
You have no benefits.
You are essentially just on your own.”
In other words, a hunter’s job is about more than just the hunting season.
If he or she is working, they must perform well in a given season.
“There is a lot going on in the hunting industry,” Suss, who has worked for two decades, said.
“We need to keep up with the trends and we need to have good performers.”
Hunters Can’t Get Jobs in the Oil & Gas Industry Hunters who go on hunts are competing for a spot on a production line that takes oil and gas from oil and natural gas wells and pipelines in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.
Many of these workers, who work for oil and oil company companies, are paid well below the minimum wage.
The companies that hire these workers often use a competitive hiring process, where the lowest-paid candidates are often offered promotions and other perks that are designed to lure them away from the jobs they love.
“The idea of being paid well is not going to happen,” Siegelman said.
Hunters Work From Home Hunters work from home, sometimes in the field, sometimes even in hotels or on their own property.
“It’s hard to get a job in a city,” Sollman said, explaining that hunting is “very hard to find a place to work, and I’ve been told that there are very few places to work in the country.”
“There are some people that work from their house.
They’re not hunters, but they work out of their own home.
It’s really a very lonely job.”
Hunters need to be able to stay in the same place year after year, Suss said.
Hunting is a “Highly Risk Job” The most common cause of death among hunters is heart disease.
Many hunters, Soll, Sills, and Suss agree, suffer from heart problems, which are exacerbated by long hours working in the wilderness.
Many people, including hunters, are told to stay home when they are sick.
Some hunters even resort to eating poisoned or overheated food, Sinkland said.
These risks are compounded when the hunt is a high-risk job.
“I can tell you that there is a very high risk for heart disease in the wild, especially if you are in the oil & gas industry,” he said.
Hunting Can Be a Tough Trade-Off Hunters are expected to put up with dangerous conditions on the job.
For instance, some hunters work at night and on weekends to ensure that their animals are safe.
Other hunters have to stay on the same property for weeks at a time, with the hope that the animals will recover.
If the animals do not recover, the hunters must return home and work from another location.
Hunting Is a High-risk Business “There’s a very large amount of work that is done by people that are not paid for,” Sisk said.
The job can be a highly risky one.
Suss explained that many hunters, even those who are not physically dangerous, are able to get their hands dirty in dangerous conditions, with people using knives, sticks, and even a rifle to take out animals.
“They’re putting their lives in jeopardy,” Sink told Newsweek.
“This is what you see in the movies.”
Hunting Requires a Professionalism “There needs to be a lot more emphasis put on a hunter being able to operate a well-trained firearm on the ground,” Sarge said.
But, he said, that doesn’t mean that a hunter needs to have an advanced knowledge of the hunting skills needed to make the job as safe as possible.
“Hunters are just as capable as anybody else of doing the same things that we do, but it doesn’t make them a better hunter,” Siffman said of hunters who have an “advanced knowledge of how to operate an actual firearm.”
Hunters Have to Take the Job Seriously The job of a hunter requires a lot.
In fact, some of the most dangerous hunting areas are in California and Texas.
In Texas, hunters must travel at least two hours each day to work from a home that is accessible to the public