A hunting guide organizes and conducts expeditions for hunters. They work for adventure tourism companies or they open their own private operations. Trips may be a day long, or they may take clients on longer expeditions.


  • Guide individuals or groups
  • Assess potential dangers
  • Create positive customer relations
  • Assemble necessary equipment and supplies
  • Set up and break camp
  • Prepare and/or serve meals
  • Instruct and demonstrate hunting skills and techniques
  • Respect and maintain natural surroundings

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Physical ability for most guiding tasks
  • Hunting experience and knowledge is required
  • Knowledge of terrain, environment and local area in which the guide is to travel
  • Ability to get along and work well with others
  • Excellent communication and instruction skills are required
  • Organizational and leadership skills
  • Customer relations skills
  • Equipment maintenance and repair skills
  • Outdoor cooking skills
  • Knowledge of relevant laws, safety and emergency procedures
  • Secondary school diploma is usually preferred
  • Standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are usually required
  • National Occupational Certification as a Hunting Guide is an asset.

Possible Future Career Paths

  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Owner/Operator of small business

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