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Jobs In the Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Industry | Getting a Job in the Outdoor Industry

It’s no surprise that most outdoorsmen and women don’t actually work in the outdoor industry. From construction workers to teachers to doctors, the wide variety of work backgrounds that hunters and fishermen can come from likely touches every industry out there. They participate in hunting and fishing because it’s a passion, hobby, and often a lifestyle. For many, that is all it will ever be; however, every year at hunting and fish camps, and outdoor expos across North America, you hear people asking how they can break into the industry. For this group, they are looking to live their passion every day and get paid doing it. Surprisingly, getting a job in the industry isn’t that hard. What is difficult is getting “THAT” job in the hunting or fishing sector, the one you constantly dream of doing. It’s not impossible. You just have to outwork, be more creative, and sacrifice things you may not have had too in past jobs, for a shot at your dream job in the hunting, fishing, or outdoor industry.


Be Patient, It’s a Start

It’s rare that someone will jump into the exact job they want in the outdoor industry right out of the gate. Whether you are looking for a career change, or just coming out of school, it doesn’t really matter. Breaking into the industry often takes some time. Whether you believe it or not, this time is beneficial to you. How?

 

Well let’s say you graduate with a degree in Business Administration. There are a lot of different positions you could fill with a company. Contrary to what many believe, some of the better paying opportunities exist behind the camera or out of the lime light. This is where the business decisions are made and what drives the entire industry, including what you often see on TV and the internet. However, you might find that even though you are working with hunting and fishing products, that isn’t exactly the type of experience you thought you would get. You’re dream of being in the field testing these products may quickly dwindle to a desk jockey. Obviously, not your dream job. It might seem crazy, but even these positions are tough to get into no matter your education level. The outdoor industry is about networks of people that know people, this is how many of the jobs are filled.

 

So let’s say you are starting from scratch, how do you break the ice? Well, whether you like it or not, you may have to start with many of the popular outdoor retailers or even a local sporting goods shop. I know what you are thinking, this is nowhere near where you want to be. But showing that you were a Hunting Sales Associate for a store will look better than Ladies Footwear from the local J.C. Penny’s. It’s a stepping stone, and a good one at that. These businesses often have rapid movement internally, and the faster you climb the more attractive you are to other hunting and fishing companies, or the closer you are to getting the job you want to be in. Remember, if you outwork everyone else, what is there to stop you?

 

It’s All About the Options

One of the greatest assets of getting a job in the industry is the variety of positions available. From being a cameraman for a major TV show, like Bone Collector on Outdoor Channel, to marketing the latest products from a major manufacturer, there are a ton of variety of skills needed by companies in the business. In order to find yourself in one of these spots, making a career out of what you love to do, you need to play on your strengths. If you love to film hunts, but can’t run a camera worth a darn, don’t bring a sloppy highlight reel to a company to try and impress them. However, if you graduated with a marketing degree, and a company is looking for a junior marketer, then the door is likely wide open. In this industry it is truly about getting your foot in the door. Once that happens, and you impress the company, you are much more likely to succeed.

 

KNOW the Business

This actually revolves around two pieces of knowledge. First off, know the company you are about to talk too. There might not be anything worse than getting a cold call or visit from a prospective candidate and they know nothing about what you or your products does. Second, it’s all about who you know in the industry. It doesn’t even matter if they are competing with the company you are talking too, just having some connections in the business arena can make the difference between being taken serious and the dreaded “Good luck on your search.” Take some time out of your schedule to go to trade shows and industry events, this is a great place to meet the people that can be your “reference” to break into the outdoor industry.

 

Your dream of working in the hunting, fishing, and outdoor industry is absolutely obtainable. It’s not going to be overnight, especially if you don’t know anyone in the industry, but if you outwork everyone else and strive to be the best at your strengths, the only thing standing in the way is yourself

9 replies
  1. Matthew D Donovan
    Matthew D Donovan says:

    Outdoor enthusiast looking for a career in the hunting industry. I have experienced harvesting many P&Y whitetail deer and elk. I have a 32 year career in the financial services industry. Looking for a change! Thank you! Matthew D Donovan

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  2. Brandon Roark
    Brandon Roark says:

    Thanks for the advice. I’m trying to get in it I don’t have a college degree so I guess I better get one huh. All I have is experience in the woods. It’s my passion and dedication for Hunting is why I want to get in it. I have contacted some ppl like upwind nation and hoyt, but I haven’t heard anything from them. Heck I can’t even afford a camera so I guess I better do something different what u think I should do.

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  3. Brandon Roark
    Brandon Roark says:

    Thanks for the advice. It’s my passion and dedication to hunt is why I’m trying to get in this . I really want a job I really enjoy. I don’t have a college degree all I have is experience in the woods. I grew up hunting and fishing. I enjoy working the plots and moving stands set up scouting everything there is to do with wildlife I love it. I have contacted upwind nation and hoyt,but herd nothing back yet , am I wasting my time. Heck I can’t even afford a camera at the moment. What should I do how should I go about it. Any more advice would be great. Thank you for your time and consideration

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  4. Brandon Roark
    Brandon Roark says:

    I wrote to y’all yesterday I don’t know if you got it I can’t find it. So I writing again sorry. Thank you for the advice. I don’t have a college degree I’m just a good o boy from TN what I do have is experience in the woods I know that there is alot of ppl who do to though. My biggest passion is hunting I love it can’t get enough. I like to take kids to hunt or just practice shooting I think it is important to teach our children the ways of hunting and fishing to respect the environment and be responsible I also take my dad when he feels like it he is handicap I think it is a great thing to watch ppl get to put one down that can’t just go like any of us. I get just as tore up as they do lol. I’m trying to get a foot in the door in the hunting career I would love to have a job that I’m excited to go to. I understand that it is something that you really haft to work hard on and still not a sure thing. But at least im trying to do something. I’m working on getting a camera now saving up money for it. I don’t have much to no money I’m raising 3 kids it’s hard to get the money to do much. I would love the opportunity to meet and work with any of yal I would do my best to promote your products or any other products that I use if I could just get any sponsor or just someone backing me. What else could I do to try to get out there. I’m working on getting a Facebook page for my hunts and sponsors if it should happen. I pray every night about it. I love bow and mussel loader hunting that’s what I do 90% of time even in rifel season. So does it seem like I’m starting in right direction or is there any other things I need to be doing please any more advice on this would be great. Thank you for your time and consideration

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  5. Gabe Dart
    Gabe Dart says:

    To whom it may concern. Thank you for doing this write up on the jobs in the industry. The outdoors have always been my passion and have always wanted a job in the industry just never really knew where to start, this helped me out. I really appreciate your time.

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  6. Doug Kaline
    Doug Kaline says:

    Always want to work in the industry either with my own products or marketing . 35 years hunting and 4 retail as a pro archery tech at Bass Pro in Maryland and one year as a showroom manager at Bowhunters Superstore in Pa. That has lead me to knowing some people in the industry but never could catch a break..Financing plays a big part in having your own company and it seems that I was always a day late in landing a rep job with Huddalla or OutTech..But I’ll keep moving on

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  7. Steve Esposito
    Steve Esposito says:

    I am definitely looking for an opportunity in the the outdoor community. I have a degree in Environmental Science/Studies from Northern Illinois University ( Not to mention 20+ years of of experience hunting and fishing). I am looking for a career in property/land management. Very presentable in appearance and physically able to do most task’s that may be required. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and have a great day!

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  8. T Hahn
    T Hahn says:

    I am a huge deer & turkey hunter that puts in more sweat and tears and money each year than most. I am doing food plots or hinge cutting in the off seasons to help the game creating habitat and food. I have always had a love for conservation and not just taking animals but enjoying each hunt as a success on its own being a part of nature. I spend so much time and energy into the woods year round that I feel I would be a great asset to your company in being a field tester.

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