A character who makes his (or, rarely, her) legitimate living by hunting down animals for their meat and fur. Most often found in stories about America's frontier days, fading into TheWestern.

Generally, the Hunter Trapper will have or quickly acquire excellent survival skills and woodcraft, often with the aid of a Native American friend. ImprobableAimingSkills are common, but this character is seldom TheGunslinger, as in the early days, their rifles hold only one shot. Often wears a Coonskin cap.

Expect to see a successful Hunter Trapper [[NemeanSkinning garbed in the skins and furs of his prey]], with the more ostentatious ones perhaps wearing claws and teeth as decorations. Many of these characters are TheStoic, uncomfortable with civilized society's demands for emotional involvement, but a few are {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s instead, especially if they're {{Sidekick}}s. If it's a period RomanceNovel, one might serve as the male LoveInterest (though being "tamed" by the heroine is inevitable in this case.)

The French-Canadian version of this character is the ''Voyageur'', actually rivermen who worked for the fur companies, but who did hunting and trapping on the side.

Often overlaps with ThePioneer; can turn into the MountainMan if he decides to stay outside civilization permanently. May also qualify as a type of IntrepidMerchant, especially if he puts himself at high risk to gather pelts from dangerous animals because of the even higher chance of profit. Contrast the EvilPoacher; compare and contrast the RoguishPoacher. Compare to GreatWhiteHunter, who may well have the HunterTrapper background.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''Manga/WildRock'', the clans rely on hunting and trapping for food. Emba is by far the [[TheAce best]] HunterTrapper, making meat scarce for the forest clan, while [[NonActionGuy Yuuen]] is terrible at it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Wolverine [=McAllister=] from the ''Journey'' comic book published by Aardvark-Vanaheim.
* The villain Buck Wylde from the ''{{Franchise/Zorro}}'' comic book published by Topps was one of these.
* Kraven the Hunter of ComicBook/SpiderMan fame is a super-villain with this as his shtick. When he isn't playing bad guy, he lives off the land in the wildest places of Earth, including the dinosaur infested Savage Land.
* ''ComicBook/{{Tomahawk}}'' and his sidekick Dan Hunter in Franchise/TheDCU.

* The hunters brought in to hunt the Beast in ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'' fit this mold.
* As does the wolf-hunter whom the Bishop hires to kill Navarre in ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}''.
* The protagonist in 2011's ''The Hunter'' qualifies; despite being referred to as just a mercenary, he knows a LOT about stalking, hunting, and trapping 4-legged prey.
* [[OneSceneWonder The bear guy]] from ''Film/TrueGrit''.

* OlderThanRadio: Natty Bumppo, the hero from ''Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans'' and other ''[[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales Leatherstocking Tales]]'' by James Fenimore Cooper.
* In the ''Trixie Belden'' books, Mr. Maypenny, who works for Honey's father as gamekeeper in his reserve. I don't believe he gets paid for his services (at least not as much as Mr. Wheeler offered him, according to Mr. Maypenny's telling of it), but gets to hunt and trap the animals in the reserve for his own use. (Also, Mr. Maypenny is the non-crazy/non-unicycle-riding/non-poacher that Honey and Trixie thought he was.)
* Multiple examples throughout Karl May's ''Literature/{{Winnetou}}'' novels and related works -- the author's self-insert and frequent viewpoint character Old Shatterhand is himself one and consequently tends to find himself in like company when out in the West.
* In ''Literature/NorthernExposure'' minor character Walt is a seventy-something trapper who lives in the woods for most of the year, just coming into town to drop off his skins and for supplies. He eventually becomes general store owner Ruth-Anne's love interest.
* In the Literature/GauntsGhosts series, Scout Sergeant Mkoll was one of these before he joined the Guard. He fits the stoic, outdoor-oriented stereotype, although he evidently used to have a family he cared for deeply.
* Katniss Everdeen and Gale Hawthorne in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' are a post-apocalyptic version of this, supporting themselves and their families by hunting game and gathering plants in the woods outside District 12. Katniss's resulting knowledge of wilderness survival and [[TheArcher skill with a bow and arrow]] render her well-prepared to partake in the titular Games.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* One of these tries to goad Lucas [=McCain=] into killing him in a showdown in ''Series/TheRifleman'' episode "Day of the Hunter".
* Parodied in a sketch of ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'', where a pair of French Canadian trappers row a boat with wheels on dry land and kill businessmen for their expensive Armani suits.
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* Clarke Griffin from ''Series/{{The 100}}'', after separating herself from the rest of her people, relies on trading the animals she kills (including a wild panther) to keep herself alive.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A couple of hunter/trapper archetypes (suitable for use as [=PCs=]) appear in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: The Great Weird North''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Sid Meier's VideoGame/{{Colonization}}'' has the Fur Trapper colonist occupation, to [[CaptainObvious produce fur]] for your colony on forest squares. "Game" bonus is applied to both furs and food production on the square.
** ''Sid Meier's VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'' offers the same bonuses on hexes with [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential little frolicking fox kits]].
* The parts of ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires III'' that are set in North American locales tend to feature them as in-game characters. Notably, the Explorer unit of most European nations available in the game has very trapper-esque attire and equipment. There are several other playable and non-playable units that evoke this trope too.
* The ''American Conquest'' series also features them as playable units.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' relies heavily on hunting and trapping throughout the game.
* ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII: Serpent's Isle'' gives us the Trapper, a frontiersman who hunts and traps the sentient Gwani for their pelts. Players may go in expecting a rehash of ''Ultima VII Part 1'' and its subplot about the logger who doesn't realize he's destroying the homes of the sentient Emps and swears to leave them alone as soon as he finds out. Uh...[[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame nope]].
* This is a possible [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou side-business]] for a character with high Survival skill in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' -- harvesting and tanning the skins of the rarer varieties of mutated Gecko is particularly profitable. Sunny Smiles specializes in this as part of defending the town of Goodsprings.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* William "Creator/BuffaloBill" Cody was less on the trapping side, but quickly parlayed his fame as a hunter into a career in entertainment.