How to Become a Bounty Hunter

Many people are not cut out for a 9 to 5 work day. They require adrenaline highs and the prospect of making millions. Though bounty hunting is sometimes a dangerous job, it's an exciting field that includes international travel, interesting associates and the promise of lucrative bounties. Read the steps listed below and learn about how you can become a bounty hunter.

  • Research your local bail laws. Bail laws differ depending on where you live. In order to obtain the most lucrative bounties, you must be an expert on your area's bail laws. Research the local laws by visiting a local law library and contacting a variety of law-enforcement professionals including officers, bail bondsmen and lawyers. These professionals may become your partners in the future.
  • Acquire bounty hunter training. Although you can try training online, it's best to be trained by a professional, experienced bounty hunter working in your area. Bounty hunting is often a dangerous profession that forces you to interact with a wide range of people from questionable backgrounds. Thorough training -- in topics ranging from surveillance to fire arms -- will educate you as well as protect you in your duties as a bounty hunter.
  • Obtain licensing. Depending on where you live, licensing procedures will differ. Contact your local commissioner of public safety and see where you can obtain the proper licensing to enable you to start working as a bounty hunter [source: Moore].

Remember that bounty hunting is a dangerous job. You may find yourself in the company of dangerous strangers or in unfamiliar countries with different practices and modes of operation [source: Brass]. It's best to collaborate with a seasoned bounty hunter before starting your own agency.