|Given that there are depredation hunts and the need to reduce game populations in specific areas from time to time, in my lifetime I have not met an ethical hunter that would use dogs on game or bait game. IMO using dogs on game or baiting game is way beyond the boundary of ethical hunting regardless what the law does or does not permit. It is inconceivable at the very least.|
Hunting with dogs is not new or unethical until you apply your set of rules. It is a long time method of hunting in my home state. Remember, I don't like dog hunting either but it's not my place to put my own set of rules for others to follow. There are those who would not hunt any other way.
Try hunting in south Texas or in most places in Canada where it is so thick that the only way to see a deer in Texas or a bear in Canada is to lure them into an opening with bait. Here again I didn't like the idea of corn in the sendero's in Texas until I went for a hunt there and saw first hand that the only way to get deer out of the cactus and other stickey stuff was to lure the does with corn and the bucks would find the does there. I found that my rules of ethics did not apply there or in Canada hunting bears. It took the starch out of my britches when I realized there was no other good way to hunt there.
Simple truth is that different people hunt with different methods all over the world. That's fine by me.