For some, party hunting has been a longstanding tradition. As this outdoor activity is often done in groups, then as long as they stay within the group's total limit, they see no issues with the practice. The limits, and therefore populations, have remained intact.
Hunting is often used to control overpopulation. Supporters of party hunting argue that especially in states with a high deer population, party hunting could increase the success of the group and better control the population [source: Leier].
Johnny's just a bad shot. Grandpa's eyes are having a harder time seeing long distances. Mary's new at walleye fishing so she's not very good yet. In all of these scenarios, fellow hunters and anglers believe that their friends and family shouldn't be penalized for their various shortcomings. If you can help them out by shooting an extra buck, what's the harm in allowing them to get some game?
In addition, for some, it's even more serious. Hunting may not just be about sport but about serious nourishment. Without that meat, a family may go hungry. Supporters believe that if someone depends on the meat, it doesn't matter who makes the kill.
In other cases, it's a mere matter of convenience and timing. If your group is hunting a heavily wooded area and trying to drive out pheasants, party hunters will then set up a poster, or shooter, to get the escaping game.
Many hunters, however, find that no matter the justification, party hunting is still unethical. Read on to find out their side of the debate.