Grand Old Hunting Party

You might remember a few years back when Vice President Cheney ran into a bit of a hunting misstep. He not only accidentally shot one of his companions during the famous expedition, but he ruffled some feathers by participating in a canned hunt for quail [source: Bash].

Unfair Hunting Methods

While there are numerous ideas about what constitutes fair hunting and what doesn't, here are some commonly disputed methods.

Canned hunting is also known as hunting on shooting preserves or game ranches. To participate, hunters visit a privately-owned trophy hunting facility. Here, th­e owners breed or buy exotic and native species and keep them in captivity on their grounds. Customers pay to hunt within those grounds, ensuring they see the specific animals they came to hunt. There are over 1,000 of these preserves in the United States [source: the Humane Society].

­What can't you do on the Internet these days? A typical Internet hunting experience involves registering with a Web site, paying a deposit and subscription fee, and scheduling your hunting appointment. When your time slot appears, simply go the Web site and watch the screen to see the enclosed feeding station. The animal you chose to hunt is freed into the space, and you use the crosshairs in the screen to line up your shot. When you're ready, just click the mouse and a rifle is triggered. Thirty-five states have banned or put restrictions on Internet hunting [source: the Humane Society].

You've probably already heard of poaching. The loose definition of poaching is killing a member of an endangered or threatened species, hunting out of season, using an illegal weapon to hunt or leading a hunt unlicensed. For every animal legally hunted and killed, there is one poached [source: the Humane Society].

While less flashy than the others, baiting is nonetheless controversial. To bait, hunters put together piles of food to attract animals to a particular area (usually white-tail deer and bears). While banned many places to contain disease, it is also viewed as giving the hunter the upper hand by tricking animals into harm's way.

As with any controversial topic, there are always two sides. Read on to learn the defenses of such hunting methods.