Well I am a bit wishy washy on the subject. Hunting season with a rifle is 2 weeks here and sometimes there are 3 day seasons before and a muzzle loader season in December pending the estimated deer heard. Rifle season start the week before Turkey day and lasts 2 weeks. Bow season starts the second or third weekend of Sept, is off during rifle hunt and ends Jan 1..
Now I am all for the killing of deer, there are many lying dead on the side of the road anyways. The populations can get out of control. My parents do not hunt and they feed deer in the winter. I counted 26 deer in their driveway and most years the number hovers around 20. I love venison and venison burger is awesome especially in chile.
My buddy hunts I property and generally shoots 2 deer per year and we split most of it. I just want burger. I would not call what he does hunting though. We have a tree stand about 200 yards from my place with a nice clearing that sets him up for about a 30 - 40 yard shot. Yes we do bait em in for a bout 3 weeks before hand. Would it matter if he had a scope not so much for the kill but I like the fact that he has a scope.. The scope is very accurate and since I want the kill to be quick and painless. He shoots his deer right in the head, with a scope from that distance it is easy to do. Makes me feel better not that I should,, Is this hunting or does it take skill.. Nah..
Now if he were bow hunting from that same stand, then it would be hunting cause he has to get the deer to come in a little bit closer and Bucks of size just do not come in that close very often and you got to be damn lucky or very skillful cause once a Big Buck knows you are there or even gets a scent of you, he is gone... You can get little bucks who are on doe scent to come in but most bow hunters I know will not take a small buck with a bow. Bow hunting is for trophy bucks, rifle hunting is for table fare.
Bear hunting also needs to be done and they are my favorite wild animal. We only have black bears around here and I have had the same momma for about 10 years. She has a back leg limp so I know it is her and yes I feed her every year.. I know I am not suppose to but she has not done anything to my property or has been aggressive toward me or my pets. Bear Hunting is totally OFF LIMITSy on my property and luckily most of the property around me as relatives and friends own it. I know bears need to be thinned as the DNR grossly underestimated their population but they can be thinned somewhere else.
Bear hunting with dogs to me is disgusting, granted I do not know much about it but I can't stand it. Had people from Illinois with dogs on my property, I love dogs but I wanted to pop em with my rifle, asked the hunters to leave and they did. never been back but I was pist.. I just do not see it as being humane. Many hunters blame bears for dog kills.. I have read that it is mostly wolves that kill the dogs..
Now as for camera use, I am alright with that. To me cameras really do not give the hunter too much of an edge. I don't need a camera to know that animals are there and time. The camera would just let me know what it looks like.. How big is it but you can tell that from tracks, cameras are more of a wow factor type thing but I do not see much of a hunting advantage..