Originally Posted by dim.
I do have pleasure when I find it and catch it but do not when I have to smash it with a bat to kill it instantly.
Don't do it then. Or simply catch and release.
You are either going out to get food (i.e. the prey is going to die sometime), or you are participating for sport (i.e. catch and release will allow both sides of the equation to happily carry on, at least usually), or, in the case of some hunters I know, you're simply going out to kill things (which has not yet been a part of this conversation. Hopefully won't be.)
Much of the problem here lies in people taking a firm stance against an issue they know nothing about. I have had people chastise me for spearfishing, saying you can get fish at a supermarket rather than put a metal pole through the poor fish. They usually rethink it when the issue of bycatch is brought up (Commercial fishing often takes less than half of what is brought up - the rest is discarded, usually dead, as it's not commercially valuable.) Spearfishing allows me to target a particular fish; no bycatch, no undersize fish, just the one I take.
non commercial hunters and fisherman tend to conserve nature better than the people who don't go H&F.
True. At least usually true.