So, personally, I don't think the sport of hunting should be made into a competition, and it wouldn't bother me one bit to see contest hunts largely disappear. But I can't go so far as to call all of them unsportsmanlike, provided that there is a bag limit, that prizes aren't awarded by body count, and that they're governed by the rules of fair chase. And I'd be remiss not to point out some potentially positive aspects: Some do provide an opportunity for folks to get together with fellow hunters in an atmosphere imbued more with fun than competition. Some raise money for charity. And some do encourage additional legal hunting for species whose numbers need to be thinned.