I received this photo today via a constant contact email from a conservation group. Credit to YoTut/Flicker.
My first reaction was of concern for the dog. My second thought was if that is the only bird hunting I had left to do, I think I might take up golf instead.
I understand pheasants that run during late season, corporate outing ass-kissing, hunters paying for success, etc. And, I also know the reaction to my criticism: we need to stick together as hunters. Sure, we do in most cases. I concede this is hunting to most folks and there isn't much unethical about it. Heck, the dog might be having a blast (just as long as it doesn't get blasted).
I hunted with a party of 12 once in college. We pushed Southwest Minnesota CRP fields with a handful of hyper flushing dogs. I can recall about six or seven shots whenever a bird flushed. When the second hen was shot (they were not legal fare) I sneaked off to my Chevy Blazer and found my own place to hunt. No thanks.
What say you? Do you enjoy these large groups? Are you a driver or poster? Would you let your dog cast side to side in front of a large group, possibly with strangers?
To each his own.