This topic has been touched on but I dont think fully explored.
When we talk about deer stalking, an awful lot of time is spent discussing 'best practice' and 'ethics'. We spend hours talking about what is and what is not a fair target, if, when and how a shot should be taken.
I find it rather odd that if I went on a days rough shooting and shot a duck sitting on a pond or a pheasant on foot crossing in front of me at 40 yards, that I would be flung off the shoot with instructions never to return. On the other hand if I shoot a high bird screaming accross me with the wind behind it and at 40 to 50 yards out, there might be some sounds of appreciation from those who saw it.
So with game shooting, the tougher and less certain the shot is, the more 'sporting' it is. With stalking the opposite is true. Why is this. Are they not both living animals, that deserve the same considerations