I think that modern hunting is far less humane. The animals are given almost no chance; if they're "lucky" they get not-immediately-fatally-shot and manage to run away to either bleed out or be crippled for the rest of their (likely short) lives.
In the area I live there are many hunters; we have a very large deer population and people are allowed to go wild every year on them. They're allowed to do this because we have "too many" and they're a danger to drivers. Well gee, I wonder why there are so many deer... oh, we killed off all the wolves, cougars and bears in the area and won't allow them to remigrate! You know, since we're the only large animal with any right to kill deer.
Of the hunters I've known, most will speak with joy about the stalking, shooting, hauling back, skinning and butchering of the animals. It's chilling. They really love it. Oh, and the fishers love those fish flopping around and suffocating. It's sadism, pure and simple. These people aren't hunting because they're starving... They're doing it because they love the kill.
Yet that isn't the only reason I take issue with it; hunters aren't often poor. They don't need the meat, and it isn't like that is the only meat they eat. They're also going to the store and purchasing it. So they're not only contributing to factory farming, but they're also killing the animals that are still free! And the average hunter probably eats a lot more meat than other people; I know the two I used to work with ate steak pretty much every lunch
So let's say they're buying 80% of the meat a regular consumer purchases (I doubt it's that low)... Well, the statistics are that a regular person is alloted about one cow for their consumption per year, right? So they're probably still eating that cow, and its likely their bird and fish purchases that are declined the most (hunters seem to have a thing for red meat)... Which means they're not only eating a cow, but probably a deer or two (or more) each year. That adds up to a lot more meat consumption; they're perpetuating meat eating far more than a regular consumer.
Then there is the fact that they do butcher it themselves. I often hear the argument that this makes them better than people who just purchase meat. I highly disagree with this! Many people are disgusted by raw meat; they won't touch it or will only do so to a limited extent and are less likely to butcher animals. If they do so it's the rare fish or bird, but it isn't a regular thing. I think that's a good sign... disgust over the idea of a dead animal and possibly guilt; that means they're probably reachable! Who knows, just showing them something like "Meat Your Meet" might be enough to convert them. Yet a hunter has been drenched in the blood of animals; he's felt their skin being peeled off, he's cut off their heads and stared into their dead eyes, and probably relished the feeling of it. How could anyone here possibly look up to someone doing that? They're so, so much farther away from ever giving up meat.
I find them disgusting and I think their actions are much worse than those of people who just purchase products made from animals. I like to think that's just intentional ignorance (I don't want to know about it!!! as my mother would shout to me whenever I tried to bring up animal suffering) and they can be reached; they don't directly cause intentional animal suffering, but they do contribute towards it. Yet the hunter directly, intentionally and willingly harms and kills animals. They like doing it. I don't understand the mindset of looking up to that. The modern hunter kills for sport!!!