Just found this thread. Pretty interesting. If you hunt with a gun, it has always pretty much been considered a sport. Yet if you hunt with a camera, it is considered a hobby, unless you do it as a profession and living. The animals do know they are being hunted. Heck they even have a calendar it seems. You can see elk and deer all the time, but when opening day arrives they seem to disappear. The photographer has to be in as much shape, carry gear, knowledge of the animal and area, the ability to conceal and stalk, as any hunter, yet photography is considered a hobby.
Same thing with fishing. If floating the river and fishing, they call it a sport, if floating the river for enjoyment or taking pictures, it is nothing more than an activity.
I guess it just comes down to calling it what you want to call it.
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1. competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally
2. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise
3. somebody cheerful: somebody who remains cheerful when losing or in an unpleasant situation
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