I spotlight sometimes. I never thought of it as scouting; just an opportunity to see deer and deer behavior when they are out in the open. Let's face it, they are very active at night, and what deer would come around me sitting in my stand with my flashlight in the dark? If you live in an area that sees alot of people spotting, then I understand why you might feel the way you do. I have seen some pretty rude behavior such as shining on houses and such, but am careful not to do it. It gives my family something to do on a fall evening besides sitting in front of the TV. I do agree that a ban on spotting would cut down on poaching because those folks would no longer have a legitimate excuse to be out there. It is a touchy subject, however I can honestly say I never found a place to hunt while spotting. I have seen some deer that I might not have known were in the areas that I already planned to hunt.