The problem isn't with the contest but with the people who enter & for that there probably isn't any answer. It doesn't seem too long ago when my town (Elko, NV) went out if it's way to welcome hunters; seemed like every hardware store, bar & casino had it's own contest. Hallways, floors & bar tops were covered with antlers large & small. A kid with his first deer, typically a forky or three point, would be displaying his accomplishment just as proudly as a seasoned hunter his or a Dude with trophy taken with the aid of a guide. Hell the kid would usually win something even if it was only a hat & a free burger.
The race for B&C recognition, competition between guides, one upmanship between hunters, places of employment and business' holding the contests brought on bigger & better prizes. Forget the values of the hunt itself - gotta shoot the biggest no matter what. Still got contests but fewer & with the same clicks of guys to the exclusion of regular hunters, whatever that might be. Winning a contest is almost an entrance exam for those who just have to be admitted into the local group of "expert hunters". Seems like too many people hunting for their ego & not for their soul.
Sorry for the rant - didn't know that nerve was so close to the surface. Between this drive for self aggrandizement, the desperate "need" for technology & the perceived right to kill an animal (as in "I paid my money for that tag & by god I'm gonna kill something no matter what"), I have to wonder if hunting will be available in the future for my kids & the rest of the "unwashed masses" without the preverbial silver spoon.