I release them because it's legal to do so, the wife and I don't have a craving for them as table fare and because it does afford another angler (maybe me) another chance to catch them...God knows, it's like the rivers are overflowing with them these days. At this point in time, YOU haven't been placed in charge of deciding which reasons are or are not good...when that changes, be sure to shoot me a PM. And, bonking wild fish (of which the vast majority are hatchery origin) should be no more an issue than dispatching hatchery fish if their populations have been determined sufficient to allow harvest. There is a big split within the sport-fishing fishing community concerning hatchery and wild and it's been a heated issue for a long time. Rigid positions, taken by both sides, have and will continue to alienate one another...why I think some compromise (as suggested) might work better.