Some years back, I hunted in Alabama and at that time, they allowed running deer with dogs. Before setting one foot in Alabama, I too thought that it was cheating. The geography changed my mind and decided that perhaps the state's DNR, knew what they were doing. One morning while in my stand, heard and then saw a deer run past me like a bat out of you know where. Shortly followed by a dog and you could tell he was on the trail. Whistled at him and he paid me no mind. Came back to the Midwest with a different perspective on this subject. Take my word for it, it's definitely not cheating.
Be Safe !!!