(From Men's Journal article With Kuiu's success, Hairston has fielded a number of offers to buy the company, but says he'd rather be good than big: "I made that mistake with Gore. I won't make clothes for women, and I won't make clothes for fat guys, because then the skinny guys won't look good in them. I want Kuiu to be an aspirational brand."
Hmm. Interesting. Starting to blur the lines between "legit" hunting brand and "aspirational" hipster-holier than thou fashion statement with that quote. But I digress.
At the end of the day, who do we want as our voice for the public land hunter/angler? Somebody that is a hunter would be a good start, which is more than we would ahve got with the other choice, and something that we didn't have with Obama, Bush, Clinton, other Bush, etc. I think that is the biggest concern we all have - I don't see Hairston being an unwavering pro-public land advocate, nor have seen or read where he goes on record to firmly state his position on public land sales/transfers.Look on his personal instagram. If you have any doubts, maybe write him an email or call him or Brendan. They will respond. When was the last time he went out on a good old fashioned hunt on public land without a guide, doing his own research and connected or came up empty-handed? I believe they do a family deer hunt in California every year. He doesn't necessarily "need" public land access, Where do people hunt sheep on private land? nor value it the same as the majority of people who use public land for their chosen pursuit and passion.
I worry this is plain and simple cronyism and nothing more, and the powers that be will do what they want, with little or no regard for the public voice.
I threw in a bit of what I know that you asked about and asked a question of my own in bold/italics.