An anti-hunting protest halted the show, but also highlighted the group’s lack of knowledge.
On January 14, 2016, Chris Roe was getting prepared to give a seminar on early season elk hunting tips when the trouble began. Shortly before his talk was set to begin, an anti-hunting protest started when a lone man made his way to the stage where Chris and Jace Bauserman, an accomplished outdoor editor, were stationed. Shortly thereafter the rest of the group angrily marched to the front of the room and staged their protest.
Jace Bauserman recorded the action in an article he posted shortly after the event.
According to his account, the protestors held signs featuring photos of animals feature text such as “I want to live,” and “I Love Hunting Accidents.” The entire spectacle was videoed while entry-paying patrons waited patiently for the protestors to leave.
After about 15 minutes, the group was finally ushered out of the room and Chris was able to begin his seminar.
Apparently the group responsible for the protest calls themselves Direct Action Everywhere. This group was organized on FaceBook and describes itself as an “animal liberation” organization.
After reading several accounts of the group’s protest it became very apparent at the lack of education of the protesting group.
Jace Bauserman pointed out several of the protestors held up signs of spawning sockeye salmon and text proclaiming “We Want to Live.” On their FaceBook page the group also claimed to have stopped an “early season deer killing seminar.” Photos of the demonstration clearly show a large picture of an elk in the background and on the speaker’s projection board.
This protest is just one of many that continue to plague our country year in and year out.