The Southeast Michigan Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) will hold its 31st Annual Sportsmen’s Banquet on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center, 3900 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia, Michigan, beginning with cocktails at 5:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m.

This year’s honoree is Natural Resources Commission Chairman Keith Charters.

Although this is a new location, the event will still feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectable’s.

According to Hal Haverstick, membership renewal and dinner tickets are $75, current member ticket, $50, and $45 for youngsters under age 16 — the latter including a one year RGS membership. Banquet, Conservation and Sustaining sponsorship packages are also available at $300, $550 and $1,000 respectively.

And, continuing in the spirit of the outdoors, youngsters under the age of 16 who recently took and passed a hunter education course and/or women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program, and can verify same, will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult

Banquet tickets can also be purchased on line through the RGS website up until two weeks of the event. Just go to www.ruffedgrousesociety.org, click on Select State in the Migration Mapping & State Information box in the right panel of the home page. Choose a state; than under Upcoming State Events, click on the event of interest and you will be linked to a display of all important event details, including the ticket chairman’s contact information.

All tickets must be purchased by September 8, 2008. Tickets will not be available at the door.

As with all RGS fundraisers, proceeds from this event will be used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat.

For more information and/or tickets contact Haverstick at 248-625-0922 or by E-Mail: halandkim78@comcast.net .

Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is the one international wildlife conservation organization dedicated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and related wildlife to sustain our sport hunting tradition and outdoor heritage.

Information on the RGS, its mission, management projects and membership can be found on the web at: www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.