MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The 28th annual Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet was held Saturday at Northern Michigan University's Northern Center.
More than 220 people showed up to the fundraiser which featured pork tenderloin and whitefish among other tantalizing items.
Before dinner, attendees tried their luck with an array of raffles, a live auction, silent auctions, games and giveaways.
All proceeds will be used locally to create habitat for game such as ruffed grouse, warblers, woodcock, white-tailed deer and wild turkey.
David Johnson, Regional Director on the Ruffed Grouse Society says those species require young forests in order to survive. After a parcel has been cleared for logging industry, Members of the RGS will plant certain vegetation such as crab apple, thorn apple, highbush cranberry to give those species a food source and cover before other, less beneficial vegetation returns to the area through natural processes.
Johnson says he hopes to engage more and more of the younger generation, in order to pave the way for the future of outdoor sportsmanship in the Upper Peninsula.
"It's unfortunate that we don't get enough young people at an event like this. But we encourage that at our shoots and you'd be surprised how many youngsters come out for habitat days. They're out there digging a whole to plant a tree. So we try to get them involved early and keep them involved," Johnson declared.
Johnson estimates the local chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society has planted roughly 4,5000 trees and shrubs in order to achieve their desired goal during the past three years.
If you or your kids would like to get involved, mark your calendars for the clay pigeon shoot, May 30th, 2020 at the Negaunee Gun Club.