AUGUSTA – The Ruffed Grouse Society is sponsoring the 24th annual Burton L. Spiller Chapter Sportsmen’s Banquet. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 29 at the Augusta Civic Center.

Tickets are $45 for an individual dinner, $60 for couples, and $20 for youths. Price includes one Ruffed Grouse Society membership. Guest ticket is $25, not including RGS membership.

Cocktails and raffle sales will take place at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7:30.

For tickets or information contact Russ Dyer at (207) 737-8529 or [email protected]

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

Conference is planned

PORTLAND – Natantis Point Campground in the Chain of Ponds region will be the site of the on-line fly fishing conclave slated for June 16-18. The event is sponsored by Web-site (FFIM).

The conclave is a gathering of the Web-site’s virtual community and will include a presentation by Dan Martin, Maine’s Commissioner of the Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The group will also be holding a series of raffles and silent auctions with the raised funds being given back to the community in the form of grants. FFIM has awarded one grant to the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsman’s Association for a new fly fishing program aimed at Maine’s youth. The second grant was awarded to the Maine Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlfie for a brook trout tagging study to be conducted on Chamberlain Lake.

“We’re very excited about this year’s conclave as it’s such a community event,” says FFIM’s Tim Soule. “We have some great industry sponsors like Temple Fork Outfitters, LL Bean, Patagonia, Scientific Anglers and Teeny Lines just to name a few.”

The group is also raffling off a 5-day trip for two to Quebec and a custom made bamboo fly rod that will be made by Maine rod-maker Kevin Little.

The event is open to the public. More information is available by visiting

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