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Benck denied hunting license for 20 years

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An 18-year-old rural Ellsworth man, once accused of illegal shining and shooting of up to a dozen deer, was convicted Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court of two charges and lost his hunting privileges for 20 years.

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Isaac E. Benck, N3842 750th St., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of resisting a conservation warden and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. He was placed on probation for two years and lost Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting privileges for 20 years, but he will get a review of that condition in 10 years.

Benck also was fined $486. Multiple forfeiture citations of illegal hunting of turkeys and shooting protected birds were dismissed, as were five misdemeanor counts of illegal hunting or shining deer, as a party to the crimes.

According to court records: The DNR received numerous reports in October and November of deer being shot at night southeast of Ellsworth in the Rush River area. DNR officials said a group of individuals shot up to a dozen deer, four badgers and two turkeys. Several witnesses said Benck was involved with some of the shootings.

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