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Benck denied hunting license for 20 years

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.

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.