A vehicle pursuit and foot race related to hunting and firearm violations northeast of Perham, in Paddock Township, landed four men from Browerville in the Otter Tail County Jail.
The four men have appeared in Otter Tail County District Court to face a variety of charges, ranging from felony fleeing a law enforcement officer to shining with a firearm to transporting a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, according to a press release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Charged were Carl S. Moench, 29; Trevor J. Krinkie, 22; Cory L. Uselmann, 19 and Branden L. Biksen, 18. Two juveniles involved in the incident were not charged.
DNR Conservation Officer, Al Peterson, received a call Nov. 16 from an off-duty Becker County deputy of possible trespass and shots fired near the Becker/Otter Tail county line.
There were several incidents of the suspects eluding officers while shining and shooting at deer. Once a traffic stop was initiated, the driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued. The vehicle eventually came to a stop and a passenger exited the vehicle and ran across the road into a ditch before being apprehended by Peterson. The deputy stayed with the vehicle and prevented another passenger from his attempt to flee on foot.
The suspects were transported to the Otter Tail County Jail.
Moench later said three untagged deer were at a residence in Browerville. One, from the night before the incident, was illegally taken by shining. Another was a legal kill, and the third was shot after shooting hours. None of the deer had a DNR site validation tag attached. The deer were seized by the DNR, along with a motor vehicle, three rifles, three knives and a spotlight.
Assisting were officers from the Becker and Otter Tail county sheriffs’ departments, Menahga and New York Mills police departments, and the Minnesota State Patrol.
People who come across something they think is a violation should call the Turn In Poachers 24-hour hotline, at 800-652-9093 or #TIP on cell phones. Callers can remain anonymous.