Here's the story: Mark Brye was up early one morning last week at his Viroqua, Wis., home and was surprised to find that the 640-pound concrete elk statue that graces his yard was knocked over on its side. About 20 yards away, he saw a 180-pound buck, keeled over, dead.
Brye told the Lacrosse Tribune he's pretty sure the deer rammed the life-like statue in a fit of breeding season competitiveness, cracked its skull, knocked its antlers lose and staggered away to die. The local conservation warden tagged the beast with a note saying,"lawn ornament fight - lost."
Not one to let a good side venison go to waste, Brye butchered the hapless buck and put the meat away in his deep freeze.
The statue, a Christmas gift from his children, was left on its side, too big for Brye back on its feet by himself.