They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. On a frosty November morning in rural Viroqua, Wisconsin, it became a certainty.
Local business owner, Mark Brye, likes to rise early. He begins his morning ritual with a quick peak at a life-like elk statue, located about 40 yards from his home. His kids got it for him a few Christmas's ago because of Mark's love of elk country and it's hunting.
What Brye never expected to find was his 640 pound cement statue lying on it's side!
Brye didn't even realize that the whitetail buck who had caused the heavy statue to collapse lied just 20 yards further, dead!
"I could tell the buck poked the statue a couple of times by the chipped paint on it," Brye said, adding that the buck eventually must have rammed it like a mountain goat!
Upon a closer investigation by both Brye and a Vernon county conservation officer, it appeared the buck shattered his skull a short time after the collision. Which was likely a case of territorial right, in which the deer thought the elk was an intruder. Or was unhappy he couldn't attract the attention of a doe.
"The statue is OK, but the antlers broke off when it tipped over," Brye said. "One side of the antlers is in one piece, but the other side is in five pieces."
Currently, Brye is awaiting some help from friends before he can tip the elk statue back onto it's standing position. At 640 pounds, we imagine it's going to be a pain!
The now famous 7 point buck who lost his life is in Brye's freezer. The noted words on the Wisconsin officials carcass tag simply stated "lawn ornament fight - lost."
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