VIROQUA, Wis. (AP) -- A testosterone-charged buck in western Wisconsin locked horns with a formidable opponent this rutting season -- and lost.
The 7-point buck died after ramming a 640-pound concrete statue of an elk in the backyard of a rural Viroqua home.
Bucks often tangle to defend breeding territories during the rut.
Mark Brye says his concrete elk lawn statue weighs about three times more than the buck. Brye says the deer shattered its skull after head-butting the statue because its antlers were dangling.
Brye says he might remove the antlers from the real deer and glue them on the elk statue as a remembrance of the strange fight.