Ah, I see the rope you mean now. If I were to guess, it looks like it's keeping the head from rolling back. That could be too keep the windpipe and veins in line for bleeding out/drainage, or it could be to hide the cut throat for the picture. Just guessing here.The rope tied to one antler, around the front legs and then tied to the other antler.
Thunderstick,Nice one congrats. What did take him with, on plot or back woods?
Buckmark ,Nice solid deer, Pete. Congrats !! Just a quick question … why do you have it tied like that ??? I’m sure there is a reason for it, but I have never seen it before.