There’s no telling how this fine buck’s head and antlers ended up this way, so we can only surmise and guess what happened.
Maybe a hunter placed the skull against the tree. Why anyone wouldn’t take this home with them, we don’t know. Poacher? Someone who didn’t care about antlers, since you can’t make soup out of them?
Perhaps a dog or animal dragged off the skull from a deer camp or found a dead deer in the woods, and then dragged it away.
Nature isn’t always pretty and sometimes it’s perplexing. This photo definitely shows us that in the grand scheme of things, we don’t always have an answer for what happened.