A very interesting thread. I will add this. If I shoot a buck that is going to be mounted, no way am I cutting a hole in the ear. The tag is going to be filled in, zip tied and then possibly Saran-wrapped around the antler. It will not come off that way no matter what you drag it through.
I get the idea behind filling in the tag and then tagging the deer before moving it. It helps prevent illegal activity.
And as R.S.B said way back in the thread, he was looking for the deer to be tagged, if it was on the antler or ear.
A closed mind keeps the truth out