What is the method used to properly salt and tan a fox tail without splitting? I understand that splitting a tail is a good way to guaranty that it gets properly salted, pickled and tanned. But I purchased a red fox tail that was tanned (or possibly dry preserved?) and only a small incision at the tip was evident. I recently mounted a grey fox and tried that method of just splitting the tip. I packed salt in the tail using a coat hanger. During the pickle stage, I worked the coat hanger inside the tail to ensure pickle reached the area, and did the same thing with the McKenzie Brush on Tan. After about the second day in the pickle, however, I noticed slip on the tip : didn't get too worried about it. During the mounting process, I noticed more towards the middle of the tail area. I knew I would end up having to buy a new one. Tried transplanting hair back on. Doesn't look right so I now have an add in the wanted section for a new tail. I was just trying to avoid the extra stitching, probably won't try it again unless someone gives me a tip about how to do it successfully. Thanks.