I'm new to taxidermy and would like to have a go on a red fox that has been in my freezer for over a year now. The fox is skinned with the head and legs still in. I bought the fresh hide from a hunter that had taken most of the flesh out but the hide has still a lot of grease in it. Problem: The skin has dried out a little bit which makes it stiff and gum-like -- hard to clean and stretch. I have read several posts about rehydrating capes in a brine bath, but I'm still worried that soaking it for too long will pull the hair off. How long can I keep it in a brine solution? Or are there better ways to rehydrate it. Thank you in advance..