i am a trapper/hunter and not a taxidermist. But i have been having some decent luck tanning a few hides using the mackenzie products and method. I did a bobcat hide and a beaver hide. i fleshed both after skinning with a fleshing knife as i would for preparing a hide for the fur market. I also thinned by hand with a sharp knife around the head (eyes lips ear ect) then i salted, pickled and tanned per the instructions. (i did use vandykes super solvent on the beaver also) now i want to tan a beaver hide which i already have air dried for the fur market. my questions are: 1 can i just re hydrate, degrease and then go to the pickle? 2 do i have to salt it after re hydrating before i either degrease or pickle? 3 when is the right time to degrease a coon, beaver, bear before after ot during the pickle? alot of questions i know but rather learn from here than lose a hide. also this beaver hide will be put on a hoop for a wall hanging so it need not be soft.