When I learned how to Mount deer I shadowed a local guy. He uses the short version of the tanning process where the pickle is eliminated. He simply rough fleshes, salts for a couple of hours, washes hide, rubs tan cream in, let's sit for 1 day in cool temp, shaves and finishes fleshing lips etc then washes and freezes.... Done. He gets max stretch and eliminates a HUGE part of the process.... Pickling. I asked him the other day if he has had any issues. He said that he hasn't and has been doing it that way for 13 yrs. I've seen his quality and it appears to be above average (at least from what I see...) If it works that well I don't know why anyone would do it any different..... Plus how the heck can the tan cream mfg get by with this process printed on thrir label as an alternative option to pickling??? That's like saying that there are 2 acceptable options: Oprion 1 includes steps 1-10 and Oprion 2 includes steps1-2 and 8-10. How can that be?..... Is this process similar to Krowtan? What do you think of the above process? Anyone use it??