First off, love this forum. No clue why I didn't get on here years ago, this is amazing. Trapped and hunted my whole life, skinning most animals, with the majority being coons to sell. My question... I shot a coyote this Saturday morning. It actually had all it's hair and a nice looking standard coyote color/pattern. So I decided I wanted to have it tanned for display at home. Tube skinned it like I do a coon a few hours later. Got busy and left skinned hide in my truck until Sunday, unfleshed. Now, I don't know why I did this, probably because I am a rookie at preserving hides, but I salted the hide with canning salt, rolled it up and put it in the freezer. Called taxidermy guy today, explained what I did to make sure he would be able to work with it. He said since I salted it before fleshing the meat and cartilage off, he couldn't take it to have tanned. I don't blame him at all for not being able to do it anyway. Not the direction I'm going, sounds like I messed up. He said next time just bring the entire coyote in, unskinned. So, did I ruin the hide? Can I flesh it still and then go on with learning, or experimenting, a home tan? Or is it trash?