Being a Taxidermist, does not mean you have to be able to tan a hide. Some of yall are putting the cart before the horse. From what I see, un-experienced Taxidermists, are worried about tanning, when they should be worried about the appearance of their mounts. Your customer doesn't care who tanned that skin, they just care what it looks like on the wall. Hit and miss tanning, will cost you customers. Every animal you get has value to your customer, or they wouldn't have brought it to the Taxidermist, in the first place. Tanning in 5 gallon buckets, or washing machines, is not placing a high enough value on these skins. Your trying to get repeat business, not experiment with someones trophy. This is just a little food for thought, for the newbees. Tanning isn't rocket science, but it is an important part of your business, that doesn't need to be left, to guess work. Concentrate on mounting first, then come back to the tanning, after you build a customer base. Find a reputable tannery, and alot of your mounting problems will be solved.