I heavily salted them last fall after fleshing them and put them away for the winter. They came out great. No rot, nor hair slippage. I tossed them into the creek and got them all cleaned up, hung and stretched and applied the tanning solution to one of them so far. I'll get to the other later today. Takes about a week for the flesh to turn to leather, and then I will start the softening process. This is something I am still trying to figure out. In fact I'm still trying to soften the leather from 2016. I was rubbing warm water plus neatsfoot oil into the one this morning. Sure seems like it will work, but I have thought so before. This is all practice for when I get my bear.