I've been working on my first deer hide with a salt/vinegar process that i've used before on squirrels. It's going to be a flat wall mount so I was just going to salt, pickle, neutralize, and oil/dry. I'm at last step and the hide stinks like wet dog mixed with salt and vinegar chips and there were some loose hairs when it first came out of the pickle. It's oiled and hanging now and some parts of it are browning/stiffening but i'm worried that my pickle wasn't strong enough and that it's going to rot on me.
Is it too late to degrease the hide and put it back into a pickle? If it's just going to be a wall hanger, will it be okay to skip the tanning solution step and just oil with neatsfoot?