All hides/pelts sold at the fur sales/auctions are untanned or green. They are streached and dried after being fleshed. My advise to you is to get a video on trapping/fur handling and watch it or as previously stated talk with a local trapper. An other good source of information is the Fur Fish And Game magazine.
Build memories, take a kid out doors and teach them about nature by interacting with it, hunting and fishing.
Learn from the past, don't dwell on it.