I've used the tanning kits before with some success. Be sure to get it fleshed well and use a coyote sized hanger to dry. I tried drying one by hanging it from its nose...i ended up with a wiener dog! They will stretch way out when they're wet.
It's a pretty easy and straight forward process.
Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used.
I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up...