Out There: Possum days

There once were plenty of folks who liked a good meal of roast opossum. And plenty of possum dogs. Not so now.

Updated: September 28, 2004, 1:33 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

Does anyone know if you can buy a good possum dog nowadays?

When I was a kid, I had a dandy — an old black-and-white setter named Rusty.

He belonged to my uncle, actually, but when Rusty failed to show an interest in pointing quail, and began exhibiting a knack for tracking and treeing possums, my uncle loaned him to me permanently.

To a 12-year-old, a dog that'll tree possums is just about the finest animal one can have. At least that's the way I saw it.

I'd turn ...

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Possum days