Jim, the â€œMaster of Possum Hounds,â€? and his wife rally the canine troops. (Photo courtesy the author) Unlike most of our Alabama neighbors, the men in our family did not shoot deer, doves, or quail. My grandfather, Mac, and my father, Ted, did not hunt at all. My uncle, Stewart, owned no gun; our family did not approve of guns (the influence of my pacifist grandmother, "Miss Rose"). Stewart not only lived in a déclassé neighborhood; he engaged in a déclassé form of hunting.