Corolla Marshes from Timbuc II Professional Review and Guide
"Currituck first became known as the duck hunting capital of the East Coast. The name Currituck comes from the Indian word for “land of the wild goose.” There used to be so many birds that they darkened the sky when they flew. Starting in the late 1800s, travelers started to come to Currituck to hunt the large number of ducks, geese, and swans. Local hunters, called market hunters, used a “punt gun,” which resembled a large shotgun.
It would hold a half cup of gunpowder and a full cup of shot. The hunters would first bait the area with corn, then return after dark with a special boat, a small skiff with a cover on it. The gun was mounted on top of the deck so the spray from the gun would be level with the surface of the water, allowing a hunter to kill hundreds of birds with one shot. The birds would be packed in barrels and shipped off to the large cities to be enjoyed by diners. This wholesale hunting decimated the number of waterfowl in the area. You won’t see as many types of waterfowl today, but this trip will allow you to see what is still around. Keep an eye out for the other local wildlife such as snakes, turtles, white-tailed deer, and other small mammals."