Everyone who has an interest in duck hunting and punt guns needs to read James Michener’s book “Chesapeake “. The story deals with several families living in the Chesapeake Bay area around Virginia and Maryland, from about 1580 to the 1970’s. It’s a big book, a long book, and in it he goes into quite a lot of detail on the use of punt guns for commercial duck hunting on the Chesapeake. I think this is one of his best books and one that most members of this forum will thoroughly enjoy.
There were double-barrelled punt guns, arranged so that as the floating ducks which hadn't been slaughtered took off from the water and then they were caught on the wing.
Colonel Hawker refers to punt gunning in "Instructions to Young Sportsmen" (1833)- he has sections in various parts of this tome, from "canoe shooting" (p.324) to £stanchion guns" (p.376) and so on.
J.H. Walsh (1882 - nom de plume
"Stonehenge") deals with the subject at great length - e.g., Volume I, Book II (pp. 408 - 428)
Some people will be HORRIFIED, because he mentioned the unmentionable
-- but it is only part of the development of the topic ;-)
There are fine reprints available of both of these books, -- for anyone in the UK who is interested, I have them in my library (just outside the Bisley Ranges) and I would sell them.
Hawker - Richmond Press 1973) ; Walsh - Wolfe Publishing, Limited Edition of 1500, 1986.
(Postage to the USA would be too prohibitive, sadly). I am hanging on to the originals ;-)