Punt guns were used in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These guns were so large and effective that they wiped out most of the waterfowl in the United States.
A punt gun was a gun so large it was typically mounted to a long square-ended flat hulled boat called a punt. hunters would float onto lakes and rivers sneaking into the shooting range of a flock of ducks. Hunters could shoot as many as 50 ducks at one time.
In the early 1800s groups of hunters would go out with punt guns to supply commercial markets with meat. It was not uncommon to kill 500 ducks in a single day. This type of market hunting nearly eliminated wildlife in our country.
These guns were outlawed in most states by 1860 due to the decreased population of waterfowl. The passage of the Lacy Act in 1900 made it illegal to sell wild game across state lines. This along with other laws passed in 1918 ended market hunting in the United States and marked the end of punt guns.
In this video, you will see how effective a punt gun is.