“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Corolla in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Waterfowl Hunting

A Tradition Lives On

Waterfowl Hunting Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2017
1. Waterfowl Hunting Marker
Waterfowl hunting is an essential piece of Currituck history and culture. Hunting accelerated rapidly during the 19th century and is a proud tradition carried on by many Currituck natives.

Market Hunting
In the mid 19th century, duck (particularly from Currituck) became popular in restaurants. To meet this increased demand for duck, locals began hunting ducks more efficiently and creatively for market. As the ducks began to disappear, many hunting methods became outlawed, and eventually market hunting was banned.

The Tradition Lives On
Today the Sound is punctuated with freshly brushed duck blinds and gunfire every winter. Many of the old hunt clubs are still active today, and waterfowl hunting remains a way of life for many natives.

Currituck Hunt Clubs
Wealthy men began to buy up the islands and marshes to start hunt clubs. Duck hunting was a chance to socialize, get outdoors, and escape the hustle and bustle of cites and everyday life. Nearly 50 clubs in all were established with locals working as guides, caretakers or laborers, while some clubs were locally owned and operated.

Guiding hunters home through rain, fog, snow, and darkness was this big bell from Monkey Island Hunt Club. Today, this island has
Waterfowl Hunting Marker (<i>wide view; overlooking Whale Head Bay</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2017
2. Waterfowl Hunting Marker (wide view; overlooking Whale Head Bay)
gone to the birds; it is set aside exclusively for nesting herons, egrets, ospreys, and the occasional bald eagle.

Swan Island Club began on a sailboat dubbed the Anonyana, that ran aground in the sound back in 1872. At right is their most recent clubhouse, built in 1914.
Erected by Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.
Location. 36° 22.464′ N, 75° 49.987′ W. Marker is in Corolla, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker can be reached from Village Lane 0.3 miles west of Ocean Trail (State Highway 12), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is within Currituck Heritage Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1160 Village Lane, Corolla NC 27927, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Corolla Island Bridges (within shouting distance of this marker); Waterfowl Resting Area (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whalehead Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Duck Blinds (within shouting distance of this marker); Boathouse (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Nation's Defense (about 500 feet away); The Whalehead Club Restoration (about 500 feet away); The Caretaker's Residence (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corolla.
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of the Hunt Clubs of the Outer Banks. The Currituck Shooting Club was just the first of many hunt clubs that would line the shores of the Outer Banks sounds. It’s difficult to get an exact count, but there seems to have been over 100 hunting clubs from the Back Bay of Virginia, which is the northern point of Currituck Sound, to Hatteras Island. Most of the clubs were located in Currituck County. (Submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. The Currituck Club Legacy. By the mid-1800s, the northern Outer Banks enjoyed a reputation as the finest waterfowl hunting grounds on the east coast. During this period, steel and railroad magnates built sprawling mansions to entertain visiting hunters. Thus began one of the richest chapters in the history of the Outer Banks: the golden age of hunt clubs. The Currituck Shooting Club, originally built in 1857, was the first of these grand old clubs. Rebuilt in 1879, the present cedar-shaped clubhouse and outbuildings are listed on the national Register of Historic Places and stand today on a 15-acre preserve at the southern tip of The Currituck Club property. (Submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Swan Island Club. Swan Island is located in Currituck County, NC, in Currituck Sound, near the more well known Knott’s Island. In the nineteenth century, northern businessmen discovered the wealth of wild birds in this area and began buying up tracts of the marshes and small islands in the sound to construct hunt clubs. Hunters from New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey would come in the winter months down to Currituck to these clubs to hunt and fish. Local residents served as caretakers, servants, and guides, providing them with a sorely needed source of income. (Submitted on February 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
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