Punt Gunning developed around coastal areas in the 19th century as a means of harvesting wildfowl for the commercial market. There is some belief that the originators were ex-gunners used to naval cannons and certainly there have always been ties between punt gunning and naval ports.
Fowl were skilfully stalked over distances, which involved lying prone in the punt using short paddles or poles to propel the punt to within range of the quarry, often through freezing water. The work was hard, cold, always wet and dangerous, and was considered one of the most difficult and demanding of all shooting activities.
The Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association's Punt Gun static display overlooks the Court Lake. They will be giving demonstrations, with commentary, during the day. If you have never heard a punt gun go off now is your chance. It is quite something.