An exact date when duck hunting for the market began in the Currituck area is hard to establish. It is known that hunting was going on before 1827, but no written records of it exist. The earliest written record of market hunting there is in 1856. Edgar Bourroughs employed twenty game hunters to shoot waterfowl. The game was hauled by wagon to Norfolk once a week and then packed and shipped to northern cities. Baum traces the history of this type of hunting from 1856 to the turn of the century.