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They Invented What? (No. 136)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on April 16, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 6,415,807: Decoy hunting/observing blind.

 duckblind

I claim:

1. A blind comprising in combination:

a housing in the form of a hollow shell, said shell having segmental wall portions, and opposite sides of said shell terminating at a lower annular edge, said shell being sized to accommodate a hunter or observer in an upright position therein; said shell is a decoy having an external appearance simulating a fowl being hunted or observed; and shell-supporting means extending upwardly from ground level through said lower annular edge of said shell for mounting said shell above ground level.

2. A blind according to claim 1 wherein a rotatable seat is mounted on said shell-supporting means.

3. A blind according to claim 1 wherein said shell-supporting means is operative to mount said shell for horizontal rotation about a vertical axis.

4. A blind comprising in combination:

a shell having an external appearance simulating a fowl being hunted or observed, shell-supporting means extending upwardly from ground level, through a lower portion of said shell for mounting said shell above ground level, a seat in said lower portion, and said shell-supporting means being operative to mount said shell for horizontal rotation about a vertical axis through said seat.

5. A blind comprising in combination:

a housing in the form of a hollow shell, said shell having segmental wall portions in normally closed relation to one another, and opposite sides of said shell terminating in a lower annular edge;

a seat including means for mounting said seat within said housing, said shell being sized to accommodate a hunter or observer in a seated position;

said mounting means for said seat includes a ground engaging base member and an upwardly extending pedestal upon which said seat is mounted; and

shell-supporting means for mounting said shell above ground level in surrounding relation to said seat whereby a hunter or observer can be positioned in an upright seated position on said seat within said shell.

6. A blind according to claim 5 wherein said mounting means is adapted to mount said seat for horizontal rotation of said seat about a vertical axis.

7. A blind according to claim 6 wherein said shell is horizontally rotatable with said seat.

8. A blind according to claim 5 wherein said shell is configured to be in the form of a fowl having an upper viewing aperture therein.

9. A blind according to claim 8 wherein said viewing aperture is in an upper extremity of said shell.

10. A blind according to claim 5 wherein said segmental wall portions define symmetrical halves on said opposite sides of said shell.

11. A blind according to claim 10 wherein said shell-supporting means includes pivotal supporting means for pivotally supporting said halves for movement between closed and open positions.

12. A blind according to claim 11 wherein said halves of said shell converge downwardly from opposite sides into said lower annular edge.

13. A blind according to claim 10 wherein said support means includes brace members between said seat and said halves, and hinge members pivotally mounting said halves with respect to said brace members.

14. A blind comprising in combination:

a housing in the form of a hollow shell of oval-shaped configuration, said shell having symmetrical halves in normally closed relation to one another, and opposite sides of said shell converging downwardly and terminating in a lower annular edge;

a seat including means for mounting said seat for rotation about a vertical axis extending upwardly within said housing, said shell being sized to accommodate a hunter therein with said annular edge spaced above ground level; and

shell-supporting means for mounting said shell above ground level in surrounding relation to said seat whereby a hunter can be positioned in an upright position within said shell.

15. A blind according to claim 14 wherein said shell is rotatable with said seat.

16. A blind according to claim 14 wherein said shell is configured to be in the form of a fowl having an upper viewing aperture therein, and said viewing aperture is in an upper extremity of said shell.

17. A blind according to claim 16 wherein said upper extremity of said shell is sized for insertion of the head of a hunter with said viewing aperture at eye level.

18. A blind according to claim 14 wherein said shell-supporting means includes pivotal support means for pivotally supporting said halves for movement between closed and open positions.

19. A blind according to claim 18 wherein said halves of said shell converge downwardly from opposite sides into said lower annular edge, and said pivotal support means is defined by a hinge pivotally attached to an inner surface of each of said halves in spaced relation to and above said lower annular edge.

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