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They Invented What? (No. 175)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 7, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 6,889,466Deer stomp simulator.

JW Note:  As an avid outdoorsman myself, I have only one word for this invention . . . awesome!

What is claimed is:

1. An apparatus for attracting an animal comprising: means for generating a sound imitating the sound of a footfall of the animal, sound operating means including a blunt operable to selectively strike the ground and means for positioning the blunt relative to the ground wherein positioning means further comprises: a spring having a first end and a second end, the spring engageable with respect to the blunt at the first end; and an anchor engageable with the second end of the spring and positionable with respect to the ground.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein at least a portion of the positioning means is flexible.

3. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein at least a portion of the positioning means is resilient.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the anchor is removably engageable with respect to the ground.

5. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein the second end is immovably associated with respect to the ground when the anchor is engaged with respect to the ground.

6. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprising: means for remotely biasing the spring.

7. The apparatus of claim 6 wherein biasing means further comprises: a cord engageable with the spring.

8. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein positioning means further comprises: a plurality of anchors positionable with respect to the ground; and a plurality of elastic cords, each cord engageable with respect to the blunt and with respect to at least one of the plurality of anchors.

9. A method for attracting an animal comprising the step of: generating a sound which imitates a sound of a footfall of the animal with sound generating means: and positioning a blunt spaced from a surface with a spring, the spring having a first end and a second end, the blunt engaged with the first end of the spring.

10. The method of claim 9 further comprising the step of: remotely engaging sound generating means.

11. The method of claim 9 wherein the sound generating step further comprises the step of: fixedly positioning the second end of the spring relative to the surface.

12. The method of claim 9 wherein the sound generating step further comprises the step of biasing the spring away from the surface with biasing means.

13. The method of claim 12 wherein the sound generating step further comprises the step: releasing the spring with respect to biasing means; and striking the surface with the blunt.

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