Patent application title: Hunting Blind
George Frady (Canton, GA, US)
Carl Parks (Woodstock, GA, US)
David Garner (Canton, GA, US)
Gordon Ricketts (Jasper, GA, US)
IPC8 Class: AE04H1504FI
Class name: Tent, canopy, umbrella, or cane portable shelter (i.e., tent or canopy) shelter suspended from diverse support means
Publication date: 2012-01-19
Patent application number: 20120012142
A hunting blind having adjustable height is described herein. The height
of the hunting blind may be adjusted to fully or partially hide a hunter
from their prey. In one embodiment, the height is adjusted through the
use of adjustable length stabilization rods. To provide support for the
blind's top edge while in use, in one example, a support rod is inserted
through a channel disposed in or near the top edge of the hunting blind.
The support rod may also be used to secure the hunting blind to a tree
through the use of a strap wrapped around the tree, whereas the support
rod is secured to the strap.
1. A hunting blind comprising: a blind comprising an upper edge and a
lower edge, wherein the distance between the upper edge and the lower
edge is adjustable; one or more stabilization rods removably affixed to a
sheet of fabric; a support removably affixed to the upper edge to provide
vertical support for at least a length of the upper edge; and a strap for
removably connecting the support to a tree.
2. The hunting blind of claim 1, wherein the distance between the upper edge and lower edge is adjusted by adjusting the length of the one or more stabilization rods.
3. The hunting blind of claim 2, wherein the length of the one or more stabilization rods are adjusted by adjusting at least one extension of at least one of the one or more stabilization rods.
4. The hunting blind of claim 3, wherein the length of the one or more stabilization rods may be adjusted together or separately.
5. The hunting blind of claim 1, wherein the support is a support rod affixed to the upper edge.
6. The hunting blind of claim 5, wherein the support rod is affixed via the insertion of at least a portion of the support rod into a channel disposed within at least a portion of the upper edge.
7. The hunting blind of claim 5, wherein at least a portion of the support is removably attached to the strap to secure the hunting blind to a tree.
8. The hunting blind of claim 1, further comprising a seat.
9. The hunting blind of claim 1, wherein one or more of the stabilization rods are attached to a mobility device.
10. The hunting blind of claim 9, wherein the mobility device is a wheel chair.
11. The hunting blind of claim 1, further comprising a storage compartment configured to store the hunting blind when folded.
12. The hunting blind of claim 1, wherein the distance between the upper edge and the lower edge is adjusted to fully or partially hide a hunter disposed within an interior of the hunting blind while in use.
13. A hunting blind comprising: a blind comprising an upper edge and a lower edge, wherein the distance between the upper edge and the lower edge is adjustable; one or more stabilization rods removably affixed to a sheet of fabric and attached to a mobility device; a support removably affixed to the upper edge to provide vertical support for at least a length of the upper edge; and a strap for removably connecting the support to a tree.
14. A strap assembly for removably connecting a blind to a tree or other object, comprising: a strap; an adjustable attaching means carried by said strap for securing said strap around a tree or object; a first rod; a second rod; a first sleeve carried by said strap for receiving said first rod; a second sleeve carried by said strap for receiving said second rod; a first retention means for retaining said first rod within said first sleeve; a second retention means for retaining said second rod within said second sleeve; wherein, said first and said second rods are in communication with a blind.
15. The strap assembly of claim 14, wherein said first and second retaining means are clamps.
16. The strap assembly of claim 14, wherein said first and second retaining means are pins receivable within said first and said second rods, respectively.
17. The strap assembly of claim 14, wherein said adjustable attaching means is a buckle.
 The present disclosure relates generally to hunting protection, and more particularly to hunting blinds.
 Many people hunt out of necessity or for sport. Hunting as a necessity or as a sport requires the use of stealth and/or camouflage to hide the hunter from potential game. Structures have been developed for years designed camouflage hunters from prey. For example, there exist camouflage walls that a hunter could place on the ground and use as camouflage for game in front of them. A more complex camouflage structure like tree stands provide extensive camouflage and allow hunters more range for attacking game.
 Disclosed herein is a hunting blind comprising a blind cover, an adjustable tree strap, structural rods and blind stabilization members.
 In an embodiment, structural rods are inserted into an adjustable tree strap that connects a blind cover to a tree, thereby preferably creating a fully enclosed circular shape that allows hunters to have up to 360 degrees of protection from potential approaching game while providing a range of up to 360 degrees for attacking game.
 In an embodiment of the presently disclosed subject matter, one or more blind stabilization members extend and retract to provide structural support to the blind cover and interact with the ground for stabilization. The blind stabilization members can be adjusted to accommodate different desired blind cover heights.
 These and other features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent to those ordinarily skilled in the art after reading the following Detailed Description and Claims in light of the accompanying drawing Figures.
 This summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
 Other features of the subject matter are described below.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
 The foregoing and other aspects of the present subject matter will become apparent from the following detailed description of the subject matter when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the subject matter, there is shown in the drawings embodiments that are presently preferred, it being understood, however, that the subject matter is not limited to the specific instrumentalities disclosed. The drawings are not necessarily drawn to scale. In the drawings:
 FIG. 1 is a side view illustration of an exemplary hunting blind device showing an exterior of the device during use;
 FIG. 2 is a side view illustration of an exemplary hunting blind device showing an interior of the device during use;
 FIG. 3 is a top view illustration showing a tree strap used to secure a hunting blind device to a tree;
 FIG. 4 is a rear view illustration of a hunting blind device showing the tree strap and interior of the device during use;
 FIG. 5 is a view of the hunting blind device partially folded for storage illustrating how to properly breaks down for storage;
 FIG. 6 is a view of the hunting blind device properly folded for storage;
 FIG. 7 is a view of the pole snaps located within the hunting blind device illustrating how the pole snaps are connected and disassembled;
 FIG. 8 is a view of the hunting blind illustrating the blind being rolled up for storage in the hunting blind carrying case;
 FIG. 9 is a view of the device in storage in the hunting blind carrying case. The larger compartment contains the hunting blind and the smaller compartment can contain a seat or other desired items;
 FIG. 10a is a side view illustration of the use of a strap to secure an exemplary hunting blind to a tree;
 FIG. 10b is a side view illustration showing an exemplary buckle to secure the strap to the tree;
 FIG. 11 is detailed view of the tree strap showing insertion of the pole snaps and attachment to a tree;
 FIG. 12 is a side view illustration of how a hunting blind may be secured to a mobility device; and
 FIG. 13 is an illustration of a way to secure a fabric to the support structure of the hunting blind.
 It is to be noted that the drawings presented are intended solely for the purpose of illustration and that they are, therefore, neither desired nor intended to limit the invention to any or all of the exact details of construction shown, except insofar as they may be deemed essential to the claimed invention.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ILLUSTRATIVE EMBODIMENTS
 The present subject matter may be understood more readily by reference to the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying figures and examples, which form a part of this disclosure. It is to be understood that this subject matter is not limited to the specific devices, methods, applications, conditions or parameters described and/or shown herein, and that the terminology used herein is for the purpose of describing particular embodiments by way of example only and is not intended to be limiting of the claimed subject matter.
 Also, as used in the specification including the appended claims, the singular forms "a," "an," and "the" include the plural, and reference to a particular numerical value includes at least that particular value, unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. The term "plurality", as used herein, means more than one. When a range of values is expressed, another embodiment includes from the one particular value and/or to the other particular value. Similarly, when values are expressed as approximations, by use of the antecedent "about," it will be understood that the particular value forms another embodiment. All ranges are inclusive and combinable.
 As shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the hunting blind device 10 preferably comprises blind cover 20, structural rods 40, blind stabilization members 50, adjustable tree strap 60, outdoor seat 70, blind storage compartment 80, and outdoor seat storage compartment 90.
 Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a side view illustration of hunting blind 10 having blind cover 20 installed and in use. Blind cover 20 preferably comprises top 22, bottom 24, exterior 26, interior 28.
 FIG. 2 further illustrates various portions of hunting blind 10 of FIG. 1. Hunting blind 10 of FIG. 2 has stabilization member straps 30. Blind cover 20 preferably has a height of about 47 inches from top 22 to bottom 24. At or near top 22 of blind cover 20 and extending the length of blind cover 20 preferably is rod compartment 32. Rod compartment 32 contains structural rods 40 that preferably when assembled provide structural integrity to top 22 of blind cover 20 and connect blind cover 20 to adjustable tree strap 60.
 FIG. 3 is a top view illustration showing the attachment of a hunting blind to a structure such as a tree. Hunting blind 10 may be attached to a tree or other structure using various methods of attachment. In the present example, hunting blind 10 is attached to tree 32 using strap 30 which is wrapped around tree 32. Hunting blind 10 is attached to strap 30 via the use of secure means 34. Structural rod 40, which as discussed in FIG. 1 above, are inserted through rod compartment 32 (as shown in FIG. 2) and provide structural integrity to the top 22 of blind cover 20 of hunting blind 10 (as shown in FIG. 2). Structure rod 40 is inserted through secure means 34 on either side of strap 30, thus securing hunting blind 10 to tree 32.
 FIG. 4 is a backside view of a hunting blind according to one exemplary and non-limiting embodiment. Hunting blind 10 is shown having top 22 and bottom 24 with interior 28. Also shown is exterior 26 and interior 28.
 FIG. 5 is a view of blind cover 20 being dismantled and folded for storage. Equally spaced from end 34 to end 36 and at top 22 of blind cover 20 preferably are blind stabilization member pivots 38 that attach blind stabilization members 50 to blind cover 20. Below each blind stabilization member pivot 38 preferably are equally spaced stabilization member straps 30 from top 22 to bottom 24 of blind cover 20. Stabilization member straps 30 are preferably designed to further secure blind stabilization members 50 to blind cover 20 when in use by tying stabilization member straps 30 around blind stabilization members 50. FIG. 6 is an illustration of hunting blind 20 when folded for storage.
 Referring to FIG. 7, there is shown a schematic view of structural rod 40 preferably comprising female union 44, male union 46, and guide cord 48. Six structural rods 40 (one of which is shown) extend through rod compartment 32. During hunting blind 10 assembly and using guide cord 48 as a reference, male union 46 of one structural rod 40 inserts into female union 44 of adjacent structural rod 40. This process is continued in the same manner until all structural rods 40 and connected. Although unions 44 and 46 are shown with one member having a rigid metal or other material portion, in an alternate embodiment, rigid portions may be utilized on both ends.
 Referring to FIG. 8, hunting blind 10 preferably folds up and assumes shape shown in FIG. 8 for storage. After hunting blind 10 is folded (as shown in FIG. 6) it preferably rolls up as illustrated in FIG. 8 and can inserted into interior blind storage compartment 90 for carrying and storage. A storage compartment 110 is provided for storage of a seat or other item.
 FIG. 9 shows an exemplary way in which outdoor storage compartment 110 may be secured to blind storage compartment 90.
 Referring to FIGS. 10a and 10b, there are shown schematic views of the novel adjustable tree strap 60 preferably comprising rod port 62, rod port 64, and strap size adjuster 70. Near male union 68 is preferably strap size adjustor 70. Strap size adjustor 70 can preferably be adjusted to shorten or lengthen adjustable tree strap 60 to accommodate interaction with trees having various diameters. Once the proper size of adjustable tree strap 60 is determined, male union 68 can preferably be inserted into female union 66 and strap size adjustor 70 can be manipulated to further tighten adjustable tree strap 60 securing adjustable tree strap 60 to a tree. Near female union 66 of adjustable tree strap preferably is rod port 62. Rod port 62 receives structural rod 40 connecting hunting blind (not shown) to adjustable tree strap 60 providing stability to hunting blind 10. Likewise, rod port 64 receives structural rod 40 connecting hunting blind to adjustable tree strap 60 providing further stability to hunting blind. Together interaction between pole snaps 40 and adjustable tree strap 60 also create the hidden space in interior 28 of hunting blind 10.
 FIG. 11 is illustrative of a fully closed hunting blind according to an exemplary embodiment of the present application.
 FIG. 12 is illustrative of a hunting blind that may be used in conjunction with a mobility device, such as wheel chair 200. Stabilization rods 202 may be secured to wheel chair 200 in lieu of securing to the ground.
 Referring to FIG. 13, there is shown a schematic view of blind stabilization members 50 preferably comprising extension 1 52, extension 2 54, extension 56, and push lock/pin release systems 58. Blind stabilization members 50 are preferably spaced equal distant from end 34 to end 36 of blind cover 20 (as shown above) and extension 1 extends from blind stabilization member pivot 38. From extension 1 52, extension 2 54 preferably slides out to lengthen blind stabilization member 50 until push lock/pin release system 58 locks pin in place and preferably secures extension 2 54. Likewise, extension 3 56 slides out of extension 2 54 preferably to lengthen blind stabilization member 50 until push lock/pin release system 58 locks the pin in place and secures extension 3 56. Extension 2 54 and extension 3 56 preferably retracts respectively by pushing the pin on push lock/pin release system 58 and sliding extension 2 54 and extension 3 56 into respective extension. Once fully extended, blind stabilization members 50 interact with the ground and provide further structural support to hunting blind 10. Once fully collapsed for storage, blind stabilization members 50 can be rotated towards end 34 and at top 22 of blind cover 20 about stabilization member pivots 38. Although two blind stabilization members 50 are shown, 3 or more may be utilized in alternate embodiments.
 While the embodiments have been described in connection with the preferred embodiments of the various figures, it is to be understood that other similar embodiments may be used or modifications and additions may be made to the described embodiment for performing the same function without deviating therefrom. Therefore, the disclosed embodiments should not be limited to any single embodiment but rather should be construed in breadth and scope in accordance with the appended claims.
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