US Patent #6,415,807 is a Decoy Hunting/Observing Blind. What is a blind anyway, you may ask ever so intelligently? A blind is designed primarily for geese hunters, and is characterized by a decoy shell in the form of a goose, which is large enough to accommodate the hunter in a seated position on a swivel mount. A true blind will cover the greater portion of the hunter’s body so that he will be concealed from view.
When the hunter espies an approaching goose or a flock of geese, the decoy, which is divided into symmetrical halves, pivots at the base of the shell, rendering them readily movable when the hunter wishes to fire. Like any other self-respecting decoy, it is hoped that the poor goose will mistake the shell for another fowl.
The word ‘decoy’ actually comes from the Dutch and literally translated means ‘duck cage’. The original decoy was a small pond with a long, cone-shaped wickerwork tunnel that was used to catch wild ducks. After the ducks settled, a small trained dog would herd the ducks into the tunnel.
Hunting and decoys have been the subject of many inventions over the years. Consider Elizabeth Valeri’s amusing article: “Thanksgiving Patents - Part 1: To Eat the Bird You Must First Catch the Bird” and Randy P. Smith’s piece, “THE DASH" Deer Hunting Stand".
As far as the Decoy Hunting/Observing Blind goes, if I were a duck, I might be careful if I was passing in any pond nearby.
But then again, I’m a duck. What do I know?