Title:
Sniper pack seat
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Sniper Pack Seat consists of a large, roughly L-shaped frame produced from sections of aluminum tubing welded together. The shorter section of the frame would have a slight bend to accommodate the curve of a tree. The shorter section of the frame would also have straps with buckles to hold the shorter section of the frame against the tree and the longer section of the frame approximately perpendicular to the tree. The longer section of the frame would have a fabric cover with storage pockets and a seat. A user simply straps on Sniper Pack Seat to his shoulder and begins hiking into the woods or other area When desired, a user simply removes Sniper Pack Seat from his shoulder, straps it to a tree and sits down. When the user has completed his task, he simply detaches the straps from the tree and harnesses it across his shoulders again for transport.



Inventors:
Boepple, Gerhard (Kelowna, CA)
Application Number:
11/526478
Publication Date:
03/27/2008
Filing Date:
09/25/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04G3/00
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Primary Examiner:
CAHN, DANIEL P
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Galasso & Associates, LP (Austin, TX, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A transportable device comprising: (a) a L-shaped frame with a longer section and a shorter section; (b) a tree strap attached to the L-shaped frame; (c) a seat located on the L-shaped frame;

2. The transportable device of claim 1 further comprising a fabric cover over the L-shaped frame.

3. The transportable device of claim 2 wherein the fabric cover has a camouflage design.

4. The transportable seat of claim 2 further comprising a pocket located on the fabric cover.

5. The transportable device of claim 4 wherein the pocket is made of nylon mesh.

6. The transportable device of claim 1 further comprising a shoulder strap with a fastening mechanism attached to the L-shaped frame.

7. The transportable device of claim 6 wherein the fastening mechanism is a buckle.

8. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein the seat is stationary.

9. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein the seat has a closed-cell styrofoam plastic padding and a plywood base and a cover made from fleece.

10. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein the seat has a closed-cell styrofoam plastic padding and a plastic base and a cover made from fleece.

11. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein the seat has a closed-cell styrofoam plastic padding and a metal base and a cover made from fleece.

12. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein the seat swivels.

13. The transportable device of claim 6 wherein the shoulder strap and the tree strap are made of nylon.

14. The transportable device of claim 2 further comprising a nylon handle located on the end of the fabric cover opposite the tree strap.

15. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein the L-shaped frame is made of aluminum tubing welded together.

16. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein a curved bar connects the two sides of the shorter section.

17. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein the shorter section has a plurality of diagonal bars that connect the shorter section to the longer section.

18. The transportable device of claim 1 wherein at least one cross bar connects the two sides of the longer section.

19. The transportable device of claim 1 further comprising a set of nylon belts with a set of buckles attached to the fabric cover.

20. A transportable device comprising: (a) a L-shaped frame made of aluminum tubing with a longer section and a shorter section; (b) a larger tree strap and a larger tree strap buckle located above a smaller tree strap and a smaller tree strap buckle attached to the L-shaped frame wherein the larger tree strap and the smaller tree strap are made of nylon and the larger tree strap buckle and the smaller tree strap buckle are made of aluminum; (c) a swivel seat located on the longer section; (d) a fabric cover with a camouflage design and having a set of five nylon mesh pockets covering the L-shaped frame; (e) a first nylon shoulder strap and a second nylon shoulder strap with a first aluminum buckle and a second aluminum buckle attached to the L-shaped frame; (f) a nylon handle located on the end of the fabric cover opposite the larger tree strap and the smaller tree strap; (g) a curved bar connecting the opposite sides of the shorter section; (h) a first cross bar and a second cross bar connecting the opposite sides of the longer section; (i) a plurality of diagonal bars connecting the shorter section and the longer section; and (j) a set of nylon belts attached to the fabric cover and having a set of aluminum buckles.

Description:

CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

This Non-Provisional Patent Application does not claim priority to any United States provisional patent application nor any foreign patent application.

FIELD OF THE DISCLOSURE

The disclosures made herein relate generally to the hunting and outdoors industry. The invention discussed herein is in the general classification of specialized hunting and outdoors chairs.

BACKGROUND

Hunting is a popular sport in many countries. Some people hunt to enjoy the fresh air and sunlight of the outdoors. Others participate in hunting activities to challenge their tracking skills and shooting accuracy. Still others hunt for more practical purposes. Many ranchers and landowners hunt to eliminate wildlife that is harmful to the surroundings or simply for food. In addition, hunting can provide aerobic exercise when a hunter must walk or run long distances over hills to capture his prey.

Finding a comfortable seat while waiting for prey to appear has long been a problem in the wilderness. Some hunters carry portable lawn chairs to solve this problem. However, these chairs are bulky to carry and do not provide a sturdy platform for many hunters. They also can make considerable noise when a hunter moves in them, causing prey to scatter from the area. Other hunters utilize tree stands with seats. These seats are also bulky and difficult to transport and can be time-consuming to assemble and erect.

Hence, there is a need in the art for a convenient, inexpensive and versatile seat that hunters can easily carry and attach to a tree.

SUMMARY OF THE DISCLOSURE

Sniper Pack Seat consists of a large, roughly L-shaped frame produced from sections of aluminum tubing welded together. The shorter section of the frame would have a slight bend to accommodate the curve of a tree. The shorter section of the frame would also have straps with buckles to hold the shorter section of the frame against the tree and the longer section of the frame approximately perpendicular to the tree. It may also have a fabric cover. The longer section of the frame would have a fabric cover with storage pockets and a seat.

The principal object of this invention is to provide a seat that can be easily transported by hunters or other outdoorsmen.

Another object of this invention is to provide a seat that can be easily attached to a tree for hunting or other outdoor activities.

Another object of this invention is to provide an affordable seat for hunting that permits a hunter to quietly turn and easily face prey.

Yet another object of this invention is to provide an easy to assemble, sturdy and comfortable seat for outdoorsmen.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 depicts a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 depicts a perspective view of the preferred embodiment of the frame of the present invention.

FIG. 3 depicts a top view of the preferred embodiment of the frame of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The preferred embodiment of Sniper Pack Seat is comprised of at least some of the following: a large, roughly L-shaped frame produced from sections of aluminum tubing welded together. The shorter section of the frame would have a slight bend to accommodate the curve of a tree. The shorter section of the frame would also have straps with buckles to hold the shorter section of the frame against the tree and the longer section of the frame approximately perpendicular to the tree. The longer section of the frame would have a fabric cover with storage pockets and a seat. The shorter section of the frame will also have a fabric cover in the preferred embodiment.

In the preferred embodiment of the invention, shown in FIG. 1, an L-shaped frame (not pictured) is covered by a fabric cover 1 having five nylon mesh storage pockets. The pockets are located along the length of the longer section of the frame and can be closed via zippers and guides though other fastening mechanisms are also possible. The fabric cover 1 has a camouflage design though any of a variety of designs is possible. Shoulder straps 2 with shoulder strap buckles 3 are attached to the fabric cover 1 to allow easy transport of the device. In addition, a pair of tree straps with buckles is attached through the rear of the fabric cover 1. A larger tree strap 4 and larger tree strap buckle 5 are located above a smaller tree strap 6 and smaller tree strap buckle 7. A seat 8 is also located on the fabric cover 1. In this preferred embodiment, the seat 8 is capable of swiveling though a stationary seat with a variety of padding, bases or covers is possible. The seat 8 also has a velvet cover or the like and appropriate padding for the comfort of the user. The shoulder straps 2, larger tree strap 4 and smaller tree strap 6 are made of nylon and the various buckles are made of aluminum in the preferred embodiment though a variety of material could be utilized. For convenience, a nylon handle 9 is located on the end of the fabric cover 1 opposite the tree straps. The tree straps can also be strapped around a user's waist during transportation of the device to stabilize the load.

FIG. 2 depicts the preferred embodiment of the frame 20 underlying the preferred embodiment of the invention. The frame is constructed through the use of sections of aluminum tubing welded together. The shorter section 21 and the longer section 22 of the frame 20 are produced from sections of aluminum tubing welded together. The shorter section 21 of the frame 20 has two curved bars (not pictured) connecting the opposite sides and capable of accommodating the curve of a tree. The shorter section 21 also has a series of diagonal bars 23 that connect the shorter section 21 to the longer section 22. Two cross bars 24 connect the opposite sides of the longer section 22.

The preferred embodiment of the frame 20 is approximately eleven inches in width at the end of the frame nearest the shorter section 21 and eight inches in width at the opposite end of the frame 20. The longer section 22 of the frame 20 is approximately twenty inches in length. The first of the two cross bars 24 on the longer section 22 of the frame 20 is located about eight inches from the shorter section 21 of the frame 20. The second of two cross bars 24 on the longer section 22 is located about thirteen inches from the shorter section 21 of the frame 20.

FIG. 3 depicts a top view of the preferred embodiment of the frame 20. The curved bars 30 of the shorter section of the frame 20 can be seen. The series of diagonal bars 23 and the two cross bars 24 connecting to the longer section 22 can also be seen in greater detail.

In an alternative embodiment of the invention, a set of belts with buckles for hunting accessories such as arrow quivers and bows could also be attached to the fabric cover. The belts would ideally be made of nylon and the buckles would be made of aluminum though a variety of materials would be appropriate.

A user simply uses the shoulder straps of Sniper Pack Seat to carry the device while hiking into the woods or other area. When desired, a user removes Sniper Pack Seat from his shoulder and straps it to a tree using the tree straps. The Sniper Pack Seat is ideally positioned on the tree with the shorter section facing down approximately two feet off the ground. The user is then free to sit in the seat for any length of time. When the user has completed his task, he simply detaches the straps from the tree and harnesses it across his shoulders again for transport. The pockets of the device permit a user to carry a variety of items in a similar manner as a traditional backpack.

The components of Sniper Pack Seat may vary widely but will likely use metal, plastic, plywood, foam and textile components. The metals would ideally be selected from available steel or alloys of steel and aluminum. The production process related to the use of these metals insures that the metal is non-corrosive, durable and strong. The selected metal should have high impact strength and be capable of accepting and retaining coloring materials for an extended length of time. In the preferred embodiment of the invention, the frame would be produced from sections of aluminum tubing welded together. Aluminum alloys 6063 and 6061-T6 are preferred though others may also be used.

The plastic used in the production will ideally be selected for durability and longevity. Thermoplastics are commonly used in the manufacturing of components similar to those used in this invention. Polyethylene, polypropylene, and other similar thermoplastic materials would be among those with the necessary traits. Members of this family are recognized universally as being versatile and of high quality.

The plastic components of Sniper Pack Seat can also be formed with the use of plastic molding techniques, such as injection molding or blow molding. Injection molding requires melted plastic to be forcefully injected into relatively cool molds. As the plastic begins to harden, it takes on the shape of the mold cavity. This technique is ideal for the mass production of products. Alternatively, blow molding, a form of extrusion, could be utilized. Blow molding involves a molten tube being pushed into a mold. Compressed air then forces the molten tube against the cold walls of the mold.

It should be obvious that the components of the present invention can be of various shapes and sizes. In fact, the longer section and shorter section discussed could be of any lengths such that either section could be of any length. It should also be obvious that the components of the invention can be made of different types of metals or other suitable materials and can be of any color. It should further be obvious that although the present invention is ordinarily used for hunting, it could have several other uses. Wildlife photographers, hikers and bird watchers could all benefit from the present invention.

It will be recognized by those skilled in the art that changes or modifications may be made to the above-described embodiments without departing from the broad inventive concepts of the invention. It should therefore be understood that this invention is not limited to the particular embodiments described herein, but is intended to include all changes and modifications that are within the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth in the claims.