US 3928935 A
An improved game calling device formed of two parts, one a hollow barrel-configured member having a mouthpiece at one end, and an air chamber passing therethrough for mating in friction engagement with a keg-contoured member terminating in a truncated portion formed by at least two surfaces, a pair of cylindrically shaped passages extending through the keg portion and each cylindrical passage receiving a set of vibrating reed elements therein. The mating surfaces are retained in friction engagement by means of an O-ring that fits within an annular groove, and the truncated portion is adapted to fit and facilitate being received in an operator's hand so that alternatively the operator's fingers may completely or partially close off one or the other of the cylindrically shaped openings that extend from the truncated portion.
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United States Patent [1 1 Beadles, Jr.
[ Dec. 30, 1975  CHANGEABLE GAME CALLER WITH TWO DISTINCT SOUND SYSTEMS  Inventor: Glenn H. Beadles, Jr., P. O. Box
402, Lake Charles, La. 70601  Filed: June 24, 1974  Appl. No.: 482,629
Primary Examiner-F. Barry Shay Attorney, Agent, or FirmGeorge R. Douglas, Jr.;' Anthony D. Cennamo  ABSTRACT An improved game calling device formed of two parts, one a hollow barrel-configured member having a mouthpiece at one end, and an air chamber passing therethrough for mating in friction engagement with a keg-contoured member terminating in a truncated portion formed by at least two surfaces, a pair of cylindrically shaped passages extending through the keg portion and each cylindrical passage receiving a set of vibrating reed elements therein. The mating surfaces are retained in friction engagement by means of an O- ring that fits within an annular groove, and the truncated portion is adapted to fit and facilitate being received in an operators hand so that alternatively the operators fingers may completely or partially close off one or the other of the cylindrically shaped openings that extend from the truncated portion.
1 Claim, 4 Drawing Figures US. Patent Dec. 30, 1975 FIG. 3
CHANGEABLE GAME CALLER WITH TWO DISTINCT SOUND SYSTEMS CROSS REFERENCE TO PRIOR ART The present invention is an improvement over the following patents of interest in Class 273 of the Patent Office classification system and are:
Novaco Testo BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention relates to a game calling device such as for ducks and geese, and relates to a device having two or more cylindrical passageways in a barrelconfigured member, and in which there area plurality of vibrating reed elements disposed in the cylindrical passageways, and in which the reed elements can be removed by opening a friction tight seal holding the parts of the barrel configuration together.
More particularly the invention relates to barrel-configured game calling devices in which there are a plurality of truncated shaped surfaces which allow for the exit of the sounds from the game calling device, and which are adapted to fit within the operators hand so that his fingers may selectively close off or partially close off one or more of the terminating passageways.
BACKGROUND AND FIELD OF THE INVENTION An advantage of the present invention is to provide a new and improved design and configuration for a game call horn in which there is an O-ring so as to seal one portion containing the sound systems from the main body of the game call device. The seal is based upon a friction joint and is found to be a unique and distinctive manner for opening and again closing the horn after removal and reinsertion of desired reed elements.
A further object of the invention is to provide a game call device that is different from previous game calls in that it allows a hunter to call different species of game and fowl with one call or to be able to generate two separate types of calls for the same species.
A further object of the present invention is to eliminate and obviate over the practice of hunters carrying more than one separate and distinct call to accomplish the objects and advantages of the present invention.
A further object of the present invention is to provide a sound call device having two sound systems that may be used for calling similar species or different species of game, so that the call is operated by the hunter blowing on the top or open end of the game call, and air then enters into an inner air chamber which houses the two reed sound systems. In order to select the desired sound system to be used, an alternative sound system air exit hole is closed off, as desired, by the use of the operators finger.
A further object of the present invention is found in providing a sound means which may be regulated by partially closing the terminating passageway of the sound system which is being used. Thus, an important element of the design and construction of the present invention is in the use of a frictional seal formed by an O-ring fitting within an annular channel so as to seal a keg portion containing thesound system from the main body of the call which is formed of a barrel-shaped element.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING The above and other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparant upon full consideration of the following detailed description and accompanying drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a top view of the game calling device according to a preferred and best mode of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a similar view showing the larger or barrel portion in cross sectional view of the view shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged view of the keg elements of the device according to the embodiment showing a cross sectional view thereof with the barrel portion shown in partial broken away view.
FIG. 4 is a further cross sectional view of the keg element of the calling device in which the reed elements are shown removed.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION Referring now to the drawings there is shown a game calling device 10 useful for calling sounds to geese, ducks, or other type fowl, comprising a barrel-configured member 12 having a mouthpiece 14, a hollow chamber or passageway 16 extending throughout its length, and having an opening 18 at its other end as shown in FIG. 2. In fixed and frictional engagement with the opening 18 is a keg-contoured member 20 having upper recessed surface 22 in mating engagement and interfitting with the opening 18 of the hollow barrel-configured member 12. At the lower end of the keg-contoured member 20 are at least two surfaces adjoining each other and forming surfaces 24, 26. Passing through the keg-contoured :member 20 are a pair of longitudinally, non-axially essentially cylindrically shaped openings 30,32 extending from the air chamber 16 and terminating as shown in openings 34,36. These passages or openings 30,32 are generally linear, but the one passage or opening 34 has a turn in it so that it terminates upon the surface 24. The surface 24 is shown as having an approximate surface angle of 35 normal to the axis of the keg-contoured member 20 as shown in FIG. 4.
There are disposed within the passages or openings 30,32 respective vibrating reed elements 40,42 disposed therein or bottomed on a flanged surface portion 46,48, respectively, as particularly shown in FIG. 4 so that the reed elements will not pass through the passageway to or through the terminating opening in the truncated surfaces 24,26.
The keg-contoured member 20 has disposed at its upper end a recessed flanged portion 50 co-axially disposed about the axis of the keg-contoured member 20 so that it interfits in mating relation with the opening 18 of the barrel-configured member 12 as described above. There is disposed about the outer surface of the flanged surface 50 an annular groove 54, An O-ring 56 may be provided to rest and be secured elastomerically or by the normal resilience of the O-ring within the annular groove 54 to provide a friction fit or joint and for sealing the air chamber from escapage of air at this joint rather than it passing through from the air chamber 16 to the outside.
The vibrating reed element 46 is adjusted longitudinally within its cylindrical passageway 32 modifying the sound thereof and is held in place by a set screw 62 disposed in the wall of the passageway 32 to secure the vibrating reed element in place after such adjustment.
For calling ducks, the apparatus of the present invention may be used for duck calling when there are some in range of the sound of the device so that for ducks and mallards a typical hail call would go in the following sequence: QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK, pause three seconds, then quack quack, then repeat QUACK QUACK QUACK. When a duck is within 150 yards, then the operator should switch to a feed call. The feed call is a chattering type call produced with a tuck-a, tuck-a, tuck-a, tuck-a sound. The feed call requires. precise breath control and it is therefore more difficult to master. By appropriate operation and use of the call device, it is possible to blow feed calls, highball calls or hail calls. Hails require a stiff reed in the reed vibrating movement to produce a loud tone. For goose calling, a more critical device and function of the apparatus is required than for duck calling. In most cases the hunter will have to call the geese in within range while the hunter may sometimes be able to shoot ducks without having to call them in. The procedure for calling geese is to produce sounds that sound like several geese, and this requires the operator to blow two slightly different tones or the calls of different species of geese without the fumbling of handling several calling devices. Often it has been found that by using three or so reeds as vibrating elements, one may be able to produce the din of six or more geese and is also best used with this verbal call and plurality call device seem to confirm the effectiveness of the present invention.
Additional embodiments of the invention in this specification will occur to others and therefore it is intended that the scope of the invention be limited only by the appended claims and not by the embodiment(s) described hereinabove. Accordingly, reference should be made to the following claims in determining the full scope of the invention.
What is claimed is:
l. A game calling device comprising a hollow-barrelconfigured member having an opening at one end thereof and a mouthpiece at the other end thereof, an air chamber disposed within the hollow-barrel-configured member extending from said mouthpiece to and contiguous with said opening, a keg-contoured member having at one end a mating surface interfitting with said opening of the hollow-barrel-configured member and having a truncated portion forming at least two surfaces at the other end, a pair of nonaxial essentially cylindrically shaped openings at said mating surface and communicating with respective passages which extend to and terminate each in a respective one of said surfaces of the truncated portion, a vibrating reed element mounted in each of the cylindrically shaped openings at the mating surface, sealing and securing means comprising an elastomeric O-ring fitted within an annular groove in the mating surface for forming an air-tight seal between the hollow-barrelconfigured member and the key-contoured member and for securing them together, the vibrating reed elements comprising portions of two distinct sound systems for calling different species of game fowls, the two surfaces of the truncated portion of said keg-contoured member being selected to allow an operators hand to conform to the contour of the device so that alternatively the operators fingers may completely or partially close off one or the other of the passages, at least one of the vibrating reed elements being adjustably positioned longitudinally within its cylindrical shaped opening for modifying sound, and a set-screw being disposed in the wall of the passageway of the cylindrical shaped opening to secure the vibrating reed element in place.