We are happy and excited to announce the newest addition to the Hobo Hanky line, the blaze orange Hunter Hanky. :-)
The Hunter Hanky is the same size as the original Hobo Hanky and is made from the same 100% long fiber cotton as the original. The only difference is that the Hunter Hanky is dyed a brilliant Blaze Orange. That makes it the perfect accessory for hunters, a must-have for every glove box and emergency kit, and a mandatory piece of safety equipment for fireman, police, first responders, road crews, or anyone who needs high visibility.
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If you are a hunter, your Hobo Hanky can be very useful in a number of ways, including carrying gear such as decoys, providing warmth as a head wrap or neck scarf, and providing camouflage.
It turns out that the Hobo Hanky is the perfect size, color, and material to make a super portable and handy hunting blind, or a pocket blind.
A place to sit and your weapon of choice and you're in business!
As you can see, at 42 inches by 42 inches square, the Hobo Hanky is big enough to hide behind when stretched between supports. Three inch blanket pin: one of the handiest items to keep in your pocket or pack.
I like to look for two trees or small saplings that are spaced about 3 to 4 feet apart to attach the pocket blind between. You can use blanket pins (as shown), or thumb tacks, or even pieces of sharp wire to secure the Hanky to its supports. I use 3" blanket pins because, unlike nails or thumb tacks, they can be safely carried in my pocket when fully closed, and because they come in handy for so many other uses. I usually carry 4 of them in my coat pocket just in case.
Note that you can also tie the ends of the Hanky to small branches to secure the sides of the pocket blind, as shown above on the right.
Or if you can't find saplings spaced just right, you can knot the corners and then tie lengths of string or paracord to the corners. This will allow you to stretch the Hanky between supports that are spaced too far apart, and gives you a lot more flexibility in where you can set up your pocket blind.
Once behind your impromptu pocket blind, the natural camo pattern allows it to blend in to the woodland to hide your movements from sharp eyes. But at the same time the lightweight cotton fabric allows you to see through it so you can stay hidden behind it and not have to peek your head up or around to see what's going on and give away your position.
The best part of the pocket blind is that it fits in your pocket!
On the left, two pocket blinds have been set up so the hunter is hidden from two directions.
The right hand photo shows the pocket blind in a pocket! The beauty of this rig is that it sets up and takes down in just about minute so you can hunt a location on the spur of the moment, and then move to another location just as quickly as circumstances dictate. For instance, if the wind shifts or a front moves through you can adapt to circumstances on a minutes notice and not be constrained.
Warmth, protection, camouflage.
Gather your materials. You'll need a Hobo Hanky, or a large kerchief at least 36 inches square. You'll also need a good stout stick about an inch or two in diameter and anywhere from 4 to 6 feet long. You can use your favorite walking stick, a sawn off branch, or even an old broomstick.
Put your worldly goods in a heap in the middle of the hanky. Remember the basics like warm socks, some snacks, and a good book.
Tie diagonal corners together using a simple overhand knot. After tying the 2 knots there should be plenty of extra hanky left over.
Lay your stick across the middle of the bindle, where the 2 knots meet.
Tie the extra ends together using a square knot.
Hoist the stick on to your shoulder and make sure the bindle is well balanced and secure to the stick.
Quit your job, develop a taste for beans and cheap hooch, and become a gentleman of the road!