I thought I was the only one to figure that out... I upgraded the bowline to a steel rigging carabineer...When setting a line over a limb using a pole, I tie a bowline on the end and an alpine butterfly a foot or two away. Lift it over the limb with the butterfly, then pull down on the bowline to set it.
Yeah, I balked at buying one so I whittled out a foundry pattern and cast up one in aluminium, using melted down bicycle parts and such. Will try to get some photos and/or video soon. Works great and is very light weight.The stainless steel Happy Hooker is about $710 for those that are curious. The smaller, plastic one is about $75 and looks pretty cheesy.