Guys, I'm terribly sorry to report that the rambler was lost in an ice slide this morning. The river we were hunting went from docile and 95% open to a lava flow of giant ice chunks in less than 45 minutes. Many decoys were sunk, and the situation became very dangerous VERY quickly. Multiple guys tried for two hours to find the rambler with no luck before we were forced to put our personal safety above all else. When we set up at 6:30, the river was calm and all was well. We've hunted there under similar conditions several times with good success, and neither of the landowners I work with there has ever seen it ice over in several decades each. The changes to that water this morning is the craziest thing I've seen in my entire hunting career, it was truly startling just how quickly we went from having completely open water to dealing with floating ice chunks swallowing decoys like alligators.
I will of course offer to buy another decoy if he has one on the shelf, and for the time being send a regular plastic deek to the next guy in line, along with the box of goodies.
I will also go back as soon as we get any kind of thaw (could be a while) and search high and low for the original. The guy were were on owns several miles downstream from where we were set up, and I'll walk it many times as soon as possible in an effort to get it back.
This isn't a joke or prank, that ice flow --and the suddenness with which it developed-- is the craziest thing I've seen in the woods in quite a while, I didn't even realize that something like that was possible.
Again, I'm sorry, amd will do whatever I can to make this right. Wish I was joking, but definitely not.