By Steve Hickoff
If you’re a hardcore waterfowler, taking care of your gear is a labor of love and necessity. Decoys. Guns. Calls. All-terrain vehicle. Here are 10 tips for getting the most out of your ATV investment before, during and after the season.
1) Keep that battery charged, and store it in a place with moderate temperatures. Maine waterfowlers and Mississippi duck hunters have different challenges. Respond accordingly.
2) Protect your ATV from dust and dirt on downtime. A storage cover will keep it dry but also shield it from moisture. Keep it in a storage shed if you can, or a garage—anywhere but out in the elements. You have it out there enough during the season.
3) Used oil will kill your engine if you let it. Offer the best treatment possible: Change the oil. Get a new filter. Run the engine a little right after to cycle it. Your ATV will purr at you for it.
4) Check all larger hardware parts on your four-wheeled machine slowly and surely. Does anything need replaced? Be methodical, like a doctor giving a patient an exam.
5) Clean moving parts, removing marsh mud, trail dirt, duck feathers, and retriever hair from them, and lubricate each one.