It’s amazing how far ice fishing tactics and gear have come in a relatively short amount of time. Just think about how we get through the ice in the first place, for example. The days of using a spoon auger to drill holes have long been replaced thanks to the advent of lightweight, electric augers. But even the latest and greatest tools and gear are susceptible to damage, because let’s face it—ice anglers are known to brave some of the nastiest conditions if there’s even a remote chance of drawing a tight line on a fish. If I fished through fifty more hardwater seasons, I will always remember looking back from my ATV to see my buddy’s shack flip over and rip in two, and the wind stringing out all of his gear, fish, and bait for what seemed like a mile. Since then, I’ve always felt the best way to outlast Mother Nature on frozen water is to take care of my gear, whether that’s while transporting it on the ice, or placing it in offseason storage. That said, here are a few simple hacks I’ve learned over the years that will allow you to provide the best ice-fishing gear protection for little to no cost.