by Steve Hickoff
If you're a hardcore waterfowl hunter, taking care of your decoys, gun, calls and, most important, your all-terrain vehicle is a necessity. Here are 10 tips for getting the most out of your ATV investment before, during and after the season.
- Keep that battery charged and store it in a place with moderate temperatures. Maine waterfowlers and Mississippi duck hunters face different challenges and should respond accordingly.
- During downtime, store your ATV in a storage shed or garage to protect it from dust and moisture. Most of all keeping it out of the elements – it's exposed to this enough during the season.
- Remember that used oil is your ATV's enemy. Change oil when recommended, along with installing a new filter. Another helpful tip is to allow your engine to run for a little while after you do your maintenance. Your ATV will purr at you for it.
- Check all larger hardware parts on your four-wheeled machine slowly and surely. Does anything need to be replaced? Be methodical, like a doctor giving a patient an exam.
- Inspect smaller essentials such as the lights, switches, brake levers and especially the spark plug.