Five-gallon buckets are standard equipment for many ice fishermen. You can use them to carry equipment to the lake, to hold fish, to sit on . . . and to save your life, according to 78-year-old Harry Wantulok. The Cody, Wyoming, ice fisherman used his plastic pail to steady himself and eventually move to safety when sudden high winds separated the frozen surface beneath his feet from the main body of ice and pushed him toward open water. “That bucket was my anchor,” said Wantulok. “Without that bucket I would have been blown into the water. I probably wouldn’t be here now.”