When I first started ice fishing almost 30 years ago, I limped through a couple of seasons with a hand auger and then pooled cash with buddies to invest in a two-stroke, gas-powered ice drill. We felt like we had finally arrived as we pulled the rope—and pulled and pulled and pulled—until the auger roared to life, belching a cloud of blue smoke accompanied by the rumble of its internal combustion engine. Carrying a red container of mixed gas, and dealing with spills and smells on gear, clothes, and vehicles became the costs of doing business on the ice. With time, however, the hassle of the gas auger lost its appeal. Fortunately, modern ice anglers have two excellent alternatives to a gas drill.