Snowmobile enthusiasts will have a chance to explore some new territory the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 2, during the New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend.

All snowmobiles legally registered in New Hampshire will be able to operate in Vermont and Maine during the reciprocal weekend, and vice-versa.

Over the last two seasons, this reciprocal opportunity has proven to be one of the busiest snowmobile weekends of the entire season.

For information on snowmobiling in New Hampshire, visit the N.H. Snowmobile Association at nhsa.com. For information on snowmobiling in Vermont, visit vtvast.org. For Maine, visit maine.gov. Follow the prompts in all cases.

According to the folks at On the Water Magazine, two men face nearly a million dollars in fines after they were caught poaching hundreds of pounds of striped bass on the Patapsco River in Maryland. The pair face fines in excess of $400,000 based on a maximum fine of $2,500 per fish, for exceeding their daily harvest by 532 pounds.

Striped bass poaching has been a recurring problem in Maryland. An eight-year sting investigation by federal and state agencies that ended in 2010 led to the conviction of 19 men for poaching and selling 1.6 million pounds of striped bass on the black market. The next year, state Natural Resources Police found more than 13 million pounds of striped bass in poachers' nets.

Maryland has been criticized by recreational fishing groups for increasing the allowable catch of striped bass in the Chesapeake Bay in 2014, despite troubling trends in the striper population.

The Townsend Rod and Gun Club on Emery Road in Townsend will host an Ice fishing derby on Jan. 26 from 7-2. The club doors will open early for registration and hole cutting. Breakfast and lunch will be available. This is a BYOB (bring your own bait) event. Cost is $15 and $10 for juniors...

The Stony Brook Fish and Game Club in Westford will hold an ice fishing derby on Feb. 8 from 7-2 with an entry fee of $15. Trout of all sizes will be stocked for this event. Prizes will be awarded...

You might think the rain washed away a great deal of the ice but a flash freeze that followed took care of any melt. Ice in most areas is at least 3 inches and one angler I spoke with said he found 7 inches of solid black ice. This does not mean you should not be cautious, because you should...

Hard water anglers wanting to try out their gear might try a few of these places: Horn Pond for trout, perch and salmon; Walden Pond for trout; Baddacook Pond for trout, salmon, pickerel and panfish; Mascuppic for largemouth bass and perch; Lake Attitash for pike; Martins Pond for pickerel and perch...

Deer hunters did very well at Quabbin this year. The hunt to help keep the deer numbers in check that has been on going now for 10-plus years has been a great success. Where once the deer herd was 60 deer per square mile those numbers are now at 15 per square mile...

Dennis Gearin of Chelmsford had a great deer season, taking three deer: a 130-pound spike with a bow, a 140-pound 5-pointer with a shotgun and a 100-pound button buck with a muzzleloader.

Bill Biswanger's email is bboutdoor1@aol.com