Successful year for Maine deer hunters comes to an end

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The most successful deer hunt in Maine in more than a decade is coming to a close.

Saturday's the last day of the year for the Maine deer hunt. Hunting is only open to archers and muzzleloaders at this time of the year, and only in certain parts of the state. Hunters are advised to check the rules before hunting.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife says Maine hunters harvested more than 30,000 deer this year, and will likely top the 2004 total of nearly 31,000. Hunters killed more than 38,000 deer in 2002.

The state increased the number of hunting permits this year, in part because many deer survived over a moderate winter. The permits are used to help control the deer population.