In this Aug. 24, 2018 file photo, a male deer peaks out from behind brush near Bar Harbor, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s deer hunt is getting started with a special archery season in designated areas.

The state’s “expanded archery” season started Saturday. The season runs through Dec. 14 and allows hunters to take deer in densely populated areas. The state designates the areas around the state near cities such as Portland, Augusta, Lewiston and Bangor.

Archers are advised to check local and state laws before hunting.

The regular archery season begins Oct. 5, and it’s followed by the firearms season, which starts Nov. 4. There’s also a season for people who hunt deer using muzzleloaders.