AUGUSTA – Maine archers are heading into the woods to participate in the state’s annual fall hunt for those who harvest deer with bow and arrow.

The archery season begins on Thursday and lasts until Oct. 28.

The firearms hunting season for deer follows the archery season and begins on Halloween. It lasts until Nov. 26.

There is also an “expanded archery season” that runs from Sept. 10 to Dec. 10. That season is centered around designated areas where the state says the deer herd can withstand more hunting.