One of Maine's most popular hunting seasons is getting started as hunters in the northern reaches of the state start seeking out moose.
The moose hunt is under way in Aroostook County and the six day session will end on Oct. 3. Three other sessions are scheduled for other parts of the state in October and November.
There is also a Maine "resident only" day in a limited part of the state on Oct. 31. Ben LeBlanc of Ben's trading post says what hunters can do to speed up the process of getting their moose inspected.
"Have their license ready, have their permit ready, and have a plan for after you kill your moose to get it taken care of because it is warm out there. It doesn't take long to spoil in this weather," said LeBlanc.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife issued 2,740 moose permits this year. That is the fewest in 12 years. Biologists say parasites such as winter ticks are a threat to northern New England's moose herd.