AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's season for hunting deer with muzzleloading firearms is about to begin.

The state has a special season for hunting deer with muzzleloaders. Muzzleloaders are firearms that are loaded from the gun barrel. They range from antiques to modern varieties, and are very popular with a subset of hunters.

It's legal to hunt deer with muzzleloaders all over the state from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2. It's also legal from Dec. 4 to Dec. 9, but that week is more restricted in terms of where it's legal to hunt. Hunters should check with authorities first.

The state's archery season for deer is still open in some parts of the state until Dec. 9, as well.