STATEWIDE - The year 2016 may be nearly open us, but not before the hunting season comes to an end for 2015.
Monday marked the beginning of Muzzleloader season for deer hunters all across Maine. The season will be open across the state for a week, before being restricted to 14 individual districts next week.
The two-week season is viewed as an opportunity for Mainers who may have been unable to bring home a deer to get a chance to do so. However, if they plan on it, they'll have to be quick.
"You have one shot," Rick Lozier, store manager at Van Raymonds in Brewer, said. "Someone who is quite proficient can reload it fairly quickly but if they missed on the first one, they're probably not quick enough to get a second one at the same deer."
Van Raymonds said Monday was like "Black Monday" for the store, as hunters from all across the area made sure to get in early and purchase their gun. The muzzleloaders range in price range from around $260 to up to $800.
Still, Lozier believes it is worth it for people to invest in the gun, even if for a short period of time.
"It's a matter of want," he said. "They want to stay out hunting. They like being out in the woods. And some people prefer the colder weather that we'll have these first weeks of December. Maine folks are used to hunting in cold weather."