OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Saturday marked the beginning of the regular season for Deer hunters in Maine. Many of them attending Old Town Rotary's 63rd Annual Hunter's Breakfast.
Around 600 hunter's lined up to get their share of good food at the breakfast that went from 4am to 8am Saturday morning. Youth Day for hunters was October 26, with this Saturday marking the beginning of the firearm deer season for Residents. Nonresidents will have their chance starting November 4. The 63rd annual breakfast is considered the longest, continuously held Hunter's Breakfast east of the Mississippi River. Though the plates were big, and food delicious, it was the camaraderie that brought most of the hunter's out.
"You meet new people, but you see a lot of your old friends that you probably only see about once a year," said deer hunter, Wendell Stoddard.
According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, it's expected that hunter's this year will see a 20% increase from last years kills with the numbers expected to be well over 25,000. The firearm season for deer runs until November 30.