PORTLAND (AP) â?? Maine’s annual moose hunting season is set to begin in a week.

The moose hunt starts Sept. 22 in eight of the state’s 29 wildlife management districts. The districts are all in far northern and northeastern Maine. More management districts open up Oct. 13, and others on Nov. 3. The hunt closes Nov. 29, with a Maine “resident only” day set for Nov. 1.

Moose hunting is by permit only. The state’s annual moose permit lottery took place in June. The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is granting 3,095 permit this year, with 10 percent going to nonresidents. More than 53,500 people applied.

The number of available permits was reduced from 4,085 because of the impact of ticks on the moose population.

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