MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont's archery deer hunting season is underway.

The bow season opened on Saturday and runs through Oct. 27.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says hunters should be upbeat about their chances of getting a deer this year. A state biologist says the state's deer have benefited from two relatively mild winters in a row. He says that combined with a healthy population means the deer herd is expected to have grown in some areas of the state.

Hunters can take up to three deer a year in a combination of hunting seasons from archery to muzzleloader periods. Only one buck is allowed per season.

Rifle season begins next month on Nov. 16.