It's that time of year when deer are out and about and are approaching Maine's roadways to get at the salt.

State transportation and wildlife officials are telling drivers to be careful because of a rebound in the deer population and the fact it’s mating season.

According to a state biologist, almost one third of the Maine's deer died during the 2008-2009 winter, but the population has bounced back to about 200,000.

November is also when deer are mating and on the move.

Drivers should proceed with caution in areas with deer crossing signs, use high beams when possible and be aware of their surroundings.

The number of vehicle collisions involving deer is 2,600 to 3,000 a year. So drive safe when you're out and about!