Trevor Merckling, 14, with a nine-point buck shot Saturday during the opening day of the youth firearms season. It was his first successful hunt.

The number of deer killed during a weekend youth season jumped over last year, the Missouri Department of Conservation said Monday.

A total of 213 were killed by hunters, which is an increase of 60 from last year.

The breakdown: antlered bucks, 76; button bucks, 29; and does, 108.

The top three counties were: Osage, 318; Franklin, 295; and Callaway, 240.

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