Starting off with the right gun can ensure both success and a lifetime of hunting enjoyment.
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Think “youth gun,” and images of air guns or rimfires instantly pop into mind. But whereas just a generation ago, upstarts were introduced to the woods via the pursuit of small game, today’s young hunters are taking their first shots at America’s most abundant and popular big-game species—the whitetail deer. For that task, young shooters are going to need a firearm that not only fits their smaller stature, but is also accurate, is easy to shoot and packs some punch—but not so much that it scares them from pulling a trigger again. Following are five great options for the young hunter in your house.