The Hunting Guns Blog

Ruger No. 1 Sporter single-shot rifle

Youth Deer Guns, Setup No. 9

The graceful lines and compact, single-shot design, make the Ruger No. 1 Sporter a highly maneuverable and super-safe choice for a really special teen deer hunter.

Tikka T3 Lite rifle

Youth Deer Guns, Setup No. 8

Gunsmiths in Finland make some of the world's most accurate rifles, with the Tikka brand leading the way in those that are also economical.

Ruger Mini 30

Youth Deer Guns, Setup No. 7

Ruger's Mini 30 is not only a great physical fit for youth deer hunters, it's also a gun they can explore other shooting sports with.

Savage Model 11/111 Lady Hunter

Youth Deer Guns, Setup No. 6

Don't let this gun's girly label fool you. The Savage Model 11/111 has a lot to offer for any young shooter, male or female.

Harrington and Richardson Superlight Handi-Rifle Compact

Youth Deer Guns, Setup No. 5

The Harrington & Richardson Superlight Handi-Rifle Compact is a well-designed fit for the youngest hunters, as well as one that's simple and safe to use.

Browning ShortTrac-MID-031219-l

Youth Deer Guns, Setup No. 4

Youth Deer Gun, Setup No. 4--Not all deer will walk under your treestand and let you take a poke at 25 yards. Nope, those "other" deer, better known as the mule deer of the western plains, require a much different rig than their skittish cousins of the hardwoods.

Hornady LEVERevolution

Youth Deer Guns, Setup No. 3

Marlin 336W I started shooting late in life, my mid-20s, and went through some growing pains acquiring guns that were right for me. I missed a couple “rights of passage” guns along the way, including a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun and a Remington 870 pump. One gun I did not miss out on,...

Youth Deer Gun, Setup No. 2

Winchester Model 70 Featherweight Compact For every Ford owner there’s a Chevy owner, as there is Winchester to Remington. If you’re a fan of the Model 70 action and want your kids to follow in your footsteps, then the Model 70 Featherweight Compact is an optimum choice. I’ll be upfront, this gun isn’t on...

Remington's 770 Compact, .243 Winchester Youth

Youth Deer Gun, Setup No. 1

After taking a poll on Facebook about what my readers would like to see me tackling on this Gun Digest blog, I got a thorough weigh-in on the want for complete hunting setups—gun, ammo, optics and accessories. I also took a pulse on just exactly what types of setups everyone wanted to see, and...