Hunting with the kids is one of the most rewarding experiences in the outdoors. Not only do the kids get to appreciate the outdoors but passing down the craft of hunting is more important than ever. But if a child is scared of the rifle they are shooting it can turn a fun hunt into a scary outing for them. So finding the right rifle that fits the child is important. Here are some tips and tricks for finding the right deer hunting rifle for a youth hunter.
The first thing a hunter going out with youth needs to take into account is the recoil of a rifle will affect the shot taken by a youth hunter. So finding a rifle with lighter recoil is always better when taking out a youth hunter for the first or fifth trip. When looking for a rifle for hunting deer a good sized cartridge is required but choosing the right cartridge for the youth is key to a successful hunt. A good round to use for this is the .243 Winchester. Since this round is compatible with just about every youth hunting rifle, and is a lighter round, it is perfect for a youth hunter. A good rifle in the .243 Winchester is the Remington® Model 700™ SPS™ Youth Rifle. This rifle is lighter and easier to use than other rifles making it great for a youth hunter who is just starting out and needs a light but accurate rifle for the tree stand. Another good rifle for the youth hunter is the Savage 11 FYXP3.243 WIN Youth Rifle with Scope, this scoped rifle is rugged and good for the youth who likes to be out in the thick of the hunting action. The entire rifle was built with youth hunting in mind, from the Accu-Trigger to the scope, everything was meant for the size and use of a youth hunter. There is one last rifle that is good for those younger children that would like to be out hunting, but are on a budget, and that is the Remington® 243 Whitetail Pro® Model 770 Rifle/Scope Youth Combo. This rifle is one of the best for the money, while still being built for a youth hunter and retaining the accuracy of an adult rifle.
Now once the kids have grown a little there are other rifles that can be used, once they grow out of their youth models. Once the youth has grown a bit they can handle a larger cartridge so the options open up for what type of rifle can be used, and a lot of choosing the hunting rifle goes to preference. This being said here are some good first solo-hunting rifles. The top of the list is the Remington® Model 700™ CDL Rifle, since this rifle comes in the larger .270 and 30-06 it is great for those youth hunters who are a little older but wanting a good rifle that will not only last but is versatile enough for just about every large game hunt imaginable. Another good rifle for the older youth would have to be the Savage® Axis XP Rifle Combo, for a youth wanting to hunt both big and smaller game this rifle is perfect with a wide range of calibers while still being light enough for a youth deer hunter to get into a tree stand with ease.
Now that the rifle has been chosen for the youth hunter it is time to get out to the range and sight in the rifle they will be using for deer season. It is important to allow the child that will be hunting to have some say in the sighting in of the rifle and even to shoot the rifle while at the range sighting it in. This will give the youth a feel for the rifle while also giving them a chance to get used to the scope and the recoil. Just letting the youth fire a complete grouping at the paper while at the range before a deer hunt will lead to higher confidence and increase the chances of a successful hunt! As always happy hunting and good luck!