As a deer hunter who not only bowhunts but also relishes taking the boom stick to the field, I love guns. And the best (and cheapest) way to improve your shooting skills is to use a rimfire or air rifle to practice. The cost of ammunition is way less and you don’t have to worry about bad habits forming or a sore shoulder developing like you would when popping off several hundred rounds of centerfire ammunition. Simply put, rimfires and air guns are the way to go when practicing — especially during the off-season.
Practice isn’t the only reason I’m writing about these guns, though. While rimfires are illegal to deer hunt with, some air rifles are rated high enough and deemed legal to deer hunt with. That said, check the hunting laws in your state before taking one afield. With that, one of the air rifles to make this list is rated for deer hunting and other big game animals. Find out what it is below.