My uncle owns a lot of open land outside of Houston and he is having problems with varmints (sp?) and rabbits eating up his crops that he is trying to grow. He has given me the permission to go and shoot anything that has four legs to help him rid of the varmints. I have never hunted before so I wanted get some recommendations on rifles and a scope for small game. Also, I need pointers on rules and regulations for hunting small game on private property (ie licenses, times, etc.). Much help is really appreciated. EDIT: The varmints that are avilable on the property is rabbit, squirrels, prarie dogs, and deer. The land is pretty clear with a few trees and bush here and there. Visibilty is good. I am new to hunting but not new to shooting.