My AR is just like my brother's M4. So, I asked him if an AR was good for hunting deer and elk and he said, "I hunted humans. And humans are more elusive than deer or elk in that the sum biatches will shoot back and are hunting you too." I like mine especially for coyote hunting because of the extremely low recoil and return is fast with or without a scope. It doesn't hurt that if I should miss a coyote, I have another 29 chances to make it right.