Hey HickChic, and welcome to the forum, this place is AWESOME. You are at the right place for deer hunting. There's alot of experience from just about all over the country here. Well for starters for your height and weight I would shy away from a 30-06. Maybe a .223, .243, or even a .270 would suit you well. If any of your hunting buddies have those type of rifles give them a shot you never know. Heck, you may even say you want a 30-06, who knows. But you will get alot of input off of this post with some hefty info from others. There's my opinion, hope it helped you a little, GOOD LUCK.