For a "newbie", I would NOT recommend the semi-auto version primarily due to needing to learn what I call rifle marksmanship basics - safety, breathing control, etc. Go with a bolt action - less moving parts, better overall reliability, highly stable shooting platform, etc.
I have two Remington rifles, both are semi-auto, both of them either as old or older than I am. Both were purchased new by my grandfather and I inherited them. Model 81 in .300 Savage and Model 740 in .244/6mm Remington. I recommended the bolt action over the semi-auto because I've been around firearms most of my life. I learned safety and breathing control from my grandfather. It was reinforced with a 20 yr career in the military. I have several bolt action rifles and am using one of those this season as my 'preferred' choice. Last year I think it was the Model 81 . . . or was that the year before??? (Have CRS syndrome - y'all know what I'm talking about . . . . Can't Remember Shhhtuff)
But like others have said, this is a personal choice. I think the first rifle I bought for deer was a Marlin 336C in .30/30. The multiple safety options with half-cock, hammer forward, button safety, etc. makes it a very safe to carry, but that is also only as good as the person carrying it. I trained both my son's first on the Marlin primarily due to its many safety features. They've moved on to bolt action models in .270, but that's another story.
Please let us know what your final choice is . . . . pictures would be nice. <grin>