Hunting: Depends on what you are hunting. Others here will inform you on that.
Hunting, Concealing, Backpacking, Fun at the range: You may be asking too much of one gun.
As far as recoil, the heavier the gun, the less recoil. S&W airweight guns with short barrels are not fun to shoot. However, the steel framed guns can be fun to shoot.
You may have to travel out of town to find a range that rents guns. But the trip will be worth the investment.