There was a time when hunting was looked upon as a purely male activity, whether it was for food or sport. However, that image is changing in the state as more women are taking to the fields and forests. \"Concern about food sources, escape from stressful daily lives, and the thrill of the hunt\" are among reasons given. Statistics from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission indicate that during the last five years hunting licenses issued to women have increased to 22,000 in 2013 from under 16,000 in 2009. Four women, all young, avid, expert hunters, relate their experiences.