Long story short, by October I’d talked with 20 moms-to-be who were taking their rifles into the woods that season. They ranged in age from 22 to 39, in profession from attorney to game warden, and in stage of pregnancy from first to third trimester. Their stories — which included that of an 8-month-pregnant Idaho woman hunting elk with a muzzleloader — had a lot of similarities. They were all passionate hunters, who weren’t going to let a pregnancy keep them home for an entire season. They were also responsible moms, who’d talked with their doctors about the advisability of hunting while pregnant, and the measures they should take to do so safely. A number of them expressed their belief that the fresh air and exercise they got through hunting was of great benefit to their babies, and many reported feeling the fetus move more when they were sitting quietly in a tree stand than at any other time.