Females are taking up hunting and fishing in record numbers, but outdoorswomen are nothing new. Women have graced the covers of Field & Stream since its earliest days, and were often depicted as equal and competent companions. Among them were angry mothers, backwoods hunters, gloating lovers, and even a mermaid (no comment). The role of women changed in the mid-20th century, however, as men went off to and returned from war. Women remained on the covers, but in the magazine's pages, they were seldom taken seriously.