Re: Black Bear Hunting
bear meat is delicious, it's like very lean beef or buffalo. I've had my tags for the two seasons now, never shot one yet as my dad never did bear season. Here in WA the season starts either 1 or 15 Aug depending on area and runs thru the end of elk season (mid Nov). Lots of time to try and fill your tag, you can even get a second bear each year if you get the spring hunt as well.
Remember to shoot lower than you would on a deer, the heart and lungs are further south than a deer or elk. Or head shoot if you can. A good .30 is adequate, .308/.30-06 or the .300 mags are ideal I think. I'm using .308 with Nosler ballistic tips (165gn), 180gn would be a good choice for a bolt gun.
They don't move around much when it's warm out. They like to scratch trees, look for that and of course tracks and doo-doo.
I kicked one up last season during dear (before I went and got a tag), it roared at me (surprised it, walked up within about 50 feet!) which surprised the hell outta me! I was glad I had the trusty M1A ready to go but it scrambled away and kept roaring at me.
Best technique is baiting but it's illegal many places. I get up high where I can see and it's a bit open and glass the hillsides; spot and stalk or spot and snipe are the most effective.
"Loud noises don't end gunfights.... well placed shots do."