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Advice on Spring Black Bear

Hi! I have been reading this forum for a while, but this is my first post!

I am from Finland and have never hunted in the States. A friend and I are planning a spot and stalk bear hunt for next spring. We are both keen hunters and backpackers and the Rockies seem as a great place to do a do it yourself hunting trip. I was hoping to get some advice on where to go and how to arrange the trip here. Would really appreciate any help!

We will arrive by plane and would therefore need to either rent a vehicle or have someone pick us up and then drop us off at a good location. Can anyone offer an estimate on how much it would cost to hire someone to drop us off/pick us up at a good trail end or alternatively take us to a drop camp by horse? Who offers such services. Most outfitters that I find on the web seem to concentrate on fully guided hunts.

We are young and try to stick to a limited budget. The main goal is to have an outdoors adventure while we still have time. 2 weeks or even more would be the timeframe. If we manage to bag a bear that would of course be a great bonus!

Now I have looked at especially Montana (where I have understood that bear tags are OTC, even for non res), but also Idaho seems interesting.. Any ideas or suggestions on specific locations?

Thank you in advance!


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