Well, the wife goes hunting with me occasionally. I’ve been hunting whitetails 28 years and I have taken only one buck larger than the first deer she ever took sitting with me one morning in 98.Yes, she gets the coon scent sprayed on her as she is giving me the look.
I’ll use any name brand but I prefer Buck Stop Coon Scent. Actually I wash my camo at the beginning of each season and keep it in a large rubber tub during the season without washing it. By the end of the season I smell like an old boar coon because I spray myself everytime out.
I have a travel trailer I've named "The Kyotee Den" that stays at the lease where I keep all my gear except personal effect, rifle and optics, so my coon smell never comes home till the end of a 2 month season.
I’ve found http://www.bear-hunting.com/ which is Bear Hunting Magazine and subscribed to it. Also, you can go back and see what articles where in each past issue and you can purchase these issues. Of course most of the black bear articles were about baiting, but I did find a few articles about spot and stalk and calling blacks. The current issue has one about stalking Colorado blackies.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...