Eastern NC holds a TON of bear. It is not unlikely to see 4 or 5 in a single afternoon of hunting. The best county for bear is definetely Hyde county. You can still hunt or dog hunt, but remember - baiting is illegal!
I am not sure if bear hunting is allowed on Van Swamp state game lands, but I used to hunt that area 5 or 6 years ago before it became state lands, my father and myself killed several nice bears there. It is located near Plymouth in Washington County.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...