I live in Butte. This will be my first bear season too. I have a buddy in Livingston and he says he's taken a bear south of town the last 3 springs. I'm planning to hunt with him some. Closer to home, though, some folks that do a lot of horn hunting have told me some places where they consistently see bears in the spring feeding on winter kill.
I'm planning to keep a predator call with me while hunting. I used to do a lot of pred hunting in Texas. Maybe I can get a bear to come to a rabbit in distress call.
I'm real excited about bear season too.