I can not find any answers about bears hibernation habits. I'am hunting the Northfork of the Clearwater in North Central Idaho. The snow level was about 5000 feet, on april 1st which was the opening day. Between my partner and myself we have spent about 18 days in this area so far and have yet to see any sign. The deciduous plants have buddied and leaves are out, last tuesday we talked with a game officer who said he had one seen one bear and it was about 90 lbs. On the same tuesday the temp was around 70. I know there should still be snow patches down to 2500 feet at this time of year. But I don't understand the hibernation process. Shouldn't the bears be out.