I'm thinking about heading to the Selway-Bitterroot area for spring bear, probably during the second week of May. I'd like to do a self-supported wilderness hunt, backpacking in a few miles, then camping and hunting for 4-5 days.
Does anybody have tips on areas where I can drive my SUV close to a wilderness, then pack in and have a decent chance of finding a bear but not running into a bunch of other hunters? I'll be driving up from Utah. I've got snowshoes if needed, I'm in good physical condition, and I'm willing to work hard for my hunting. The one thing I don't have is a lot of money to spend on an outfitter. I've heard that the area east of Nez Perce Pass is good, but I don't know if I could access it. Any tips would be appreciated!