I went on my first guided hunt this past August for Black Bear in Northeast Washington. It was spot & stalk since WA no longer allows baiting or using hounds and I prefer the spot & stalk method anyway. I had been practicing at about 200 yards with my Savage 300 WSM and was very comfortable out to 300 yds. During the 5 day hunt we saw 3 different bears on 4 different occasions. On the first afternoon we saw one out near 450 yards; however it slipped away through the thickets and disappeared before we could move closer. The second bear saw us before we saw it and it was moving fast by the time we spotted him. The next day we returned to Mystified Mountain (think this was the name) and saw the bear once again, this time walking along foraging on huckleberries. On this hunt I was expecting a 100 to 300 yd shot with a little time to set up, but this bear was only 45 yds and walking towards the brush, it was also up a fairly steep hill. At this range the bear filled my scope and I had no rest, my bipod made it worse by throwing off the balance on this freehand shot. I fired and missed a few inches over the bears back, he was gone in a flash. The final day we saw the @$$ end of a cinnamon colored bear, two moose and some mule deer but no more shots. I guess all the factors I mentioned along with a fair amount of “bear fever” could only lead to one thing. Although I didn’t get a bear the trip out west was my first and still a great experience.