Dale.... I'd say both... I came accross 3 bear hutning elk last year in the FALL, ALL were "SHOOTERS". The spring they are moving a bit more in search of food though I believe. Flip a coin, call we when ya come
Isn't one season or another supposed to be better because their pelts are in better shape? I started to say it would be spring because they've been laid up all winter, but then they're half-starved and hungry so maybe not. Maybe it's the fall when they're stocking up for winter. See, I had absolutely nothing to add to this discussion.
Spring time usually has a better hides, before they start rubbing. I like late fall when the weather is colder and the bears are fatter, plus none of that "down hair" like what you find alot on the spring bears. I think hunting them in the spring is much easier.
I'm sure the seasons are the same down there as up here.
The nonresident deer tag now can be used to kill either a deer, a bear, or a mountain lion, and if you use it, and still want to hunt more, you can even buy a second nonresident deer tag. (that was in last years hunting regulations, I just found it highlighted when I was checking on the spring hunt seasons)
This deal is good for the entire state as far as I know. There are also areas were you can shoot two bears on a tag, but I'm not familiar with which ones or the country there in.
Jason, I hope there are some bears left in the area by the time you get to the Selway. I understand two pro bear hunters are going in right before you. I will leave you a beer at the end of the runway, under a rock so the bears won't find it.
"coors light" should do the trick!
Good Luck Jason