I know guides that bear hunt up here in NW MT. Some of it is tough wilderness type slide chute hunting.The one problem with MT is that it does not produce many trophy size bears compared to Canada and AK type areas, but cost for hunt seems to reflect that. But if you have the bears and cost is competitive I think it would work.
Spot and stalk is popular here In Oregon, but we combine Cougar, Bear and Coyote all into one sport. We are opportunity vultures in the off seasons. It is also considered scouting with possible benefits. I cant imagine anyone from around here even paying gas money to do the same in a different state! - Heck on the average we wont pay to shoot something with its head stuck in a bait barrel either!.