Re: Long wait for the spring bear hunt.......
One of the great things about bears is they can be encountered so many ways. This means we get to have a firearm from, inside the tent (44 special) to at range in the alpine berry fields (338 RUM), hounds (Ruger 44 semi auto) easy to carry makes it more likely to make it to the tree, can reach to the top of the tallest tree equipped with a low powered scope can pick its way through the holes if need be, and really handy if they bay up on the ground. Bait sets I like my 375 H&H or anything that punches a good hole through both sides. Predator calling a light weight 30-06 with good low power scopes and 220 grain bullets is what I've carried, I haven't succeeded yet so I can't swear to that one yet. Your 300 magnum is also a respectable candidate for an all around choice.