Re: What to look for in a bear guide?
Go to the page with the various forums listed, and there will be one listed for LRH group hunts. Follow that down a bit and there is a spot and stalk group bear hunt. Wyoming, horseback, $4000. Was full, someone dropped, unclear if that spot filled.
Some good hunts out there depending on how far you want to go. Bait, hounds, glassing all factor in, some of the vessel based BC, and Alaskan hunts can get up to $10,000, but can be significantly cheaper if the captain is just running the boat. Meaning a bear is spotted you take a small boat to shore, and handle it yourself.
Some places adding a second bear is also possible. Some times it's an easy add on (trophy fee), and it's cost effective to book another species as primary, and the bear as you see one.
The times I've been in BC seeing 6-10 bears a day just driving the roads is common. Babine Guide and Outfitters is a place I'm familiar with. Smithers, BC. Has a Facebook page and website. I just heard they have some spring openings. Upper edge of cost, but first class all around. Good Luck!