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I spend most of my time scouting for black bears in Idaho, not hunting them. I seldom pull the trigger anymore, and have no intention of doing so unless it happens to be a new world record black bear (haven't seen any of 'em, and certainly won't in the State of Idaho), or a very unusual color phase. I have seen a few of those. But having had the opportunity to do some scouting in northwestern Montana, I'm beginning to wonder which state is the "lesser of two evils" for spring black bear hunters. Clearly Montana appears to be "standing room only" for hunters (road hunters included), and campers with Idaho marginally less so. But Idaho appears to have a slight lead IMHO, due to its' reduced tag fee units. With a success rate in both states hovering around 5% (if you exclude success rates for Idaho's hound, and bait hunters), a realistic, and sane nonresident black bear hunter will ultimately come to the realization that if you're going to "book" what will in all probability (95%) be little more than a sighting seeing tour, it's always prudent to purchase the least expensive tour available. After all, you can pocket the savings, and spend it on new hunting gear for next year's unsuccessful Idaho or Montana spring bear hunt (remember, it's a 95% probability). ..... The award goes to Idaho....
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