It's bear hunting, something that I'm not interested in doing, if that's what you want to hunt then I wish you luck and have a great time, it's just not for me. The idea of hunting them over bait never seemed "fair", but then you see the areas that the critters are in and your going to need something a lot stronger than luck to find one and dogs would seem to be a good choice.
I would like to go and see them in the wild again and get some photos. Seen them on tv in Canada and AK at the salmon runs, saw a couple when I was in AZ or NM, it was right before we went down into White Sands, NM(those 14 states in 18 days sort of all run together) they were in the high hills. You could see were they had tried to get into the steel trash bins. Left some impressive gouges.
We have a few in the far southern end of AL, berry bears all in the less than 200 size and there is no season for them.