Don't hunt bears, but if I did, probably a 30 30 using 170 grain CL bullets, or a 444 loaded with 270 grain Speer Deep Curls, in close cover brush. Or a 30 06 in open country using 165 grain Speer Grand Slams. I live in South Texas, we don't have bears down hear though. In all honesty, If I am going to pay big money to go out of state on a big game hunt, it wouldn't be for a bear. I'd rather spend my money on a good moose or elk hunt. But, I will say, that is some beautiful country.