by: Jason Matzinger
The Spring of 2016 here in Montana started off a little further ahead than many years that I have hunted here in the past. Snow lines had already made their way halfway up the slope of the Bridger Mountains right outside of my hometown of Bozeman which meant I was going to have to hunt in the higher elevations earlier than normal. When hunting bears in the spring, I often hunt along the snow lines because it offers the bears the best of both worlds. Open hillsides filled with fresh chutes of green grass and water, yet a cool, damp place to spend during the heat of the day. My plan was to concentrate my efforts to the first month of the season, mainly, because I prefer to hunt bears early when their available food sources are so few and far between because of the remaining snow, and secondly because I was going to be traveling for the better part of May and June.
The first couple of days I decided to be patient and cover as much country as possible with my spotting scope in hopes of turning up a couple of different bears to hunt. … READ MORE >