There are many different aspects that go into the preparation of a bear hunt and also a lot of it comes during the hunt, also. You will need to be ready to spend a long period of time waiting and watching patiently. Positioning yourself is very crucial. You want to be located in an area that allows you to view the variety of terrain you’re hunting in. You want to be positioned looking at and/either river valleys, open south-facing hillsides, tidal flats, and openings in thick areas.
Scent is also another huge issue that you want to be very cautious of because it can either ruin your hunt or it can put you in danger. You want to have alternate locations set up to use during wind shifts. If you move around too much during the hunt, you will move your scent around. Using a pop-up shelter or windbreaker is common among hunters.
Seeing bear from far away as possible is the key. You will want to use binoculars to locate bear movement or cover areas a bear might use. Bears like to lay around in areas that have bushes, logs, or rocks. So look around areas containing unusual looking items. A spotting scope is useful to decide if a bear is rubbed and estimate how big it might be. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to hunt, but bears may be active at any time.