One more of Atcheson's picks is long-time Montana bear guide Billy Stockton of Stockton Outfitters, LSC. Stockton guides in southwestern Montana, where neither dogs nor bait are permitted. He uses glassing and stalking to take most of his bears, averaging 80 percent success on bears running from six to seven feet. The attraction of Stockton's hunts is that probably half of the bears he takes range in color from cinnamon to blond, and he calls in about 40 percent of those bears. Stockton imitates the distress call of an elk calf, and this attracts almost exclusively old boars. Most exciting, he says, is when a bear can be spotted ahead of calling, and then brought in. Stockton houses his hunters in his own lodge and charges $2,450 for a 2 x 1, five-day hunt and $2,950 for 1 x 1.
Finally, one of the most deluxe spring black bear hunting experiences I know of personally is aboard the 78-foot Alaskan Grandeur, a transoceanic yacht operated in Alaska's inside passage by Master Guide Jimmie Rosenbruch of Glacier Guides, Inc. Almost all of the bears Rosenbruch and his........(continued)