The county in which I live has a really good bear population, one of the top three in Virginia.
My brother owns 58 acres of woods, with a two acre field (that he created) right in the middle. He keeps it planted in clovers and orchard grasses. The tract of land is surrounded by small wooded tracks and a large corn farm on the back line.
There is a pretty large bear that roams through the place a couple of times per week. We have been seeing it on the trail cams for the past 3 years.
Guess I have gotten soft, but I have found that I have no real interest in hunting that bear. Somehow, sitting in a stand, looking out on a little field, in the middle of the woods, with the sound of traffic not far away, and waiting to shoot a bear that wanders into the field, just doesn't do anything for me.
He would wander in, I would put the crosshairs on his shoulders and squeeze the trigger, and that would be it. So then what? I've got a medium size black bear, that I killed in a woodlot, and would have zero interest in eating it. (Almost everybody in this county just hauls the bear carcasses to the local dump.)
I would have to spend $300 for a shoulder mount, and it would hang in my basement. It would not impress my friends or family. And what hunting story would I have to tell? "Oh yea, I drove out to my brother's place, about 30 minutes away, sat in his deer stand next to his little field, and shot it. There's its head."