If you’ve done your scouting, it’s not hard to figure out a plan of attack for the opener. We set up on a trail or crossing just off the hottest food at first and last light. During the day, we move fast between the best areas, and super-slow once we arrive at them, always into the wind. Power lines, logging roads, abandoned rail lines, and old clear-cuts all make good spots to wait out bears. They favor low areas, like a saddle in a ridgeline or a dip in a logging road. Bears tend to walk along waterlines too, skirting the edge of a swamp, river, or creek. Last year I sat a clearing along a swamp edge on the north side of a berry patch. A bear came through at last light, and I took him with a .308 at 33 yards.