Its coming up real fast. What do you like to do when bear hunting? I've only gone twice with no "good" encounters. By good i mean a bear with no cubs. I usually hunt down at the grants pass area as i go there around the same time for silver grey squirrels and band tailed pidgeons. Might sound dumb but i carry a marlin 336 chambered in 35 rem. its a nice gun and i love lever action. already got a deer with this gun and it was handed down to me. i also carry a 12 gauge for when i am having a difficult time finding good bears and i go for the silvers...bad combo i know lound noise means all the good bears disappear but hey at least im shooting.