I'm sympathetic. Check out my article in the current issue of Bear Hunting Magazine entitled "Maybe I Sweat Pepper Spray." Here's a link that takes you to the first couple of paragraphs: http://www.bear-hunting.com/issue.cfm
(Scroll down a little.) For the whole article you'll have to find a copy of the May-June issue on the news stand. If you can't find one, PM me and I'll send you a photo copy.
I figured you'd do better than I've done because you were doing a spring hunt. Fall seems generally more difficult because there are more natural foods to compete with the bait.
I've hunted three times in Ontario (fall hunts) and twice in Alaska (spring spot and stalk hunts), plus a few Pennsylvania hunts, and haven't yet taken a shot at a bear. It's not always like shooting fish in a barrel, and there are no guarantees.
I'm looking at a possible spring 2010 hunt in New Brunswick, but that's a long way to drive, and I'll have to get the Mrs. to OK it. (Since your hunt was also in New Brunswick, maybe you ought to PM me the name of the outfitter.)
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