Heres a post from over at Trapperman. Thought many here would enjoy!
The guys checked the den yesterday and found tracks coming out of the den. Two sets one coming back and one not!
They began following it in pretty thick alder. At one point turn back and went ahead on snowmachine to see if he had made a clearing. He hadn't. They pursued on and at one point bent down to miss an alder and when he came up the bear was 30 yards away just getting up from a bed it had made by hollowing out a spot in the snow. He then ripped up a dead tree and lined the bed with rotten wood and layed in it.
Young male. 350 -400 lbs I would guess. I came home to a note that said bear down! Want to go get it? We left around midnight with the crossfox sled of mine and pulled it out. Got back at 3am.
The den was still real dry inside so water did not push him out. Seems early as it is nasty here.