I would like to get a few opinions of why people hunt black bears, those that really go out of their way to pursue black bears not those that will take one if they see one. What is the draw for you? Is it the danger aspect, rugs, predator management, meat, etc...
I never really thought of them as a meat animal, which is my primary reason for hunting. I was recently, however, intrigued by a "Chili Beardi" recipe on the forum that has me reconsidering this, and the "warm weather bear" thread has me itching to try something new this year.
As a side note, if I were to decide to take up bear hunting...what considerations should I take in selecting a bear for its meat quality (time of year, size of animal, diet, what makes for a good eating bear)?