We eased our way around the tidal lagoons, and as we got closer, we could tell that this was indeed an immaculate bear. We figured it was probably a sow, but weren't 100-percent sure. It's legal to take sows without cubs here, so whether sow or boar, Gary was willing to take it, as it was a good, mature bear. After an hour or two, the bear decided to crawl up on a rock pile and bed down. It seemed like it hadn't been out of hibernation very long, as many of the other bears we were seeing were constantly roaming, but this one was staying put. With the wind in our favor, we quickly closed the distance to 300 yards at the bottom of the shale slide, but the bear wasn't giving us a good shot.