You live in the right area for one. Heavy concentration of black bear in the foothills of the Cascades. Look for pubic hunting areas with good food sources. Blackberry patches, cherries, apples, after the salmon start running stay closer to the rivers. The Green, Cedar, and Carbon rivers have good runs and bear habitat nearby. Or put in for the spring permits on one of the timber companies land.
You can't fix stupid....however ignorance can be cured through education!