You'd think the odds were fairly good. About 161,000 hunters have purchased a bear license, and the state's bear population is estimated at about 16,000 one bear for every 10 hunters.
Sometimes you eat the bear but, more often, the bear beats you. Statewide, in 2012, those 160,852 bear hunters downed 3,632 bears. Roughly, one in 44 hunters will bag a bear.
The odds are best during the state's rifle season, which opens today. Last year, 13 bears were taken in the early season, 262 during archery season, and 672 during the extended season, which was open in select areas.