Yes black bear are doing well between spring and fall season you can shoot three a year with proper tags. Respect the beast but hunt them. If your going to deer and elk hunt keep predators in check as well it’s your obligation as a Hunter.
Private timber land and clear cuts. Find berries and you’ll find bears hunt August through September over berries other than that your going to have a hard time finding one. If you can find some place that’s gated and needs to be hiked into it’s usually less pressure and more likely to have good bear. You’ll know they’re in there they tear the berries up.