The place we bear hunt in the N GA mountains is about a 3.5-4 mile hike so you have to start it about 1.5hrs before daylight to get in there on time.
The first time I did that hike in by myself, I stopped to take a break about 3 miles in, and a bear started growling at me from 30 yards off the trail. I couldn’t see anything so I just nocked an arrow and stood my ground until it got daylight.
That bear whoofed and growled for about ten minutes and disappeared right before daylight. I thought he/she was following me around all day!:D