We have a lot of bears but they are definitely all in the U.P. You’ll be hard pressed to find a shooter in lower Michigan. You never hear about it.
I know of one guy that shot one recently and I’m sure he did a LOT of scouting.
Everyone I know goes up to Camp Larkin in Canada.A friend’s son owns it. And I’ve heard they have a pretty good group rate. Two guys I know came back with black bears already.
You said you didn’t want to mess with passports though. Understandable.