You don't need private land. Head up to MT to hunt national forest land and get an OTC tag at least 5 days before you go. Do your research on the best areas and take a close look at the maps.
What you are looking for are closed-off old logging roads with southern exposure that you can very quietly and observantly walk in the early morning and again after about 3 pm when bears feed on the new spring bunch-grass. In the mid-day you probably won't see bears but you can check out other roads for grass and piles of bear droppings. Roads where you see no droppings in the first mile are probably not worth walking any farther. Ask the local game warden and bear biologist about where to find those kinds of roads.
What can be more enjoyable in May than walking sunny, abandoned roads littered with bear droppings and anticipating seeing a bruin around the next bend? I did that for a week last May and had a blast. The taxidermist called this week to let me know my bear rug was on the way.