I?ll second WI. Nonresident tag costs are extremely reasonable - unfortunately. You will need several years worth of preference points, but I think they are still only $4.50 each. Zone B is good but you?re looking at a 15 plus year wait on the tag. Look at zones A and D. Costs for the guide will run $500 to $1,500. Not including food and lodging.
I shot a 20 inch (skull) 7 footer about 15 years ago over dogs in Zone B. Search “Crazy Killin’ Bear In The Corn” on YouTube. We?ve gone with the Rines half a dozen times - they?re great guides.
And if you wanted to get a feel for it I guaranty you could find a group of guys that would let you ride along for the weekend while they?re training. The end of August guys are running all the time.
I'm currently sitting on 6 michigan points having just bought them. Theoretically I can draw second season next year in the Marinette area but will likely wait a year extra due to other bookings next year.
I have the same in Wisconsin and minnesota. All cheap preference points.