The most risk free and effective taming method is to
1. Build a taming pen
2. Lure or drop him in
3. Build a bed and storage chest next to it
4. Tranq the bear until he starts to show blood
5. Put your inventory in chest
6. Let the bear kill and eat you.
8. Respawn in bed, get inventory and finish tranqing. No need to switch to a bow or use traps.
This is very effective because the bear will regenerate a lot of health from eating you. And you will have no risk knocking it out. If you do this correct, maybe even kill yourself twice, you can get the bear to be at 80-100% health when you knock it out. Thus increasing chances of it surviving it someone/something hits it.
I was taking a level 44 dire bear, he was at 94% tamed and then a Thyloceo came out of nowhere and killed him, raptors and Carnos also don’t like dire bears, I would recommend bringing a Parasaurolophus once you knock out the bear do you can detect incoming enemies who may want to attack it
To make honey last practically forever, make a fishing rod and equip honey, that is about to spoil, to the fishing rod, then un-equip it. It should refresh the spoil timer. Does not work with leech blood. Tested on PS4.
Direbear have little health compared to torpor. Keep a few tamed dodos at your ramp trap. When you've shot the bear enough for it to be bloody, throw in a dodo. It will instantly kill and eat it and start regenerating health. Give it a moment or two and continue darting. Happy hunting!