Direbears are deadly when aggro'd so try to trap them in a ramp box. Use darts, as even an ascendant crossbow will porobably kill them. Great for carrying weight, crossing distances, and gathering fiber, meat, and berries.
Large bear trap will work. Put out 2. One in front of the other, and stand behind both of them. As it rushes you, the first large bear trap will catch it. It will destroy that one and when it starts to go after you again, the second trap will get it. This method will get you a level 15 dire bear.
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!
Probably the most versatile land creature. Can eat berries and meat. Hard to tame unless you use DARTS or a SNOW OWL to heal it during tranq arrow-ing it with a x-bow.
Probably best to put HP>Dmg. These things are trucks but don't get to cocky.