As hunters, the moment after you down a big animal is one of the most dangerous. Every predator within range will smell the kill and likely make it’s way over to check it out. 

A father and son bow hunting in Montana had a rude awakening recently after they killed a cow elk and began following the blood trail. They quickly realized they weren’t the only ones as a grizzly bear started paralleling them.

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The father and son retreated and called 911 reporting that the bear was huffing and growling when they decided to let him have it.

A sheriff spokesman who spoke with the Associated Press said they were smart to let the elk go and that a game warden gave them permission to abandon the kill. 

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