Bloke gored in buffalo attack ‘lives to hunt another day’
A TERRITORIAN hunter has described his near-death encounter with an 800kg buffalo in which he was gored by its horns and flung 3m into the air.
Chris Mcsherry, 35, was out bow hunting with a mate at Port Bradshaw on the Gove Peninsula when the incident happened on Saturday morning.
"I put a couple of arrows into a nice buff and after following a good blood trail for a few hundred metres we came across the beast in a thick piece of bush," he said.
"He was hurting and lost a lot of blood so my mate fired a couple more bolts from his crossbow to put the animal out of its misery.
"I was expecting him to fall over so I climbed onto a log about 30m away to get a video but then out of nowhere he ran and charged at me. I managed to turn and get about three steps in before he was on my back and gored his horns into my upper thigh, pushing me forward.
"That's when I hit the ground and he put the horns into me again, picked me up by the right leg and flung me about 3m.
"As soon as I hit the ground again he was over the top of me again with his head and his horns, pushing me into the ground just trying to hurt me. I managed to roll about two or three metres away from him and he was just standing there looking at me as I got to my feet and hobbled away."
The buffalo eventually succumbed to its injuries and died and Mr Mcsherry was rushed to Gove Hospital.
He was later flown to Darwin for surgery.
"The buffalo left me with some decent wounds, there's a Coke can-sized hole above the front of my knee and an eight-inch gash right under my bum.
"If he stuck those horns any higher I might not have made it, which is a terrible thought because I've got five kids at home. But I'll live to hunt another day."
Mr Mcsherry said he'd been hunting for 20 years and wouldn't let the close call stop him from hunting again.
The incident isn't the first time the Gove local has narrowly avoided death.
In the past he's also been charged by a crocodile during a spearfishing trip.
Originally published as Hunter gored in buffalo attack 'lives to hunt another day'