Rodney Buffett entered the woods at the weekend because the hunter, however emerged hours in a while a medevac chopper because the hunted.
Buffett survived a 5-minute struggle with a wounded moose close to Grand Bank on Newfoundland’s south coast.
He was once launched from hospital on Monday morning with none damaged bones, or bottles of moose meat, however did go back house to Fortune with a memento.
“I’ve got hoof prints in my forehead,” he informed the St. John’s Morning Show.
Moose fights back after being shot
The moose-mauling started when Buffett noticed the animal on Saturday morning. He sized up the 14-point bull sooner than taking two photographs, either one of which hit the animal, he mentioned.
The moose went down temporarily and put its 4 legs within the air. An skilled hunter, Buffet started to manner the animal, as he has accomplished repeatedly sooner than.
“I thought he was dead. I laid my gun down and turned back to my fiancée and told her to bring down my knives. When I turned around again he was up.”
The moose lunged towards the hunter and drilled him with its antlers. Buffett mentioned the moose tossed its head back and flicked him up within the air sooner than he crashed to the bottom.
The moose started stomping on him as Buffett attempted to snatch cling of it.
“I held onto his antlers and tried to steer him away,” he mentioned. “But it seemed like forever.”
Buffett’s fiancée watched helplessly from a hill above him, binoculars pressed to her eyes.
Airlifted to hospital in St. John’s
After Buffett landed some kicks to the moose’s brow, the animal let him pass and trotted off into the woods.
“I couldn’t move after that,” he mentioned.
Paramedics made a 3-kilometre trek throughout the bush to in finding Buffett. They known as for assist and a medevac helicopter got here from St. John’s to airlift him to hospital.
Buffett gained stitches and staples to his head, palms and chest, however was once another way intact. He was once held in hospital for in depth trying out over the weekend, however mentioned he didn’t endure a concussion or interior accidents.
“They tells me I’m hard-headed,” he mentioned.
Despite the terrifying revel in, Buffett plans to head back into the woods once conceivable. An avid hunter since he was once sufficiently old to shoot a gun, he may not be deterred through one unhealthy day within the woods.
“I’m hoping to be back moose hunting again about Friday or Saturday with any luck at all,” he mentioned. “I’d go today, but no, [the doctor] wouldn’t let me.”
While he can shaggy dog story concerning the revel in now, Buffett was once too shaken up to sleep on Saturday evening.
“Every time I closed my eyes I could see the moose coming after me.… It’s something I’ll never forget.”