FORTUNE, NL — An attack by a bull moose during a recent hunting trip has not deterred Rodney Buffett from an activity he has taken part in since the age of 16.
“Actually, I’m thinking about going this evening,” Buffett, 38, told the Southern Gazette Oct. 11.
“I’m feeling pretty good now, I’m coming around a bit, everyday I’m coming around more and more.”
Buffett was moose hunting 10 kilometers off the Grand Bank Highway with some friends and his fiancée, Denika Hatcher, on Oct. 7.
“We spotted the moose, a 14-point bull around seven o’clock or so. I shot him once, he fell down and got back up. I shot him again – he fell down so I figured I had him,” said Buffett.
Buffett said he made his way down from the hill the hunting party had been on, approximately 200 yards from the moose. “I went down, I sung out to my fiancée to come down and bring the knives down,” he explained to the Southern Gazette.
Buffett said when he turned around again, the moose was charging towards him.
“He flicked me up in the air a couple times. He drove me in the ground. I grabbed ahold of his antlers and I fought with him for what seemed like forever, but it was about five minutes or so I guess, (then) he put me down and went on, ran away.”
He fiancée and friends were still on the hill watching everything unfold through binoculars.
“They all came down, then – see me there and got the paramedics in there.”
Buffett was treated on the scene and then air lifted to hospital in St. John’s. “I was in St. John’s from 9:30 that morning till 6:30 that night,” he said. “I got out, spent a night in St. John’s with my sister, and I come home the next day.”
Buffett said he suffered fractured ribs, a puncture mark in his side, stiches in his hand, and some bumps and bruising.
“I got a couple hoof prints on my forehead.”
Bufett said in all his years of hunting, this it is the first time he has witnessed anything like this.
“First time I’ve ever seen it – first time I heard tell of it.”