Chris McSherry spotted the animal in Port Bradshaw, just off the northeast coast of the Northern Territory, and shot two arrows at it.
The 35-year-old then followed its blood trail after it fled and shot a couple more bolts at the creature; but just when he thought he had killed it, the buffalo charged at the dad-of-five, goring him twice.
Recounting the moment to NT News, he said: “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 three metres.”
The buffalo died shortly afterwards. Chris was rushed to Gove Hospital before being flown to Darwin Hospital, where he underwent surgery.
He said: “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.”
It is unclear what happened with the buffalo’s body, but Chris may well need skin grafts.
His partner Elise shared a post on Facebook in which she thanked people for their support.
She said: “Just wanted to give everyone an update, Chris McSherry is doing fine and is having surgery as we speak, thank you to everyone that has offered support to me and the girls and Ty, I am very grateful means a lot, and thank you to everyone that has gone to see if he is OK in Darwin hospital, I really appreciate you all as I cannot be there with him xoxo hopefully is home soon, will keep you updated [sic].”
As for Chris, despite being all too aware of how close he came to a much worse fate, he has already indicated that he will get back out hunting whenever he can.
He wrote on social media: “Buff is dead I’m alive (this time) and hope to be back with my family and friends soon thanks for all the well wishes on other posts I appreciate the love and support and will live to HUNT another day.”