Allistair Gallately Recovering Nicely


Published: August - 1999

We are pleased to report that Allistair Gallately in Zambia is recovering nicely from that beating he received from a buffalo this past June. In fact, at press time, he was out of the hospital and back in camp. As we reported in the July issue (see page 1), Gallately was conducting a safari in the Lupande area for Hunting Report subscriber Jack Revelle when the accident occurred. Turns out our version of what happened is a few clicks off. Here, according to Revelle himself, is what happened: "We had been following a herd of 100 or more buffalo mostly in thick scrub brush and high grass 10 to 15 feet tall. I heart-shot a buffalo which disappeared down into a dried-up riverbed as the rest of the herd stampeded in a cloud of dust. We heard it bellow one time, and I could hear it kicking gravel, trying to get up, when a second buffalo exploded through the thick brush close to me. I fired instantly, believing it was the first buffalo charging us. My .375 bullet raked it through the lungs (not a good shot on a charging buffalo), but it did make the buffalo veer off into the bush. In the ensuing moments we heard the death rattle of the first buffalo and realized we had a second one badly wounded that had run off into the high grass. Alistair told me to wait with the dead buffalo while he went for his Landcruiser so we could follow up the wounded one with the vehicle.

Alistair was on his way to get his vehicle, which was in a different direction than the wounded buffalo had run, when the accident happened. He had been gone about 10 minutes when we heard one shot from the direction he had gone. One of the trackers thought he could hear yelling so we scrambled up the steep river bank and started running toward the yelling. When I got to Alistair he was sitting on a rock, under a tree, holding the two halves of his broken rifle. He was covered with blood from two gaping........(continued)

 
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