Gregg says that hunters really need to think about the game they will be hunting and work backwards from there. Illustrating his point, Gregg talks about his upcoming moose hunt and says his selection is based on the size of the animal he’s hunting, which cartridge will more likely give him a pass-through shot, something that can break bone, and when it comes to the bullet, a monolithic that isn’t going to come apart. With whitetails though, Gregg says the game changes. Unlike moose, whitetails don’t require as much strength and durability from a cartridge in order to knock them down. Instead, he says you want to look for something with more rapid expansion. Gregg will talk about hydrostatic shock and how the bullet selection directly relates to the energy that is delivered from that bullet, into the animal in order to kill them quickly, cleanly and humanely.
Gregg will also talk calibers for both moose and whitetail hunting. While other calibers can certainly get the job done, Gregg says that he is taking a .375 to hunt Yukon moose. Already familiar with the area in the Yukon he’ll be hunting, he is anticipating thick brush, a lot of willows and very small windows of shot opportunity so he wants something with a lot of energy. When it comes to whitetail hunting, Gregg says he’ll be using the 6.5 Creedmoor. An increasingly popular choice, Gregg will talk about the benefits to this incredibly efficient caliber selection.
He’ll also highlight the importance of regular practice, and not just hitting the range to sight in your rifle. While he has fired one-million plus rounds, Gregg says that he still practices every weekend and stresses how imperative it is to learn how to shoot in field situations, not just from a bench. He’ll explain how he trains with a purpose, shooting not only from different positions, but also imitating real life scenarios like a rushed shot where you are out of breath and have only seconds to acquire your target.
Tune in for a super informative talk with Gregg Ritz that will give you a leg up on the upcoming hunting seasons.
You can watch “Hunt Masters” on Outdoor Channel, Sundays at 8:30 pm ET.
Happy hunting friends,