Monster Bucks 27: Gregg Ritz Crossbow Hunts Late-Season Illinois Buck


Ritz puts a tag on this old bruiser buck. (Hunt Masters photo)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Deer hunting

Produced By: Realtree Digital

Cast: Gregg Ritz

Released: August 6, 2019

Runtime: 3 minutes 38 seconds

Watch Here: Gregg Ritz Crossbow Hunts a Late-Season Illinois Buck

Hunt Masters’ Gregg Ritz is no stranger to deer hunting. He’s done his fair share.

In this episode of Monster Bucks, Ritz plays in the snow and goes after one of two big bucks he’s been monitoring via trail camera. The weather conditions are downright phenomenal.  

“It’s getting to be the end of the season here in Illinois,” Ritz said. “We finally got the snow we needed to consolidate these deer. We are sitting over some standing beans. I just moved in here this morning. We have trail camera pictures of two 5-year-old bucks using this. One really tight, tall-tined buck and one really wide, short-tined buck. If either one of those come within range, I promise you, I’ll be taking the safety off.

It didn’t take long for him to send a lighted nock downrange toward the narrower of those two whitetails.

Ritz sends a glowing Lumenok downrange. (Hunt Masters photo)

Monster Bucks 27 Vol. 2: From the wide-open plains of Montana to the crop fields of the Midwest to the hardwoods of the Southeast, you’ll experience incredible hunts from the top names in the hunting industry such as Bill Jordan, Michael Waddell, David Blanton and Tyler Jordan, just to name a few. Here are a handful of the hunts you’ll see:

  • Phillip Culpepper takes a brute of a whitetail in Iowa
  • Michael Waddell arrows a big Georgia buck on his own farm
  • Krysten McDaniel wraps a Kansas tag around a beast of a buck
  • David Blanton takes a 180-inch Monster Buck with his muzzleloader
  • 25 total hunts: 18 with bow, three rifle, three muzzleloader, one crossbow

Where to Watch: Monster Bucks XXVII can be watched for free, exclusively on the new Realtree 365 App. Download the app to your smartphone or tablet and sign up for free. Stream all of the original Realtree Digital content available there on your device or to your television through Roku, iOS, tvOS, Android, AndroidTV, and Amazon FireTV. Viewers can also choose to watch via computers at

About Realtree 365: You’ll find other shows available: Midwest Whitetail, Chasing November, Pitts Stop, Pay Dirt, Realtree Stories, and more. Much more original content is coming soon, including deer, duck and land management shows.

Don’t Miss: Monster Bucks 27: David Blanton Muzzleloader Hunts a Gnarly Iowa Buck

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