Illinois is a State with a strong hunting and fishing heritage. Many Sportsmen from all over the country flock to Illinois in the fall and winter months to try and harvest one of our big corn and soybean fed monster bucks. Illinois Department of Natural Resources are experts in managing our habitats, overseeing one of the largest collections of public hunting ground; giving every Sportsman an opportunity to harvest game during any season.
This in part is one of the reasons Cross Trail Outfitters has found a home in Illinois. Another is the need to help the young men of our state discover the outdoor activities. As with all of American culture today the breakdown of traditional families has left many boys without a father or male mentor in their life to help guide them and share with them this rich hunting and fishing heritage that our state is so well known for.
It is this reason that CTO of IL has continued to grow. Just as there is an endless crop of young men with their hands out waiting for direction, there are men willing to harvest this field. These men are like an elite Special Forces team. Training hard and long to grow deep personal relationships with the young men God has put in our path. They are living sacrifices on the altar of service knowing full well that they are committing to share their gear, open up their homes, and share their lives. They are becoming living breathing examples of Jesus, participating as the Body of Christ.
BUILDING MEN, PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE, SHARING OUR FAITHTM
If you would like to join our team as a Root Partner, Executive Council Member, Elder, Prayer Team, or our Elite Guide Officer please email our State Director Bear St. Pierre. He will be more than happy to guide you on the right path.
Eric 'Bear' St. Pierre
Eric St. Pierre is more commonly known by his professional name Bear. If you’ve ever stood next to him you’ll understand why!
Bear’s leadership development began while in Scouts and continued as he went through the scouting program, eventually earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 1996. It was during this time that Bear developed his passion for the outdoors including hunting, fishing, and conservation.
It is because of this passion that he was led to begin Cross Trail Outfitters of Illinois in 2010. He developed a solid foundation for this ministry that continues to grow today. CTO is a big part of his life, and he serves as the State Director for CTO of Illinois...
Eric 'Bear' St. Pierre