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  • Tue, November 14, 2017 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jesus Christ's death and resurrection supply us with everything our Soul needs in this life...and the life to come.

    Cross Trail Outfitters of Texas was blessed to have spent its 6th straight year hunting and sharing the Gospel on Carl and Bobbie Jones' Almosta Nexta Ranch in Mountain Home, Texas. The Jones', along with their son, Matt, were more than hospitable hosts...they made available every opportunity for the boys to not only have a most memorable time, but also give them the green light on deer that they would not otherwise be able to hunt.

    The weather was cool and foggy and we had our guides, Jason Carl-Robert Dickens, fresh out of the mountains of Colorado, as well as CTO Nueces County Outfitter Dave Kahil and Apprentice Guide candidate - Wyatt Buckman.

    Six boys from cities such as Boerne, San Antonio, Spring Branch and New Braunfels came together to have a great time with each other, their guides, the landowners and our God! Two first time deer hunters learned gun safety, our TicTacToe shot placement strategy and overall execution of a clean, quick dispatch. We ate good, left the place better than we found it and overall had a blast in the process. 

    Our questions for the weekend centered around Jesus Christ's death and resurrection...and what each of those events mean to us. The young men participated well and their responses showed depth as well as a personal connection to Christ and these miraculous events in history as well as now and the age to come.

    We read from Isaiah 53, where some 700 years before Christ's birth, He was prophesied as being pierced and crushed in our place...the righteous in place of the unrighteous, the living shepherd in place of the lost sheep, the exalted king in the place of the rebel subjects.

    In 1 Corinthians 15:13,14 we read where if Christ is not risen, then our preaching and our faith is in vain. Everything we believe is based upon these facts and without these our hope for redemption and resurrection is false...since it all would be useless and could save no one.

  • Mon, November 06, 2017 9:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When you ask a question related to "What gives you peace", you are liable to get all types of answers. This weekend we tapped into that very question as our campfire theme. We took 5 young men on a youth deer hunt this weekend to a ranch in Pearsall, TX.

    With the South Texas heat and a full moon stacked against us, 2 of the boys were still able to connect with a deer, and take some venison home to their families. There's something truly magical about getting outdoors, and watching the sun set and rise, anticipating what is going to happen, and what you might see.

    It maybe a bobcat crossing a field, or a Coyote eating his breakfast down a foggy sendaro, or a bird chattering in a tree. But being outdoors and witnessing creation is magical!

    There is a "Peace" that only the Lord gives us when we are obedient, by getting quiet, being still, surrendering our thoughts, and allowing the Lord to speak to us. So the question is, have you ever experienced true peace? Are you at peace with the Lord?

    Bible Scriptures:

    Philippians 4:4-7

    "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

    Psalm 46:10- "Be still, and know that I am God"

  • Tue, October 31, 2017 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Kerr County Outfitter David Bonam had the privilege of leading a Cross Trail Outfitters youth hunt this weekend at the beautiful 9,800 acre Plomero Ranch in South Texas.

    We had 8 young men on the Outing, with 4 first-time CTO participants and 3 first-time Adult leaders. The event was a true God-ordained success. The deer weren't very cooperative, but the ranch hosts were outstanding, the weather was perfect, the fishing was great, the fellowship was awesome and God got the glory!Thank you to the landowners and volunteers for all that you did in serving these youth the entire weekend. 

    We asked the boys the question, "How many birthdays have you had?" Then we looked at John 3 where Jesus told Nicodemus, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you are born of water AND the Spirit you will not enter the Kingdom of God." 2 births...one from our earthly parents and the second by the Father, through the Son and from the Holy Spirit. 6, count em, 6 young men responded to the Holy Spirit's call for salvation! How about that? Ain't God good?!

  • Tue, October 31, 2017 9:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Cross Trail Outfitters  has an AMAZING tool that was developed by our founder called TIC-TAC-TOE Shot Placement Exercise. This hunting tool is such a great design, that it has been trade marked and copyrighted so no one can use it to financially gain. It's been shared with thousands of kids and people throughout many states. However, there's much more to this than just teaching someone the skill of shooting a deer or a big game animal.

    'Missing the Mark' is defined as the Greek word for SIN. While hitting the mark is the bullseye, and what most of us aim for throughout life. However, and humans, we all miss the mark, everyday, and continue to struggle with striving to do it on our own.

    But when you hit "The Target of Life", when you start reaching for Jesus and allowing His Spirit to guide you, there is nothing you and Him together can't accomplish! And ALL SIN is Forgiven.

    Thank you to the landowners, and all of the volunteers who participate in these adventures along side of us, and help orchestrate in these outings!Thirteen deer, a Giant Hog, and 1 beautiful bobcat harvested at the T9E Ranch this weekend~ Get your kids signed up today at www.teamcto.org/texas

  • Tue, October 24, 2017 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2017 - CTO Texas outing season has begun! We kicked off our youth deer hunting at the MG Ranch this weekend, with 6 young men all harvesting management doe's. We even shifted gears, noticing a lot of doves, and were able to put together one of the best dove shoots ever experienced by our Texas kids!

    Our campfire theme and focus for the weekend was about youth leadership in our Apprentice Guide program, and what the expectations and requirements are from our youth leaders. Expectations at camps, on our outings, in their communities, at home and school, with their parents and their Church. From stewardship to Spiritual Leadership, we covered it all and had an amazing time doing so!

    For kids that have participated in CTO for a year or more and are interested in the Apprentice Guide program, reach out to your local outfitter to learn more.

  • Sat, July 01, 2017 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What an amazing God we serve, to allow the relationships that only HE can design, to come together where kids can hunt and fish, get outdoors, and harvest a piece of God's creation!

    We had 14 girls the first week of camp and 16 boys the second week at the JHA Ranch in George West, Texas. Thirty kids that were able to hunt hogs, exotics animals, freshwater fish, bowfish, learn archery and shooting skills, all while learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! While some awesome animal and fish harvests were made, 8 of these kids gave their lives to Christ, making the Spiritual harvest more important.

    We talked about Faith, Courage and standing with Christ when we are faced with adversity. The promises that God makes to us (his people) as we stand ready to face the World! IN CHRIST, No one can take our Salvation, No one can take our Faith, No one can take our Freedom, God's Love, His Promises, His Grace away from us!

    We would like to thank all of our volunteers and staff that make up our awesome CTO Texas Team. We also want to thank our JHA Ranch hosts, the Anderson family, for opening their gate to allow CTO campers to be blessed. Again, without God ordained relationships, these kids and this ministry would not be a success. Please pray for upcoming camps and the kids that will be attending, as this was just a start... we have 3 more to go!

    Many of the kids participating in our summer camps are able to cover their entire camp cost through the CTO Thomas Krejci Camp Scholarship Raffle, since 100% of what kid's raise goes directly towards their camp balance. Tickets are $10 each or purchasers can buy 10 tickets and get 1 free, so that’s 11 tickets for $100. Purchasers can choose from 3 prizes—a Weatherby Vanguard.257 w/ Leupold Scope, an IPad Air or a $500 Visa gift card. You need not be present at the time of the drawing on August 15, 2017 to win. Purchase tickets online here.

  • Mon, April 03, 2017 12:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thanks to a grant from the NRA Foundation, Cross Trail Outfitters of Texas received new shotguns  and rifles to teach shooting sports and marksmanship at our CTO Texas Summer Camps. The NRA Foundation recently approved $3,162 for 4 rifles and 2 shotguns for shooting sport instruction and in the field hunting activities. We appreciate the NRA Foundation in providing these funds to help us preserve our hunting heritage and get more kids into shooting sports and hunting.

    The NRA Foundation provides financial support to eligible projects, programs and organizations through its Grant Program. Since its establishment in 1990, the NRA Foundation has provided more than $335 million in funding through more than 42,000 grants in support of the shooting sports. 

  • Sun, March 26, 2017 2:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the Winners in our 25 Gun Raffle. We drew the winners at the CTO Texas 8th Annual Banquet on March 25, 2017. Winners were notified by phone. Thanks for supporting Cross Trail Outfitters.

    1. Weatherby Vanguard H-Bar.308 RC – Wade Rhodes

    2. Remington R15 VTR Predator .223 Camo – Brian Stone

    3. Henry “Silver Eagle” Lever Action .22 – Buddy Jung

    4. CZ-USA Redhead Premier 12 ga O/U – Catherine Carr

    5. Weatherby Accuguard SS .257 Mag – Eddie Morris

    6. Remington 1911 R-1 Carry Comm. .45 – Jeremy Grandazzo

    7. Henry .30/30 Golden Boy – Kevin Mattke

    8. CZ-USA Drake 12 ga O/U – David Lowry

    9. Weatherby Vanguard/Leupold .270 - Chad Clark

    10. Weatherby Wilderness .25-06 – Sharon Garcia

    11. Glock .9mm – Pat Leadford

    12. Henry Golden Boy .22 Lever Action – Landon Wolf

    13. Remington 7600 Pump Action .308 – Don Brammer

    14. CZ-USA 12 ga Semi Auto Camo – Tracy Kensing

    15. CVA APEX SS .50 cal Muzzleloader – Brett Rhodes

    16. Henry Frontier “Evil Roy” .22 Lever Action – Jeff Neeb

    17. Vanguard Volt 7mm-08 – Dennis Copeland

    18. CZ-USA 512 American .22 mag Semi Auto – Dee Tiller

    19. Remington RM .380 Micro – Chuck Hemby

    20. CVA Scout SS .35 Whelen – Alan Calaway

    21. Weatherby Vanguard/Leupold .243 – Chris Maxwell

    22. CZ-USA 517 20 ga Semi Auto – Bill Cotter

    23. Remington 597.22 Semi Auto w/Scope – Colton Krejci

    24. Henry Classic RC Lever Action.22 – Alex McAllister

    25. CVA Optima V2 SS .50 cal Muzzleloader – Irma Gonzales

  • Fri, December 23, 2016 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a great year it's been for Cross Trail Outfitters of Texas as we've witnessed God work in the lives of many young people and their families as we continue our mission of guiding the next generation to Christ through the outdoors.

    During 2016, we provided over 1,100 opportunities for kids to participate in activities such as hunting/fishing outings, camps, sportsmen’s skills nights, community service, leadership development, outreach and bible studies. Currently, there are over 200 members in 5 chapters with new chapters and new relationships being developed. This summer, we hosted 57 kids from across Texas at 5 week-long hunting and fishing summer camps—four camps for boys plus our first CTO girls camp.

    The kids involved in CTO come from a variety of backgrounds, and our policy is to never turn a child away due to financial limitations. This year CTO Texas provided over $19,000 in program scholarships that allowed kids to participate in our camps and weekend hunting and fishing outings. We are expecting our scholarships for programs will need to expand as CTO grows.

    We could not do this without your generous support. These outings and camps help kids unplug and connect with nature and God! Without a doubt, we’ve found these kids open up while sitting around the campfire, sharing stories of their day then tying it to a devotion to help them apply God’s Word in their daily lives. 

    This is an exciting time as we develop more chapters in Texas, which will open the doors for more kids to be mentored through this unique ministry.  CTO's vision for 2017 is "Stepping it up" and we need your help in order to serve more kids.

    If you’re looking for a charity to support financially, consider donating to CTO Texas. You can give online at www.teamcto.org/texas or mail a donation to CTO Texas, PO Box 1165, Helotes, TX 78023. To get a tax-deductible receipt for 2016, donations must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31, 2016.

    Thank you for partnering with us to change the lives of kids. You are a blessing to CTO and a blessing to so many kids!

    Have a  wonderful and blessed New Year!


    A Note from our National Director Mike Johnson:

    Dear friends, 

    Awesome, blessed beyond measure, and holiday greetings from the desk of the National Director at Cross Trail Outfitters (CTO). The other night my phone rings and the caller ID said that it was Chase. Naturally, I answer it since Chase is a very good friend of mine. “Hey Mr. Mike, are you going hunting tomorrow?” asked Chase. “Yes I am,” I replied. “How about you?” I asked. He replied “yes” he was hunting also. “Where are you going?” I asked. “I’m thinking about going to Juniper Bay,” answered Chase. “What about your blinds at Gull Shoal?” he asked. I replied, “I haven’t been there to look, but you’re welcome to use them.” 

    This is a regular conversation that good friends might have during any hunting season. I would like to take a moment to tell you how Chase and I became such close friends. In June 2010, I hosted our very first ever CTO summer camp in North Carolina, and Chase was one of the boys at that camp. Like most of the 13 boys there, Chase was junior high school age. Chase loves to fish, and I love to fish too, and God used that common interest between Chase and myself to start a lifelong relationship. That summer, as the week progressed God also used our common interest of fishing and hunting to cause Chase to trust my spoken words. We had Questions of the Day every morning and spiritually deep campfire discussions every night all centered on a common theme of Jesus Christ. Before the week was over, Chase asked Jesus Christ to be the Lord of his life. We now had something else more permanent in common. Oh and by the way, throughout the week 10 more of the 13 boys asked Jesus into their lives as well.   

    Chase is now a freshman at East Carolina University. Chase volunteers as a guide at our North Carolina summer camps. He is an amazing Christian man now and a dear friend of mine. The relationship that we have is even as strong as that relationship between my own son and myself.   There are a lot of Chases in my life now thanks to CTO. There are a lot of Chases in the lives of all the outfitters and guides at CTO across the country. 

    As you read this letter, relationships like this one are being formed all over the country in many CTO chapters nationwide. This year CTO conducted 16 week‐long summer camps, more than 200 youth hunting/fishing outings, more than 130 sportsmen’s nights, 41 family events, and over 100 bible studies that all contributed to leading the next‐generation to Christ through the outdoors. As God worked through those events, we witnessed 108 kids and 24 adults accept Christ, as true discipleship starts with a relationship and ends with victory.  

    I want to thank every outfitter, guide, prayer warrior, volunteer, root partner, sponsor, donor, landowner and friend of Cross Trail outfitters. All of you are part of building “Chases” all over the country, and we cannot do it without you. Before we move into 2017, please prayerfully seek where you might fit in to our team. If you are already part of our team consider “Stepping It Up,” as this is our 2017 team vision for the Cross Trail Outfitters. We are looking for more chapters, more outings, more donors, more financial support all adding up to more salvations and an army of strong Christian young men. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the leaders at CTO. 

    Oh and by the way as I was sitting home typing this letter, Chase called to tell me how his hunt went yesterday.   

    In his service,   

    Mike Johnson  
    National Director Cross Trail Outfitters

  • Mon, December 05, 2016 11:02 AM | Anonymous member

    We had an amazing CTO Parent/Child First Hunt weekend, where 4 young men and 2 young ladies, from ages 9 to 11 years old, were able to harvest their very first deer. All one shot, one kill harvests, using the CTO Shot Placement method.

    The rain and cold didn't keep these kids away and God definitely blessed us with seeing lots of deer. We prayed for breaks in the rain, to be successful, to take straight shots and for safety, and man did HE answer! Smiles from ear to ear, and memories that will never be forgotten.

    Our campfire theme for the weekend was identifying our struggles, and what the outcome looks like in our own strength. And then identifying what our struggles look like through Christ.

    Fear, shame, guilt, these are substances of the enemy, and not of the Lord.
    Our Lord gives us the power and authority to overcome, conquer, all things through Him. James said, consider it pure joy when we face trials and temptations because this builds or Faith and perseverance. 

    We are all going to face struggles in life that can sometimes make us feel small. But when we put God first and ask for His help, our struggles begin to look small, and allow us to walk in His power and authority, Walking Like GIANTS!

    Thank you Lord for this blessing, allowing these kids and their parents to experience your creation and your word!

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For young men ages  7-20, find a club near you (check out the Texas Chapter listings above). If there's no club in your area, contact Kevin Potts to find out about opportunities for involvement.


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