Summit:

To reach the summit , you must first endure the obstacles that stand in your way head on! No sugar coating , no cheating, no going around ! Jesus tells us specifically in Mark 11:23 “For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
So why have we become a creature of habit to take the easy way out? Generations of past weren’t like that ? Hard work sucks, yes! Sweating isn’t fun, the labor brings pains and discomfort! However ; the fruits of your labor are much more rewarding!! The things you get to see or the things you experience, the way you feel when you have conquered your fears, your goals, your barriers ! That’s what makes it all worth it! 
How are you ever going to know what you are capable of , unless you push through ? How will you ever have the pride within to know just how far you can go until break through your limits ? How will you grow ?????? The Bible talks about it from glory to glory! (2 Corinthians 3:18) From one level to the other ! Ephesians 3:16-19 explains that through these challenges and growth of walk with God our inner man or soul ; can be made complete, and know the whole and fullness of ourselves! Not just of God’s love for us , but our calling and purpose ! That we can go further, and be more , and achieve more than we can even begin to imagine ! 
So don’t bow down to the challenges that face you! Push harder, believe for more , do not except mediocrity! For lack is only of the flesh ! The real battle lies between flesh and spirit! Our bodies tell us NO, when our hearts tells GO! One must subside; the only decision lies within you! Greatness lies before you! Will you go and get it? Be better today than you were yesterday!! #OVERCOME!!

Out In the Open

There is nothing that compares to being out in the wide open spaces that we have had the privilege to experience! These past few months out on the road is more than I could ever have imagined! From the rolling Sandhills of eastern Nebraska to the bluffs of western Nebraska, South Dakota’s beautiful Buffalo beards to Wyoming’s cast rich Vedawoo rock formations and surprising moose population tucked away in its  amazing wilderness right off of interstate 80! 

God has shown this family more than we ever thought possible in a lifetime , let alone in just a few short months! I can’t believe what else is in store for us! With the better part of hunting season a head and knowing how much preparation lies ahead for our up and coming trips it’s been humbling to see all that we have dreamed of is coming to pass in just a year of praying and moving forward to make Quint T Outdoors a different and unique page ! 

When we started with just a vision of encouraging people to live life to the fullest! To be better today than they were yesterday! To get out and experience all they can with their loved ones because life is short! And now here we are , camping out in the nations National Forrests , taking pics of deer, antelope, elk , buffalo and moose just feet away from us! Watching our kids learn first hand instead of just from books and worksheets! Seeing first hand our nations history and wildlife! 

Take this wknd for example : while out on a walk after setting up camp, we walked to a new trail we had never been on before ! Followed the path through several rain delays and storms ! Watching the beauty of Gods handy work being displayed ! Finally coming to a dead end ! We had to rely on our own navigation and skills to find our way out before night fall! With all amazement and we were able to fight off the sudden downpour and find our way back! It was a true testimony to God’s provision and just how if you will listen to his lead you can find your way out of any situation! 

We were able to end our adventure that night with being able to spend some time photographing two moose ! Male and female , as they barely knew we took photos and creeped closer trying not to disturb them! Watching the kids faces as they too took pics and observed them learning first hand how they are in the wild and wide open spaces ! Nothing compares to nature undisurbed and raw! Nothing compares to raising our kids on the road , seeing all the splenders of our nations wildlife, monuments, and historic sites up close and personal! Truly being OUT IN THE OPEN! 

Titanium Archery Products

I’m going to give you a quick preview of the equipment I’ve been testing for Titanium Archery Products, LLC! As you know I have been with Sam Shaffer and crew for over a year now and they continue to make advancements and improvements! Turning a vision into fruition! I’m looking forward to seeing where we will be a year from now , seeing already first hand where we have already come from!
I will start by saying that I have changed to a Hunter model stabilizer from my resent Elite model to test out how well it performed ! When the Hunter was first introduced , it was only offered in a more cost efficient 6″ form! Improvements in development and performance were made and it now is in its best form to date! Comes in the 6″ still and now 8″! I can’t say enough good things about them both trough my testing! I have both lengths running the 8″ out front and the 6″ as a side bar to help me better myself as an archer and hunter ! It’s not adjustable as far as weight goes , however some ppl like myself don’t need to adjust the weight ! For those who think they might the Elite is definitely the way to go! 
Now I want to discuss the prototype string stop I was sent to research! While in it’s very primitive state , the revolutionary vision of Titanium Archery Products is beginning to evolve into something amazing for the archery world! The bow has gone from quiet to flat out dead in my hand! I feel no vibration what so ever and hear nothing when arrow leaves ! Improvements have already been made in not only the adjustability, but in appearance , and performance as well! With the titanium rod being placed in the right place it absorbs the energy and sound the same way the stabilizers have since hitting the ground a year ago! I cannot wait to get my hands on the finished product of this revolutionary addition to the TAP family! 

I highly recommend staying tuned to TAP for release dates on the new products coming down the pike! Stabilizers can be purchased through me or from going to titaniumarcheryproducts.com

As the improvement to the archery world is ever growing , Titanium Archery Products is definitely making its push to raise the bar and stand out!!

Medicine Bow National ForrestĀ 

We made the short drive over to Wyoming to the most unique place tucked away in the hills of Wyoming! Full of amazing rock formations and full of wildlife! The weather couldn’t have been better! 

After a small hike down from the car we came upon a nice little pond! After taking some breathtaking pics we noticed something moving to our left! And all of a sudden a bull moose appeared from the growth of trees and shrubs! We watched him for what had to be at least 30-45 minutes ! The kids mesmerizing stares were priceless! All took turns taking photos and looking at him upclose through the lense ! 

After he left , we continued down the trail ! Where we later came across a water fall feeding into a small stream! The kids decided to take off their boots and roll upntheir pants and cool off in the crystal clear , cold water! As me moved on we kept seeing one amazing sight after another! 

We all were hungry and decided breakfast sounded so good ! So we wound up at IHOP, and then went looking around at SPORTSMAN’S WAREHOUSE! Then drove through downtown Cheyenne! All the older historic buildings were a perfect cap to what was a great family outing!! 

Hunting:

Ok so here is the debate! Is hunting brutal and show a bad reflection of one’s personal character? Or does hunting prove to be whatit always has to others ; a means of providing for ones family? I’m sure most of you that read this will draw your own opinions , and that’s fine ! Primarily the reason I’m writing this is to not start a online war ; but rather build awareness and hopefully bring people to understand why we do what we do! 

As most know the  workout crazy has been in full effect for quite some time now! Being healthier , leaner, and be in better shape! So we buy products from online adds and workout gurus who tell us is a must have ! Everything from protein shakes , to muscle builders, to equipment! We buy leaner meat from the store , we push ourselves to our limits ! Most of the time sacrificing family time and personal desires to obtain our overall goals of being in better shape! Personally; I don’t see a problem with most of that! Like I said most! I mentioned lean meat! How do u know where your meat came from? Do u have any idea if it was brought in from a single persons farm , or if it was from a corporations big farm! What it was feed, how was it harvested, was that said place clean enough to meet regulations , or better yet do they meet you requirements?

As a hunter; I know exactly where my meat came from! I know where my meat came from! NATURE!!!! They eat the things our creator gave them naturally! Not hormones or steroids , supplements and other stuff! And as far as processing?? I do it myself ! So I know exactly how much fat or lack there of is in my meat! There isn’t a leaner meat out there than deer, elk, wild turkey , moose and bear etc. Not to mention that a few animals a year can feed my family for a year! Which is a lot cheaper than retail market prices when u put a pencil to it! You can also make your portions adequate to your needs! 

So now the concern of cruel and morally wrong comes into play! Is it?? I can’t speak for everyone, but a majority of the hunters I know aren’t considered trophy hunters!Just after wall decorations ! They do keep the heads as reminders of their success and memories of the journey ! However they , like me are conservationist! They choose the ones that are maybe getting older, kicking out bad genes, and possibly not going to make the next year! This in return makes the Herd stronger, and keeps balance in nature! In a similar way Yellowstone National Park; introduced a pack of wolves into the wild within its boarders to thin down the herds and help restore vegetation! Which affected the flourishing of birds, insects and other wildlife on their property ! 

So how is hunting any different ? How is keeping wildlife in check a bad thing? I don’t personally see it! Truth is , if a grizzly or a wolf takes out an elk ; would you know about it or let alone care? But if a person does it , it’s called inhuman and people and organizations get offended! I just don’t see it! Do I agree for killing just for so called sport? Depends! Certain states like Texas and others have an open season for varmint! Yes I participate in it because certain varmint kill livestock, and bring torment to properties ! Like hogs and other things! But would I go kill an elk or deer or Buffalo just to hang a wall mount and notch another accomplishment? NO!!! I hunt and provide for my family! To keep us fed and the world in balance! Which goes for over half of the hunters I know! 

In closing , hunting also builds responsibility, life skills, and value into our younger generations! Keeping them from being unproductive citizens in the future! Making the world a better place for all! If you don’t like it, don’t agree with it or even if your one to think it’s cruel; that’s fine ! That’s your right !! Just the same as it’s our right to do it ! Without provocation! Like I stated ; not everyone who reads this will agree with me ! That’s perfectly fine ! This is just my outlook and opinion, that I have based on facts that I have gathered and understood to the best of my abilities!! 

Have a blessed day;

TJ Thomas 

Quint T Outdoors 

Not All Who Wonder Are Lost

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, in what seems to be one of my favorite documentaries in the New Testament ; after the writings of Jesus ! Paul wasn’t afraid to risk his life in his journeys , spreading the word of God he was so passionate about! He had standards , beliefs and a goal! There was no way to stop him from his goal! It is something he carried all the way to his homegoing to be with God whom he loved so much! 

In his forth chapter of the book of Ephesians in verse 11 he wrote this ! “And he game some , Apostle; and some prophets; and some  , evangelist ;and some , pastors and teachers; “and it goes on to say or the perfecting of the saints , the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ! Why is this important and what does it have to do with me? …..I’m glad u asked: see wecall have a purpose, a calling , a mission if you will! All different than even your spouse to some degree! So you may wonder to yourself why can’t I do whatthey are, or why do they getbto have all the fun , or wish I could do that! Why don’t u find your purpose, them maybe life won’t seem so meaninglessness? Truth is you have a void , a hole, an emptiness in uounand your trying to buy things to fill it! You can’t! YOU CANNNOT FIT A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE!!!!! I have tried it , even with a hammer it won’t go! 

What you are looking for is spiritual I promise you! Even if you don’t believe in God it is spiritual! Now for the second part! Verse 12; for the perfecting , the work, and the edifying: you see when you are fulfilling your roll everything around you works and runs better! Your life will have purpose, and you will see what you have been longing for ; meaning !! Just because we have desire to be nomads for a bit doesn’t mean we are weird or out of order! We are fulfilling our purpose , our calling! Truth is we were running from God for quite some time! Trying to live a way He never intended! Then we wondered why we weren’t making it! Financially, spiritually, and everything we seemed to try wasn’t even getting close to succeeding ; we’d just get frustrated! 

Paul named the five helpers of the ministry, whatnwe refere to today as the FIVE FOLD! It is in full swing  to those who will allow it in the church ! It has a meaning and a purpose to bring the body of Christ to completion! As will your body when discover what your purpose is by seeking God ! I love the saying ” not all who wonder are lost” ; because it fits me! I don’t have to have a big house , fancy car , or nice things ! They are fun ; and I’m not a bum , but where we are right now is so exciting! Meeting new ppl , making new friends, and seeing things with my family! Hunting, fishing , camping , hiking, white water rafting, and I could go on! I luv being a nomad right now! Free and able to roam around enjoying what God created or our Defenders protect! Find your purpose! Your eyes will be inlightened and a world will open up for you like never before! 

Wildcat Hills

We went on an amazing afternoon of hiking and site seeing today ! On a semi cold , breezy day in northern Nebraska; we saw a taste of heaven God blessed this earth with! Just a few miles south on Hwy.71 just outside of Gering NE, sits a pine infested set of bluffs tucked in the hillside! Beautiful bluffs and ridges that remain hidden to the cars on the roads below! Unless you take the time to get out and explore , you won’t know they are here ! 

We spent the day hiking and homeschooling things that can never be learned in the class rooms ! Teaching our kids how to read maps , correct procedure in hiking and life skills that I hope they will pass on to their kids! The weather was perfect and we were able to spend the afternoon enjoying the great outdoors that is our main reason for starting this program of living life to the fullest! I wouldn’t change these opportunities for all the money and materialistic things in the world! We are raising warriors and the primal instinct runs deep in our vanes ! 

The hunt is the seeking of knowledge for us! The meat and the antlers are a bonus ! Always learning, growing, and gaining the things that can never be taken away from us is the things I cherish  the most! It’s a passion I hope they take to heart ! Hunts and fishing are just a small portion of what we do! We are all about the outdoors , conservation, and keeping this world in its raw and unharmed form for grandkids ! We do that by respecting it , protecting it, and preserving it ! 

Thanks to all who serve our country, protect our home land , and keep us safe ! Allowing us to enjoy this great land and country! We give back through our DEFENDERS PROGRAM; it’s just a small way of us saying thank u! And thanks to all our supporters and family that keep us going!! God Bless You All!