News and Press Releases

Experiences for recovery: Program aims to honor veterans and reconnect families

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When Army Staff Sergeant Nathan Shurter arrived in Helena with his wife Olivia on Nov. 1, he seemed to be heralding in the winter season in Montana. With light snow falling across central Montana and temperatures dipping into the teens, Shurter, a South Carolina resident, says he wasn’t sure what to expect of the coming days. But what was to come, Shurter says, “was an incredible experience.” Four years ago, Shurter was on patrol in Afghanistan... Read More

Big Hearts Under the Big Sky Honors Veteran and His Wife

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Staff Sergeant Nathaniel Shurter was honored last week for his military service and sacrifices for our country. Big Hearts Under the Big Sky and the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association gathered together to honor the veteran. Around a dinner table at the Montana City Grill and Saloon Tuesday night, Shurter, his wife Olivia and outfitters and guides that are part of the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program shared stories from their Montana adventures. this... Read More

Big Hearts Under the Big Sky Hosts Trap Shoot Fundraiser with Helena Trap Club

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 16, 2017   CONTACT Mac Minard 406-439-2059 (Helena, Mont.) – Big Hearts under the Big Sky partnered with the Helena Trap Club to host a trap shoot fundraiser on Sunday, August 13. Every skill level was welcomed to join and participants were invited to attend a barbeque luncheon afterwards. “The proceeds from this event support the Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program so we can continue to provide one of a kind... Read More

Helena Trap Club hosts “Big Hearts under The Big Sky” fundraiser

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(Helena, Mont.) – The Helena Trap Club partnered with Big Hearts Under The Big Sky to raise money for the organization on Sunday. Big Hearts Under the Big Sky provides free fully-guided outdoor trips to women battling breast cancer, families of children with terminal illnesses, and veterans with disabilities. According to Hannah Enfield, a volunteer with Big Hearts Under the Big Sky, her parents would bring her... Read More

Big Hearts Program makes $10,000 Endowment Gift to Montana Community Foundation

(Helena, Mont.)—The Big Hearts Under the Big Sky program—the “giving back” extension of the Montana Outfitters and Guides Association (“MOGA”)—presented the Montana Community Foundation with a $10,000 gift for the Big Hearts endowment fund. The contribution, which is the result of money earned during the Greater Helena Gives Campaign, is the first installment to the Big Hearts Endowment. Big Hearts under the Big Sky is a charitable... Read More

NEW LOGO for Big Hearts under the Big Sky Tenth Anniversary

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The Big Hearts under the Big Sky program has released a new logo to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of service!   “We are very excited about this NEW look to the old logo and we are even more excited to be celebrating our tenth year of service” said Mike Garcia, Chairman of the Big Hearts program. “We contracted with Monica Cederberg of Copper City Creative to modify the old logo to incorporate the excitement and pride we feel in... Read More

Capital High Welding Class Donates to Community and Big Hearts under the Big Sky Program

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2017 (Helena, Mont.)—Students with the Capital High School Senior Welding 3 class designed and built three magnificent archways as a community project to be placed at the community garden at Ray Bjork School and the PEAK program. The students used the proceeds from the welding project to make a donation to the Big Hearts under the Big Sky (“BHUBS”) program. The Class presented a $500 check to Mac Minard, Executive... Read More

Veterans Day bulls: Service members receive donated Elkhorn tags for hunt of a lifetime

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TOM KUGLIN, Independent Record It is perhaps the most coveted elk tag in Montana and 1st Sgt. Roger Dover and Spc. Will Hikes each had one in their pockets as they headed out to hunt the morning of Veterans Day. The Elkhorn Mountains south of Helena hold some of the finest bull elk in the state and also some of the longest odds of drawing a permit. Last year nearly 11,000 hunters applied for the 120 permits — a 1.11 percent chance and often... Read More