Cal Stucky and Family Need Your Thoughts and Prayers

Cal Stucky and Tom NelsonCal Stucky of Sage Mountain Outfitters was airlifted to a hospital after a head-on crash just north of Avon August 12th. He is being treated at a Seattle hospital for injuries incurred in the accident. Cal was driving his truck and hauling a horse trailer filled with hay and tackle, when the driver traveling in the opposite direction drove into his lane. The driver of the other truck had fallen asleep and drove into the wrong lane.

Cal was first airlifted to St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, and then taken by air to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. A nurse there confirmed that Cal was being treated in intensive care Thursday afternoon, but couldn’t release his condition citing privacy law.

A fund named the Cal Stucky Assistance Fund has been set up at US Bank in Helena to help defray Stucky’s medical costs.

The bank is at 302 N. Last Chance Gulch Helena, Montana 406-447-5215

Despite Cal Stucky’s recent accident, the 2009 season will proceed as planned. For any questions, please call (406) 560-5470

I have hunted with Sage Mountain Outfitters and though I did not harvest a bull, it was not their fault as weather was tough and the elk ran to me too quickly. Cal, Renee, Yeager and Dan were nothing but professional, informative and just good people.

UPDATE:

There is a website that you can visit so that you can check on Cal’s progress and also send messages to the family, if you would like.  Renee told us that every day and every hour Cal is making great steps towards recovery and that she appreciates all the thoughts and prayers that you have all sent their way.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/calstucky

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  • windedbowhunter

    With the recent showing of Last American Cowboy, people across the nation send out the heartfelt wishes, prayers and support. Which is more than the Stucky’s probably ever imagined. Sara Thissen with the Cattle Business Weekly, wrote an article last year as a follow-up to the 3 families in the show, give it a read and share your thoughts.

    http://www.cattlebusinessweekly.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=2644

  • Debra Day

    Just wanted to let you all know, our family is praying for your family. We are avid fans of the show, and will continue to pray for Cal’s recovery, and strength for the Stuckey family..
    All things are possible with him, in him. God Bless.

  • Sally Warren

    I am a recent fan of the show “The Last American Cowboy”. Thank you all for sharing your lives with us. My heart was broken when the show of Cal’s accident aired, but with the love of God, the faith of the community, Cal is on the road to recovery. My prayers will continue for Cal, his family and medical team. God Bless you all and peace be with you as well.

  • Pam Clark

    Hope all is coming along well. Our prayers are with Cal and his family. My husband and I have been wondering how he is doing. take care.

    Pam C.

  • Jennifer Johnston

    Becky,
    I have also recently discovered the show, I have sat here and cried watching the show with the accident. It just breaks my heart. My prayers are with Cal and his family.

  • kari morris

    I just recently found the show last american cowboy. Im a paramedic on the ambulance service and thoughts and prayers go out to cal and his family.

    • Kari,
      Thank you for stopping by the site and sharing your prayers for the Stucky family!

      Rudy

  • Paula

    My husband & I have just discovered the show & absolutely love it. We own a small farm in IL & have a very small (but growing) herd of cattle. I was deeply saddened as I watched the episode featuring the accident & was very happy to learn of Cal’s recovery. The scenes at the auction were very moving & great to see the love & community for the family. Our thoughts & prayers go out to the Stucky family & hope that Cal’s recovery continues to progress. Hope to see new episodes in the future that show the world the great lives of these great American cowboys. God Bless!

  • Donna

    My husband and I just now found the program “The Last American Cowboy”, we found the program and the families fascinating. We live in the great state of Texas and feel a kindred spirt to those in the Big Sky Country. We could not believe what we saw in the episode with Cal’s accident. Please know that Cal, and his family are in our thoughts and prayers. To the Stucky family, God Bless You!

  • Reg

    As I am not the only one who has just discovered the TV show, probably and one of the last to see that Cal was in a crash. I can only imagine the hardships that face the ranch, but I do know the physical issues that face Cal and your family as my husband is handicapped due to a birth defect and has had to undergo many surgeries and therapy. I send you my prayers and hope to see the family in future episodes that are probably filmed, but I haven’t yet seen them.

    Thank the Lord that Cal is doing so well today! And bless you for following this thread with your replies. I’m gathering from no responses that the dog didn’t make it. That’s hard, too. And I hope another furry companion is there with Cal to keep him company.
    Reg

  • Mercedes

    I used to live in Culbertson, Montana and Kenmare – are you anywhere near there? I rode horses there and my Dad was the Doctor. This was back in 1971.

    • Unfortunatley, I am not near that area! Do you still visit the area frequently?

  • Carrie Rimes

    I just wanted to let you all know that we are thinking of Cal and his fight. We only just discovered the show two weeks ago. My parents have a second home in Montana and my husband and I have wanted to moved to the state ever since we first visited 5 years ago. So we loved that show as soon as we saw it… My sister has a sister-in-law who was involved in a high speed head on collision that was also entirely not her fault. The other driver walked away, but my sister’s sister-in-law has had 3 years of surgery, occupational therapy, and suffering. It has been hard on her family, but they have been standing by her… Hardest on her, of course. So, anyway, my husband and I have some understanding of what Cal and his family must be going through right now. Our thoughts are with you all as you struggle and of course Cal looked like a fighter just from the few episodes we saw of “The Last American Cowboy.” I am very glad he has the continuing support of his family and friends and community. Wishing you all the best, Stucky family.

  • Toni Thatcher

    Hello,
    I have been following and enjoying the show immensely and was shocked by the accident, just sat there with tears running down my cheeks, what a tough, tough break, but thankfully not tougher than the Stucky Family. I had DVR’d it so was able to see the next episodes right away, so the tears kept flowing through the Benefit Auction and through to the end when he stepped out of the Suburban, that was followed by a WHOOP! of joy. So very glad to hear he is on the mend and doing better.
    Also, wanted to ask about the dog as well, did she end up ok?

  • Sue

    I’m glad to hear that Cal continues heal and is working toward recovery. He must be an amazing and determined person, and certainly comes from a devoted and loving family. God bless all of you, and may He continue to walk with Cal on his journey.

  • Becky Stucky McLaughlin

    I am the youngest sister of Cal Stucky and would like to tell you how proud I am of my brother. Even though this has been a great and tragic accident, I knew that Cal would fight this because he has always been a fighter. He is the most determined individual I know other than my parents. Cal continues to heal and amaze us daily, which makes my heart swell with love. I would also like to thank all the well-wishers who have prayed for Cal’s speady recovery.

    Thank-you,

    Becky Stucky Mclaughlin

  • Christine

    What happened to the dog that was with Cal in the truck? The program showed her being gently laid in the back of a car, but nothing more. I have soft prayers for a tough family.

  • Our prayers go out to the Stucky family. But we are curious about the driver of the other vehicle. Was he injured, killed??? Prayers for that family also.

  • Al & Vicki Matney

    To the Stucky Family
    We have watched all the episodes of The Last American Cowboy and have been hanging on the edge waiting for the good news that Cal was able to come home. It’s such a tragedy for something like that to happen but it shows how strong family and community can be when they help and support each other. That’s what America is all about.
    Our thoughts and prayers will continue for the family.

  • debbie

    my prayers are with your family. i love the show i,am going to be in montana end of aug or sept would love to heip out on the ranch in anyway for free

  • sarahAlderson

    I am A ranchers daughter from Oregon and I loved the Last american cowboy show and I felt like I became part of the *family* with the stuckys they remind me so much of my family. And i cried when cal was in the accident, And again last night when they showed the auction. It is wonderful to see the community come togather for such a great man. I wish i could meet the stuckys in person someday! my prayers to the family for cals Continueing Quick recovery.. god bless and get back in that saddle soon cal.

  • Loretta Griffis

    Thanks for the update. My husband and I have been watching the series and really like the show. With all the reality garbage on TV, this show is refreshing. We were really concerned about the accident and was glad to see on last night’s show that Cal got home. I realize now that his accident happened a year ago, but we still pray for God’s mercy and healing hand for Cal. I think this show was wonderful, our kids need to see real life, not the trash that is shown on other reality series. I hope they will continue to show how things are going on these 3 farms. It’s a great show and they all seem like great families. God bless

  • kathy

    We have been diligent in watching “last American Cowboy”,we are a cattle family from central California and feel for the winters that you must endure. We were very saddened by the episode, and we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family………As has been said before “good ol cowboys are very strong and will make it through” Since it has been a year, we are hoping that there have been strides towards positive.

  • debbie

    my prayers are with your family. i love the show i will be in montana late aug or early sept. I wolud love to help out on the ranch for free.

  • Jolene

    Wow, is all I can say. Last American Cowboy has really made an impact on many people’s lives, not to mention Cal Stucky’s accident. It’s amazing how even though those of us following Last American Cowboy don’t actually know the families in this show, I speak for myself when I say how close I feel to them! I’m glad for all the support Cal is getting.

  • Jackie

    I just watched the Last American Cowboy and heard about the horrible accident. I feel deeply for the family, my brother was paralized in a car accident 3 years ago. He was 20 years old and was life flighted to the nearest hospital and then again to Craig Hospital in Colorado. This is a very very hard thing to go through. After his accident we talked about what happend. He said that he didn’t remember going through the windshild but when he woke up in the field he knew right away what was wrong. The normal person would say they would panic laying there in the middle of no where. He said that instead of panic he felt like there was a “blanket of calmness” that was layed over him. Now my brother and I were raised on a ranch in Wyoming. In no way are we really churce people. But that ment alot to me. Before he was moved from the ER to the ICU I was mad at the world. I was mad at god for what he did, what kind of a life would my brother now live why didnt he just take him, that way he wouldnt have to go through the pain and embarisment of a wheelchair. my dad drives truck and was in colorado and had just loaded cows on his rig when he got the call to come home. when i walked my father into the icu and he saw his only son laying there he took off his cowboy hat and tried so so hard not to cry. My brother called him over and said “dad im not done, this didn’t kill me, im still gonna live my life” he was in the hospital for months. after being in denver for only a week the doctors took him off his antidepressent because of his attitude was so good and handeling things so well. My brother had a very strong and positive family and tons of friends, thats what got him through this and the same will happen to the Stucky Family. Things are hard but the good ol’ cowboys are very strong and will make it through. Its hard watchin a loved one go through something so tragic and if it wasn’t for my mother i dont know if i would have handled it well at all. I read the stories and updates and it just reminds me so much of what i went through. Wonderful people were there for my family and our prayes were answerd because my brother is home and alive and i know the same will happen for you guys. just hang in there dont look too far into the future and never look to the past just take one day at a time things will amaze you and how much strenght they will gather from the ones that around them. My brother is paralyzed from the chest down yet drives his own F150 truck, goes up the mountains and to rodeos, and now him and his friends are working on a saddle to put him in so he can ride again. it will happen someday i have no doubt. Be strong! and love is what will get you through. I will keep your family close to my heart!

    • Jackie,
      Thank you for the story of your brother’s tragic accident and how your brother has a very strong and positive family surrounding him. I do agree with you on the comment of “good ol’ cowboys are very strong and will make it through”

      Rudy

  • Mike Stephens

    After watching the 07/19/2010, Last American Cowboy, on Animal Planet TV. Just found out at end of show Cal Stuckey was in a wreck. Would like to hear how he is doing, in 2010, as the show was filmed in 2009. Did not know this until I saw a banner at the all girl rodeo, Cal’s daughter went to Monday Night.

    • Mike,
      Cal has made great strides in his progress and is getting better everyday. He and his family still have a long road ahead, but they are in good spirits. Cal is as strong-willed as Earl, so he will continue to get stronger in mind, body and soul!

      There is a website that you can visit so that you can check on Cal’s progress and also send messages to the family, if you would like. Renee told us that every day and every hour Cal is making great steps towards recovery and that she appreciates all the thoughts and prayers that you have all sent their way.

      http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/calstucky

      Thank you for stopping by on the site and asking about Cal.
      Rudy

  • katie

    After wAtching last nights show I was hit so hard with sadness. All night long I kept him in my prayers and will continue to do so. It is great to see that he has come along way and gets better it looks with each passing day. Please know that we are all here for the family. Even though you do not know us we are here to help in any way possible.

  • Patti Jo

    Thoughts and prayers to the Stucky family. I was so taken aback by this horrible accident. There is not much info. on the web. may I inquire as to what the injuries were? I think we all would like to know how he is and what he is facing. My roots run deep in ranching all though I am stuck in the city. I so respect our farmers and ranchers. God bless and stay strong!

    • Patti,
      I thank you for your comments on this horrible event. There is a website that you can visit so that you can check on Cal’s progress and also send messages to the family, if you would like. Renee told us that every day and every hour Cal is making great steps towards recovery and that she appreciates all the thoughts and prayers that you have all sent their way.

      http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/calstucky

      There is a fund named the Cal Stucky Assistance Fund has been set up at US Bank in Helena to help defray Stucky’s medical costs.

      The bank is at 302 N. Last Chance Gulch Helena, Montana 406-447-5215

      Thank you,
      Rudy

  • DeeDee

    My husband & I watch Last American Cowboy faithfully every week and were so upset after last nites episode. So of course our thoughts & prayers are also with Cal & his family. Glad to hear he’s improving daily and we will also be praying. Are donations still being taken?? If so, would you please provide the link. Thank you for your time.

    • DeeDee,
      The ending of last night’s episode was upsetting to many viewers including family members. Per your request I have provided the information to the fund named the Cal Stucky Assistance Fund has been set up at US Bank in Helena to help defray Stucky’s medical costs.

      The bank is at 302 N. Last Chance Gulch Helena, Montana 406-447-5215

      Keep watching the show as portrays the rancher/cowboy life at a high level and just how difficult it can be. It makes us appreciate that lifestyle and our own lives just a little more!

      Thank you,
      Rudy

  • melanie stock

    my husband and I just started watching Animal Planet’s Last American Cowboy. We love it but heartsick over this tragic accident. We’ve searched the internet for updats but haven’t seen a thing………how is Cal doing since the accident???? Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    The Stocks

  • Sheila

    The posts stop on December 8th, 2009. I just watched the episode the showed Cal’s accident at the very end. How is he doing?

    • Sheila & Melanie,
      Cal has made great strides in his progress and is getting better everyday. He and his family still have a long road ahead, but they are in good spirits. Cal is as strong-willed as Earl, so he will continue to get stronger in mind, body and soul!

      There is a website that you can visit so that you can check on Cal’s progress and also send messages to the family, if you would like. Renee told us that every day and every hour Cal is making great steps towards recovery and that she appreciates all the thoughts and prayers that you have all sent their way.

      http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/calstucky

      Thank you for stopping by on the site and asking about Cal.
      Rudy

  • Dick Pence

    Dear Cal, Renee and family. Just learned of Cal accident. I hunted with Cal in 2008. My thoughts and prayer are with you always. I beleive your faith and family resolve will get you through this.

    Dick

  • Cal continues to improve daily. He takes rides around the halls in a wheelchair usually pushed by Renee. These short rides have helped to increase Cal’s strength. His next big step in recovery will be specialized therapy of the body as well as helping him with his mind and memory.

    Cal contracted pneumonia several days ago but has been responding to the medication well. We realize that many of you are anxious to personally visit Cal at the hospital but we must reiterate the importance of limited visitation during this time that his body is fighting to heal from the injuries. His visitation is still limited to immediate family especially during this time while so many people are fighting colds and the flu. Thank you for your understanding and we will let you know when Cal can openly receive more visitors.

    Thank you all!

  • Dear Cal, Renee & family, Kathy and I (from the Washington Gulch Crew)are praying for a strong and quick recovery, We are also praying for the family that they may be assured that God will answer all of these prayers. May God continue to bless your family and heal Cal. With all of our thoughts and prayers Rick & Kathy Leamer

  • Mike Rumer

    Cal, Renee& family

    Upon receipt of this tramatic news my heart was sick, I am certainly very concerned about my friend. I will certainly have you all in our thoughts & prayers. I will continue to keep track of your progress. I know your strong & will work through these difficulties. Hope to talk soon!!

    Mike Rumer & family

  • Paul & Rennie Roat

    Cal, Renee and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult and trying time. We will see you in the spring, and I am confident that Cal will be well and strong by that time. He has a long road to go, however he has already come a long way..
    The Washington Gulch Crew…….

  • Paul Roat & Family

    Cal, Renee and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We will again see you all in the spring, and I am confident that Cal will be healed.
    The Wahington Gulch crew!

  • Since his move to St. Pat’s Cal has continued to show improvement.

    Renee received some very encouraging words from Cal – as the tracheotomy was removed he not only asked “What happened?” but also told Renee, “I love you!” Those are the first true words Cal has spoken since this journey began a month ago.

    Thank you for continuing to pray for healing for Cal!

  • Cal was transferred from ICU at Harborview in Seattle to St. Pat’s in Missoula today! He is fully aware of where he is going and said “Ok” yesterday. Wahoo! Cal is one step closer to home!

  • A new week begins with some good news to share! Cal is making improvements every day. He shows signs that he recognizes people in his presence. The focus right now is on overall healing plus they are working to strengthen his lungs to get him off the respirator full time.

    Also, you should know that his devoted wife and partner Renee has not missed one single day of his progress!

  • John,
    I am sure the Stucky’s are thankful for your wishes!

    This is the latest update as of Friday, August 28th.

    Several days ago Cal had a tracheotomy. That procedure went well. Currently, to help him breath, he is on a respirator part time to assist with the expansion and strengthening of his lungs. His body is still in the process of healing so please continue to pray.

    Thank you,
    Rudy

  • John Lundgren

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Cal and his family