Joy of Hunting
Joy of Hunting
Joy of Hunting
Joy of Hunting

Joy of Hunting

Shepherd, MT

350 acres

Joy of Hunting

Shepherd, MT

Hunting Preserve​​/​​Wingshooting School Hosted by Bruce and Anne Kania Joy of Hunting is both a unique pheasant hunting preserve​​,​​ managed and guided by Bruce and Anne​​,​​ and a wingshooting “school”​​,​​ where women can take bird-hunting lessons from another woman (Anne) who is an understanding coach and skilled hunter. Joy of Hunting Pheasant Preserve: Our 340-acre property is situated on the bluffs overlooking the Yellowstone River near Shepherd​,​​ MT​​,​​ where we enjoy over a mile of river frontage and grand views towards the mountains. The property is intensively managed for pheasants​​,​​ with food plots​​,​​ roosting areas and unplanted ground strategically linked to ensure an exciting bird hunt that is as close to wild hunting as you can get. The nesting success on our property ensures we have a steady and plentiful wild population. We supplement with released birds frequently to ensure that hunters enjoy a fast and furious hunting experience! We provide accommodations in our home​​,​​ which has the quality of an intimate hunting lodge​​,​​ with private quarters and separate bathrooms for a small number of guests. The lodge is situated in a park-like setting surrounded by mature trees. Our spectacular vista across the river is particularly fine with a glass of wine in hand. Our clay-target thrower is sited so guests can enjoy the view while honing their shooting skills. Our home chef prepares imaginative and delicious meals with a paleo​​,​​ wild game focus. Fish Fry Lake​​,​​ our 6.5-acre fishing hole​​,​​ boasts a catch-rate of 1 fish per minute at peak​​,​​ and guests are welcome to cast for bluegill​​,​​ pumpkinseed​​,​​ black crappie​​,​​ northern yellow perch​​,​​ smallmouth and largemouth bass when their feet are sore from hunting. You can tie into bass over six pounds on Fish Fry Lake! And you have the option of fishing from floating islands​​,​​ an incredibly unique waterscape feature​​,​​ or a canoe. Being next to the Yellowstone and with lots of wetlands and ponds on the property​​,​​ we often enjoy excellent waterfowling​​,​​ especially woodies early in the season. Geese and mallards are here throughout the season. Late season field hunts from our ground blinds can be productive​,​ fun and comfortable. Contact us closer to the time to inquire about availability. Our preserve season runs from 1 September to 31 March but​​,​​ realistically​​,​​ we don’t hunt until around 12th September when the weather gets cooler for dogs. Duck and goose season follows Montana's regulations for Zone 1 of the Central Flyway. Every year there are changes but generally we have a split season that starts late Sept ​/​ early Oct for days; a 2-week break; then opens again till mid January (ducks) - late January (geese). Anne Kania’s Joy of Hunting Wingshooting School: Based at the Joy of Hunting Preserve​​,​​ Anne offers coaching​​,​​ primarily to women who want to learn to hunt from another woman. Anne is very easy to get along with​​,​ will go at your pace and put your comfort above all. She’s an excellent shotgunner and an experienced and avid hunter – and she’s fun to be around. Anne works with beginners who have never shot a gun before through to seasoned shooters who want to tune up their hunting skills. A beginner package typically consists of an initial shotgun fitting​​,​​ eye-dominance test and a few practice shots; a longer lesson where the guest moves through the different aspects of target shooting; specific drills to prepare for hunting; a dry run in the field with the focus on safe handling of the gun; and finally a full hunt over dogs. The emphasis is on skills acquisition and confidence building. For more experienced shooters​​,​​ greater emphasis will be placed on shooting for the field; all aspects of safety; more about dogs; more about birds; and a full hunt. Guests can choose between short​​,​​ frequent sessions or a longer stay. Two full days is recommended for overnight visitors. Costs for the beginner package: Local guests​​,​​ without overnight stay: 8 hours over 3 – 4 days: $325 For guests staying on the property: $875 for 2 full days and 3 nights. Included in price: airport transfers​​,​​ meals​​,​​ lodging​​,​​ clay targets​​,​​ target shells​​,​​ outdoor kennels. Not included: Preserve hunting licenses​​,​​ bird cleaning​​,​​ gun hire (if available). Group and couple discounts available.

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Land Details

Food Plots • Agriculture

Hunting & Fishing Details

Hunting Methods
Hunting Amenities
  • Ground Blinds (1)
Game Species
  • Duck - $100.00
  • Pheasant - $295.00
Fishing Methods
Fly Fishing
Artificial Lure
Live Bait
Fish Species
Fishing rates are set at a flat fee $25.00 per day.
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Yellow Perch

Details & Ground Rules

  • Campfires: Not allowed
  • Pets: Allowed on property
  • ATV's: Not allowed
  • Parking: Yes
  • Vehicles: 0 Allowed
  • Drive-in Access: Yes
  • Walk-in Access: No
  • Sportsmen: 3 Allowed

Landowner Rules: -Hunters must hunt with a trained bird dog, either theirs or ours. -Maximum number of birds included in cost per hunter per day: 6 (extra charge for more than 6). -Half-Day hunts available – 3-bird limit. -Hunting lesson hunt: 3-bird limit -We have a policy of resting the property between hunts to manage the pressure on birds. We may ask for flexibility if your preferred date is not available. Fishing rules: - Rigorous slot-limits are maintained. In general, we keep the big spawners and harvest the small fish.

Cancellation Policy: A Sportsman on LandTrust has 48 hours from the time the Landowner accepts their booking request to cancel their booking and receive a full refund. After 48 hours from the moment the Landowner accepts a booking, there is no refund available to the Sportsman. View Policy.


Reviews (1)5.0
  • Nic D
    Nic D
    October 2020

    The Shepard Lodge was an incredible experience. Anne & Bruce were great hosts who take great pride in habitat management that produces one of a kind hunting & fishing opportunities. We showed up on a Saturday afternoon in preparation for our Sunday morning pheasant hunt and were warmly greeted by Anne & Bruce at their beautiful lodge. We immediately went out to fish on Fish Fry Lake which is their beautiful, immaculately managed fishery. Bruce is an aquaculturist who uses Fish Fry Lake as his testing grounds for new products & methods of aquaculture which has led to one of the BEST fisheries in Montana. Our group caught 2lb crappie, 40+ large bluegill and I caught a 3-4lb largemouth bass (I missed a couple bigger fish!) Saturday evening Bruce & Anne had prepared a lovely meal and we had drinks and discussed how they approach managing their farm for the best habitat for fish & wildlife. They are truly passionate about this. Sunday morning we were up at dawn with a hearty breakfast prepared by Bruce and he walked us out to the pheasant fields and showed us our hunt plan for the day. We immediately got into birds and, although the wind was blowing 25-35 MPH, we managed to get quite a few roosters and saw tons more. It's important to note, although this is technically a 'preserve' for pheasant hunting, you would NEVER know that any of the birds on the property have been released. They have a very healthy wild bird population and the way that they release birds has them integrated into the wild population and they have significant holdover from season to season. Of the 3 roosters that I harvested, 2 were wild. This is not one of those preserves that put birds out 30mins before your hunt with birds that sit and look at you and simply want to fly back to their pen. We'll be back many more times for this one of a kind experience. Thanks, Anne & Bruce!

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Anne K

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Hello from Bruce and me! We're glad you found us and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful corner of Montana! We love making new friends through hunting on…

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Hello from Bruce and me! We're glad you found us and we look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful corner of Montana! We love making new friends through hunting on…