Wasn't a lease but I hunted/wandered in the off-season a few thousand acres around my dads house from when I was about 7 into my mid-20s. We knew it inside and out. Just 2 or 3 of us would kill 8-10 deer every year (a lot for these parts).
Then the farmer sold it. My dad could only afford a small piece of land in another county. Fortunately the farmer there let us hunt his land too. The hunting was ok but not like land you've known for 20 years. We've learned the land now and do just fine but it sure took a few years of tag soup before we figured it out.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.