We had a club for 15 yrs, Indian Bluff Hunt Club, in NW Alabama, that was about 4000 acres at its largest. We had to steadily take on more members to meet the rising rates. About 10 years ago, the state bought it as part of a WMA. My thought, then and now, was, better public access than no access. It was about to the point that average working fellas could not afford it and the only folks that could were docs and lawyers. But it will never be the equal of what it was in the old days.
My curent lease, The 6-Pt Club, has been logged and lost a large portion of what was once fantastic hardwood ridges. They cut down a lot of memories, and that place too will never be the same.