During the late 1980's and early 1990's we saw old idle/vacant farms (mostly marginal land lost from agricultural production during the farm crisis of the 1980's) transformed into recreational farms and recreational timberland. Ag commodity prices were low (recall Jimmy Carter's grain embargo), and the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) was born, and marginal cropland was planted in pine trees.
As Alabama's economy grew and recovered from the ag crisis, more and more of these recreational farms and timber tracts continued to be improved for recreational hunting, and landowners learned that deer and turkey thrive on the edge of woodlands and open-land. During that time, we saw many smaller farms being acquired by adjoining landowners, and then we recognized that 600 to 1,000 acres was an ideal size for managing wildlife. Alabama's land owners discovered the high fence and then the Alabama hunting plantation boom was born.
Yes, whether "free roam" or "high fenced", we are also experienced in appraising hunting plantations.