Been reading numerous posts on leasing pro/cons.Haven't read any landowner comments that I remember,so here are my views on this topic. Over the last 30 years ,we(wife and myself) have acquired 400 + acres.Worked our tails off raising tobacco,hay, a few rows crops along with holding down regular jobs,but paid off all the loans taken out over the years. Wasn't always easy,but we did it. Had to do without yearly vacations,all the new and latest toys to make payments! Is land ownership worth it?ABSOLUTLY YES!!!! We have spent countless hours and a good chuck of money improving property to enhance wildlife habitat .Now have good deer,turkey and small game numbers.In all these years,have never had anyone volunteer to help in any way on farm for opportunity to hunt. Come hunting season,seems everyone is your buddy.After season ,they disappear.Sometimes not even a Thank You! We do some leasing,which helps pay taxes and do more habitat improvement.With the tough economic times and declining farm revenues,I predict leasing will become more prevelent as farmers seach for additional revenue sources on their land. While some look down on leasing, it is another tool that a lot of landowners are using to help offset the high costs of providing a healthy habitat for wildlife. For me ,leasing is a viable option that helps to continue improving the land for wildlife and allows me to continue good land stewardship. Leasing may not be your cup of tea,but it's a sign of the times to come.