By Tee Clarkson

In places like Texas, 10,000 acre properties aren’t uncommon, but we don’t have many of those left here in Virginia any more. As the population of the Commonwealth has grown, property has become fragmented into smaller parcels, often making life hard on both wildlife and hunters both.

Still, there are a few, and a couple weeks ago I met Ronnie Pembelton for a tour his property in Amelia. At 12,000 contiguous acres, it would take a day if not more to drive all the roads. To get a sense of the expanse of that much land, one could launch a canoe at first light at the top of his property on the Appomattox River and be hard pressed to paddle the 15 miles downstream to the end of the property before he or she ran out of light.

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