Let's talk shop! Forestry has always been an interest of mine. I have the chance to purchase 17 acres in Randolph county that was previously planted in pines, and all the mature trees have been cut from the property approximately 6-8 years ago. Currently it is FULL of volunteer pines that are an average of 10' tall. The pines were sprayed last year, or year before to kill all other growth. I'm told it needs a thinning. It is surrounded by other planted pine/hardwood tracks, some of which are leased for hunting. Hunting all around this tract is very good, and it fronts a county road.
Hunting, shooting, and growing pines are all I would do with it. If I were to buy it, I'd like to farm these trees and grow them to be mature (plantation-esque:wink), and maybe build a little cabin on the very front of it one day. Since the pines weren't planted, can I expect them to produce and can I farm them like planted trees? Soil is above average to good but a little rocky.