You don’t need 1,000 acres to hold a good buck into the late season. I’d done some logging in an old woodlot, planted a couple of plots, put in a pond, and let the cover grow up. The whole area is only 12 acres, bordered by public ground. Split Ear pretty much moved in and claimed the spot as his core area. Now every year there seems to be a mature buck that does the same. I hunt it carefully and only on the fringes.