The Walk-In Areas Program started in 1988 with 23,161 acres. Gigliotti said the state spent $2.2 million last year to lease more than 1.2 million acres from farmers and ranchers, and estimated spending by hunters on the days they used walk-in areas amounted to at least $15 million. Most hunters said the program included good wildlife habitat and was important to their overall hunting, Gigliotti said. The survey found 69 percent of resident hunters and 72 percent of nonresident hunters were satisfied with the program. The program is "probably one of the most positive things we do for hunters," Gigliotti told the commission, which sets hunting and fishing rules for the state. Without the program, many people would have trouble finding places to hunt, Gigliotti said.