Maryland's Cooperative Wildlife Management Area Program provides public hunting on selected private lands surrounding the Baltimore metropolitan area. An agreement is signed by the landowner permitting tbe Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Administration to manage the wildlife resource on his property. The Wildlife Administration, in return, is responsible for posting the area, establishing access points, repairing hunter caused property damage and controlling hunter use by issuing daily permits. A total of2,899 ha (30 units) were open during the 1979-1980 hunting season. One thousand seventy nine different hunters utilized 56.7 percent of the 7,523 permits available during the 1979-'80 hunting season. Sixty-seven percent of hunters using the program were from the Baltimore area.