In some states, program managers use a “group” license option for their participants. This option allows every member of the program to fish with one “blanket” license. However, these licenses are valid only for the time and location of the event.

Other options include short-term licenses, family licenses, or annual licenses. Annual licenses are the preferred option, because they allow (and encourage) participants to continue to fish on their own after the program ends.

Most programs encourage participants to use the state's on-line license purchasing processes. These systems, if well designed, are important tools for tracking and evaluating long-term participation. However, in order effectively track long-term participation, your state system needs to be able to assign a unique customer number to each participant. The system also needs to be periodically “scrubbed” to eliminate duplicate entries, and consolidate and keep a person’s license buying history in one location. See the National Hunting & Shooting Sports Action Plan (Second Content Draft) for more information on setting up a licensing system to provide optimum tracking data.

In a few situations, participants pay a fee to participate in the program, and the fee includes the cost of a participant's fishing license. In other situations, participants are encouraged to purchase a higher-cost license in lieu of charging a fee for the program.