Cherokee Nation begins mailing Oklahoma hunting, fishing licenses

01/15/2020 08:30 AM
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Caleb Gritts, Cherokee Nation support services technician, packages Oklahoma hunting and fishing licenses that are being mailed to eligible CN citizens. COURTESY
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Cherokee Nation citizens eligible for a renewed Oklahoma hunting and fishing license can receive an electronic version of their 2020 license from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation “Go Outdoors Oklahoma” smartphone app. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – For the fifth consecutive year, the Cherokee Nation is mailing hunting and fishing licenses to CN citizens residing in Oklahoma.

CN officials said the licenses come on the heels of the 2020 compact renewal, and eligible CN citizens were expected to receive hunting and fishing licenses in the mail in January.  

Licenses for CN citizens who received a compact license in 2019 have automatically renewed for 2020, officials said. Although the CN is in the process of mailing paper licenses, tribal citizens eligible for renewed licenses can receive electronic versions of their 2020 licenses from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website or “Go Outdoors Oklahoma” smartphone app. 

CN citizens living in Oklahoma who have not previously requested a hunting and fishing license, or need a replacement copy, can visit Click here to view and download the citizen information/update form. 

“The hunting and fishing compact between the Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma reinforces the rights of Cherokee citizens to hunt and fish within our jurisdiction, a tradition that dates back generations,” Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “The compact further benefits Cherokee citizens by allowing them to hunt and fish statewide, which is an added value to Cherokee citizens across Oklahoma. The extended compact is also a win for the state of Oklahoma because it opens the door to millions of dollars in federal funding that can be used for wildlife conservation efforts. This makes our state a better place to live for all of us.” 

The CN and state officially renewed the compact in December. Through the agreement, the tribe will issue up to 150,000 Oklahoma hunting and fishing licenses that are valid in all 77 of the state’s counties. In 2020, license holders will receive a single turkey tag and a single universal deer tag, which can be used for antlered or doe in any approved manner of take, consistent with current state bag limits, restrictions and season dates. 

“I’m pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with the state for the 2020 compact extension, which includes a more flexible deer tag,” CN Secretary of Natural Resources Chad Harsha said. “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from Cherokee citizens who enjoy the compact and the opportunity to hunt and fish across the state. I look forward to working with the state over the next year on a longer-term compact that incorporates Chief Hoskin’s priority of expanded access.” 

The hunting and fishing compact between the CN and Oklahoma, the first of its kind in the country, originally went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, and included an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2018. A subsequent one-year extension was later signed, and in December 2019, a new one-year extension of the agreement was signed with an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2020.


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