Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. signed an executive order Monday asserting the tribe’s treaty right for citizens to hunt and fish within the Cherokee Nation Reservation, regardless of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s refusal to renegotiate previous hunting and fishing compacts with tribes.
Hoskin said the Cherokee Nation will rely on its existing law to regulate hunting and fishing activities among Cherokee citizens within the tribe’s reservation area in Northeast Oklahoma.
At this time, the Cherokee Nation will not issue a specific hunting or fishing license, but will allow Cherokee citizens to use their tribal citizenship card or Cherokee Nation photo ID in place of a license. Cherokee citizens will be required to follow bag limits and season dates in accordance with Cherokee Nation law, which align with those of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Hunters and anglers must still have landowner permission to hunt and fish on private property, as they always have.
The Cherokee Nation will introduce an electronic check system for reporting wildlife harvest using the tribe’s Gadugi Portal system online at https://gadugiportal.cherokee.org later this month.
Cherokee citizens can go online here to find answers to the most commonly asked questions about Cherokee Nation hunting and fishing regulations, a copy of tribal laws pertaining to hunting and fishing, as well as a map of Cherokee Nation properties available for hunting and fishing.
The existing hunting and fishing compact between the Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma expires Dec. 31.