Cherokee Nation Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Cherokee Nation Wildlife Conservation Department is tasked with the preservation of wildlife across the reservation. The department implements programs to promote fishing and hunting for tribal citizens, including annual controlled hunts at the Sequoyah Hunting Preserve.

As you may be aware, Governor Kevin Stitt has rejected any extension of the existing hunting and fishing compact between the Cherokee Nation and the State of Oklahoma. The compact, which has been in place since 2016, ended December 31, 2021. Although the Governor’s decision is disappointing, Cherokee Nation citizens retain treaty reserved hunting and fishing rights within our reservation in northeastern Oklahoma.

As of January 1, 2022, the Cherokee Nation Game and Fish Code (Title 29) will continue to apply within the Cherokee Nation reservation boundaries. To answer questions, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, available at If you have a question that is not addressed in the FAQs, please reach out to our office via email: