Who is eligible to hunt and fish within the Cherokee Nation Reservation?

Cherokee Nation tribal citizens are eligible to hunt and fish within the Cherokee Nation Reservation in accordance with tribal laws, which requires a Cherokee Nation citizenship "blue" card or Cherokee Nation ID as a valid hunting and fishing license. Individuals who are not Cherokee Citizens are eligible to hunt and fish within the reservation in accordance with state law. 

Why won’t there be state/tribal compact licenses in 2022?

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt declined to extend the existing hunting and fishing compact with the Cherokee Nation for 2022 and beyond. However, the Cherokee Nation is open to partnerships with the state wildlife and conservation agencies for the management of our shared wildlife resources, while continuing to assert treaty-reserved hunting and fishing rights in accordance with tribal law. 

What documentation does a Cherokee Nation citizen need to have to hunt/fish on the Reservation?

You will need proof of valid Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship, which can include your Cherokee Nation-issued Identification card or citizenship "blue" card. Additional forms of ID may be requested to confirm identity. In addition, Hunter Safety course completion is required for citizens under the age of 31. Also exempt from Hunters Safety are citizens who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces, are currently on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces, or are members of the National Guard.

How does a Cherokee Nation citizen get a copy of their tribal citizenship card?

Contact Cherokee Nation Registration. 

Will a Cherokee Nation citizen be eligible to hunt and fish if his/her tribal citizenship application has not yet been processed?

No, the citizenship application must be approved, and a tribal citizenship card issued, by the Cherokee Nation Registration office. At this time, non-Cherokee Nation citizens will need to obtain a hunting and fishing license from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to hunt and fish within the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

Does a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen have to reside in Oklahoma to hunt/fish on Cherokee Nation lands?

No, all Cherokee Nation citizens, regardless of residency, are permitted to hunt and fish within the Cherokee Nation Reservation in accordance with Cherokee Nation law. 

Where can a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen hunt and fish?

Cherokee citizens can only hunt and fish within the Cherokee Nation Reservation, subject to applicable trespassing laws and respect for private property rights. Cherokee Nation has set aside public lands for Cherokee Nation citizens to hunt and fish which can be found on the following map: Cherokee Nation Public Lands.

What if a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen wants to hunt/fish outside of the Cherokee Nation Reservation boundaries?

At this time, it is best to obtain a valid State of Oklahoma hunting and fishing license and follow applicable laws for hunting, fishing, and related activities outside the Cherokee Nation Reservation boundaries.

What does a Cherokee Nation citizen need to do if they already have a valid Oklahoma Hunting/Fishing license?

If a Cherokee Nation citizen has a license with the State of Oklahoma, that license will continue to be valid until expiration.

Where does a Cherokee Nation tribal citizen get deer or turkey tags?

Under Cherokee Nation law Cherokee Nation citizens are not required to purchase tags, however, bag limits and season dates apply and wildlife harvest must be checked in on the Gadugi Portal.

Are Cherokee Nation citizens required to have a duck stamp?

Yes. All federal regulation and requirements related to migratory game bird harvest apply to Cherokee Nation citizens hunting and fishing within the Cherokee Nation Reservation.  

Can a Cherokee Nation citizen hunt year round?

Cherokee Nation citizens may hunt and fish in accordance with adopted season dates and bag limits which coincide with Oklahoma wildlife conservation standards.

How does a Cherokee Nation citizen check in their deer, turkey, paddlefish, etc.?

Cherokee Nation citizens must report applicable fish and game harvest on the Gadugi Portal

Can a Cherokee Nation citizen report their harvest from a cell phone?

Yes, but a reliable internet connection or cell service is required for successful submission.

Is there a bag limit?

Yes, Cherokee Nation has adopted bag limits and season dates within the Cherokee Nation Reservation which coincide with Oklahoma wildlife conservation standards.

What happens if a Cherokee Nation citizen receives a ticket for not having a state-issued hunting/fishing license?

Cherokee Nation maintains dedicated law enforcement within the Reservation as well as cross-deputation agreements with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. It is possible that you could be cited for violations of Cherokee Nation fish and game law, which will be resolved in the Cherokee Nation courts. However, if a Cherokee Nation citizen receives a citation for a license violation within the Reservation boundaries, please contact the Cherokee Nation Wildlife Conservation Department at wildlife@cherokee.org or 918-453-5333