Governor Kevin Stitt announced today that the State of Oklahoma has signed a one-year extension with Choctaw Nation on the hunting and fishing compact that was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019. Earlier today, the governor announced a similar extension with the Cherokee Nation.
“This compact extends a partnership between the state of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation to capture federal funds for conservation efforts across our great state while promoting hunting and fishing opportunities for members of the Choctaw Nation that are also Oklahoma residents,” said Gov. Kevin Stitt.
The compact gives statewide hunting and fishing rights to all Choctaw Nation citizens who are also Oklahoma residents. Under the compact, the Choctaw Nation must purchase and issue a minimum of 50,000 compact licenses to its Oklahoma residents between the ages of 16 and 65 years old at a fee of $2 a license. Each compact license encompasses the rights and regulatory requirements of an annual Oklahoma hunting license, an annual Oklahoma fishing license, and additional privileges.
The compacts between the State and the Choctaw Nation first went into effect on January 1, 2017, under the Fallin administration. The original compact included a termination date of Dec. 31, 2019.
The governor’s press release from early today about the agreement first made with the Cherokee Nation can be read here:http://bit.ly/35dbfuC