Governor Stitt agrees to one-year extension with Choctaw Nation on hunting and fishing compact
Governor Kevin Stitt announced today that the State of Oklahoma has agreed to a one-year extension with the Choctaw Nation on the hunting and fishing compact that was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
“I appreciate the Choctaw Nation working with my office and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation on a one-year hunting and fishing compact extension,” said Gov. Stitt. “This compact continues a partnership between the State of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation to capture federal funds for conservation efforts across our state while promoting hunting and fishing opportunities for citizens of the Choctaw Nation.”
Under the compact, the Choctaw Nation will purchase compact licenses for its Oklahoma residents between the ages of 16 and 64 years old. Each compact license encompasses regulatory requirements and certain rights including those of an annual Oklahoma hunting license and an annual Oklahoma fishing license.
Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton and Gov. Stitt signed the compact extension Monday evening.
“The Choctaw Nation is pleased to continue its partnership with the State of Oklahoma on a renewed hunting and fishing compact through Dec. 31, 2021,” said Chief Batton. “This agreement enables us to continue a benefit to our tribal members who enjoy the great outdoors and support hunting and fishing as part of our rich cultural traditions.”
The compact between the State and Choctaw Nation first went into effect on Jan.1, 2017 and originally expired on Dec. 31, 2019. This is the second one-year extension of the compact.
To read the full compact, click here.