Oklahoma Wildlife Commissioner Term Confirmed

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The Wildlife Conservation Commission term of Clinton attorney Mart Tisdal, who in 2007 was named by Gov. Brad Henry to serve the remainder of the district seven term vacated by Wade Brinkman's resignation, was recently confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.

The Wildlife Conservation Commission is the eight-member governing board of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Wildlife Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets policy for the Wildlife Department and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Commission district seven includes Ellis, Dewey, Roger Mills, Custer, Beckham, Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Jackson, Harmon and Tillman counties.

Tisdal, whose appointment on the Commission runs until 2011, was born and raised in Clinton and founded Tisdal Law Firm, a general practice legal office which has oil and gas, environmental law and complex litigation among its areas of focus. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to receiving numerous professional awards, he has served as the president of the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. He is also a veteran, having served on active duty in the U.S. Army, field artillery, from 1971-73.

An avid quail hunter, Tisdal says he has many fond memories of growing up in western Oklahoma.

"I started out hunting quail with my dad and granddad when I was about seven or eight years old," he said. "My first shotgun was a .410, but I quickly graduated to a 20-gauge Browning Auto Five which I still use to this day. My dad, at 87 years young, accompanies us on several family quail hunts each year. He can still shoot with the best of them."

In addition to training what he calls his "four hard-headed pointers," Tisdal enjoys turkey hunting, fishing, golf, running, snow skiing, and just being outdoors. He also has a keen interest in wildlife conservation. Tisdal and his wife, Marian, have a daughter, Julia, who lives and works in New York City, and son, Logan, who is currently working in Vietnam. He says sharing Oklahoma's outdoor heritage with the next generation is an important part of the future of conservation.

"Preserving and passing on the outdoor tradition is important to me," he said. "We need to ensure even greater open access to outdoor opportunities, and market those opportunities in such a way that we continue, and even improve upon, our outdoor traditions."

"I think our outdoor opportunities exist today because of many people who have worked for the Wildlife Department and dedicated their careers to that cause. Certainly, there are ways to expand those opportunities, and I think that should always be a part of the agenda."