David Foltz, game warden stationed in Garfield Co., is the newest recipient of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s Game Warden of the Year and Shikar Safari Club International’s Officer of the Year awards.
Foltz, who was presented with the honors at the December meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, works closely with other Department employees both in the law enforcement division as well as other divisions and is active in a number of projects and programs of the Wildlife Department. He was hired as a game warden in September of 1980 and has served in Garfield County ever since.
Foltz’s father, Delbert Foltz, is a retired game warden for the Wildlife Department and received the Oklahoma Game Warden of the Year Award in 1978.
“David is an asset to the Department, and he’s made us proud,” said Robert Fleenor, law enforcement chief for the Wildlife Department. "David has community spirit and is a great asset to the sportsmen of our state. His qualities go above and beyond what's required in his normal duties as a game warden."
Not only does Foltz have a strong working knowledge of his assigned county and surrounding area, but he knows the sportsmen and landowners in the region and frequently works with other game wardens in his district.
Foltz attended Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, while working in construction. In his spare time he enjoys hunting and fishing and working on old automobiles.
Shikar-Safari Club International was started more than 55 years ago and is limited to 200 members worldwide. While it is a social organization, its sole purpose is hunting and conservation and issues that affect hunters and conservation. The club has a foundation that puts almost $1 million into wildlife and conservation every year, including more than 30 scholarships a year for children of wildlife professionals majoring in wildlife fields. The scholarships, each $4,000 a year, are designed to perpetuate an interest in wildlife careers and conservation.
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