The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 11th March 2017 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 13th May 2017. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

2017/0008, 92%, Pass

2017/0027, 88%, Pass

2017/0029, 90%, Pass

2017/0001, 80%, Pass

2017/0053, 92%, Pass

2017/0005, 86%, Pass

2017/0047, 88%, Pass

2017/0044, 80%, Pass

2017/0040, 90%, Pass

2016/0079, 80%, Pass

2017/0019, 96%, Pass

2017/0046, 90%, Pass

2017/0026, 98%, Pass

2017/0048, 80%, Pass

2017/0033, 82%, Pass

2017/0013, 96%, Pass

2017/0021, 94%, Pass

2017/0017, 96%, Pass

2017/0034, 92%, Pass

2017/0018, 94%, Pass

2017/0003, 88%, Pass

2017/0041, 94%, Pass

2017/0002, 82%, Pass

2017/0006, 92%, Pass

2017/0009, 100%, Pass

2017/0035, 84%, Pass

2017/0036, 84%, Pass

2017/0007, 92%, Pass

2017/0049, 94%, Pass

2017/0004, 92%, Pass

2017/0016, 96%, Pass

2017/0025, 98%, Pass

2017/0022, 94%, Pass

2017/0050, 86%, Pass

2017/0043, 92%, Pass

2017/0020, 96%, Pass

2017/0028, 86%, Pass

2011/0072, 100%, Pass

2017/0038, 94%, Pass

2017/0032, 90%, Pass

2017/0015, 94%, Pass

2017/0031, 90%, Pass

2017/0024, 92%, Pass

2017/0014, 98%, Pass

2015/0018, 94%, Pass

2017/0012, 90%, Pass

2017/0010, 92%, Pass

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were unsuccessful and is required to re-sit the MCQ stage before proceeding to any Range Test. The next scheduled HCAP MCQ will take place on Saturday 15th April 2017. The application fee for Repeat Candidates is €50.00. “Fail” grades may be appealed to the HCAP Assessment Committee, subject to written application accompanied by re-checking fee, €50.00. Where written application for re-checking is received, it is reviewed by the Committee at the next scheduled Committee meeting following receipt of application. Applications for re-checking must be received within 10 (ten) days of publication of results on this blog.

2017/0052, 74%, Fail

2017/0030, 66%, Fail.





The following is a list of Candidates eligible to participate in the HCAP MCQ taking place at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 15th April 2017 in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.

The Range Test for Candidates succeeding in this MCQ and that held on 11th March 2017 will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017 at the Midlands National Shooting Centre, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly commencing at 10.00 a.m. sharp.


This list will be updated regularly between date of first posting and date of MCQ. In case of query please email deeralliance@gmail.com or text 086 1927 845.

Bak, Grzegorz, 2017/0067
Baranowski, Piotr, 2017/0070/72
Barrell, Alan, 2017/0075
Barry, John, 2017/0076
Brandt, Piotr, 2017/0063
Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brophy, Justin, 2016/0076
Brown, Bernard, 2016/0005
Carey, John Paul, 2016/0006
Caschera, Massimo, 2017/0023
Cotter, Mark, 2017/0056
Cunningham, Bryan, 2016/0013
Dore, Michael, 2017/0042
Dunne, Jonathon, 2017/0051
Gillespie, Liam, 2016/0026
Hughes, Timothy, 2017/0055
Jablonski, Adrian, 2017/0060
Jacek, Rafal, 2017/0066
Jaszczak, Pawel, 2017/0065
Kaszluga, Jacek, 2017/0062
Kaszluga, Mateusz, 2017/0058
Kelly, Kenneth, 2017/0039
Kubien, Rafal, 2017/0068
Malaszuk, Grzegorz, 2017/0071
Manning, Maurice, 2017/0078
McCullough, Brian, 2017/0054
McEnroe, Dermot, 2016/0011
McEnroy, Connor, 2017/0037
Munteanu, Lilian, 2017/0061
O’Meara, Paul, 2017/0079
Prendergast, Denis, 2016/010
Raggett, Damien, 2017/0077
Slepecki, Andrzej, 2017/0073
Smith, Brendan, 2017/0080
Tierney, Mark, 2017/0045
Wawrzyniak, Jacek, 2017/0064
Wysoczanski, Grzegorz, 2017/0069
Ziach, Lukasz, 2017/0059

Candidates are reminded that, subject to demand, an optional Training Workshop will usually take place at the same venue as the HCAP MCQ, running from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on the same day. The Workshop carries an add-on charge of €50.00, payable on the day. See earlier posting for further details


The Results of the HCAP MCQ held on Saturday 11th Mach 2017 will be posted here on or by 27th March 2017 (HCAP Number and result only).

The next HCAP MCQ will be held at the Ionad Dara Community Centre in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny on Saturday 15th April 2017 at 4.00 p.m. sharp.


Group Training

An optional Training Workshop for HCAP Candidates will be held on Saturday 11th March 2017 in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.

The Workshop, which is structured to assist Candidates sitting the MCQ at 4.00 p.m. on the same day (same venue) is entirely optional and carries an additional cost of €50.00, payable on the day. The Workshop will commence at 10.00 a.m. sharp and will run to approximately 3.30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Lunch is not provided.

Candidates wishing to participate should text 086 1927 845 or email deeralliance@gmail.com before Friday 10th March 2017.



Deer cull figures for the years 1994/95 to 2014/15 based on returns submitted annually by licensed hunters have been made available by the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

The figures are broken down by county and by deer species (red deer, fallow deer, sika deer and red/sika hybrids) and by gender.

They show a gradual increase in the annual cull from 4749 deer in 1995 to 31589 deer in 2015.

The data can be downloaded as an Excel Worksheet here Deer Cull Returns 1995-2015


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The first HCAP MCQ of 2017 will take place at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 11th March 2017 and will be preceded by an optional Training Workshop running from 10.00 to 3.30 p.m. The Workshop carries an additional cost of €50.00 payable on the day.

A second MCQ will take place at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 15th April 2017 and will also be supported by a Training Workshop.

The venue for both MCQs is confirmed as the Ionad Dara Centre in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.

The cost of HCAP is €150.00 (non-refundable), to include MCQ Assessment through to and including Range Test. Repeat Fee cost is €50.00 (if a Candidate needs to repeat the MCQ the cost is €50.00, or if a Candidate, having passed the MCQ, needs to repeat the Range Test, the cost is €50.00).

The Range Test for successful candidates from these MCQs will take place at the Midland National Shooting Centre on Saturday 13th May 2017, commencing at 10.00 a.m.

Applications including payment for HCAP can be made through the Online Application section of the website, www.deeralliance.ie. The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual can be purchased through the same channel.

Deer Alliance HCAP is a not-for-profit operation and all revenues are dedicated to ongoing administration and enhancement of the programme. Candidates should note that all communication is done through this “News & Updates” section of the website, individual communication with Candidates is not possible.



The website of the Irish Deer Management Forum is now live and can be accessed at www.idmf.ie or www.deerforum.ie (either or both URLs will bring visitors to the site).

The site is still a work-in-progress and will be updated regularly over the coming days and weeks, particularly with regard to News and Key Recommendations.



The Donegal News recently carried an informative commentary from the Wild Deer Association of Ireland regarding current controversies relating to wild deer in Donegal. Read the full article below (click to enlarge).

Donegal News 2.12.2016

Trophy Heads and Deer Management

 Trophy Sika October 2016 Wicklow ITC

Excellent Sika trophy head, Wicklow, October 2016
(photo courtesy of Irish Trophy Commission). Click to enlarge.

Exceptional heads such as those posted recently on various Facebook pages  and hunting websites  are always worthy of note and quite often reflect prolonged and sustained periods of careful and selective management over time. In the right circumstances the hunters concerned deserve utmost credit and their trophies rightly become favoured mementos of a successful stalk and a reward for patience and restraint in previous years. In other circumstances it is often a case of merely being in the right (or wrong) place at the right time. This is the conundrum faced by all managers of wild deer – and a situation aggravated by a theme emanating from certain quarters, that all deer should be shot on sight for fear of human economic damage (disease, agricultural and forestry damage and other unproven claims).

Although there can be little doubt that the deer population has expanded greatly in recent years, mainly due to environmental factors including climate change, at the same time hunter activity and the declared annual cull have increased not just in tandem but at a greater rate. Unfortunately there is also a strong farming lobby which appears determined to attribute to deer extreme levels of damage including spread of bovine tuberculosis from deer to cattle. Despite best efforts by vested interests, the link remains to be proven, and badgers are far more likely to be the cause of contagion than deer, with the “long acre” being consigned to history by modern screening, tagging and testing.

The fact is, we have no idea of how many wild deer we have, which makes sustainable management difficult, to say the least. The declared annual cull by licensed hunters over recent years has been in excess of 30,000 to 32,000 deer a year, which just thirty years ago might have the best estimate of the total population. Recently a population of 300,000 was attributed to a spokesperson for the National Parks & Wildlife Service (although no spokesperson is prepared to be identified or to cite sources for this extraordinary figure). Reports from licensed hunters on the ground (who after all number in excess of 4500 and who spend a combined average of up to half a million man-hours on the ground each year) suggest that the figure is significantly lower than 300,000, and probably closer to 120,000 to 130,000. This is still a significant figure and a very measurable increase in population over the last two decades in particular.

How to achieve a balanced and sustainable population compatible with human economic interests is the challenge and this challenge will not be met by any unhealthy emphasis on trophy heads. Trophy heads can be the result of efficient management and careful culling, which must be based on control of numbers. Numbers can only be controlled by shooting the appropriate number of female and juvenile deer (including juvenile males), and quality heads will follow when numbers are matched by available food supply (excluding farm and forestry crops).

Step One: Know how many deer are on the ground, including approximate breakdown by age and gender.

Step Two: Produce a cull plan and agree that plan with other stakeholders (including local landowners and foresters)

Step Three: Work in conjunction with other hunters, ideally by working as a local Deer Management Group. The Hunting Protocol produced recently by the Manor Kilbride Deer Management Group is a good blueprint.

Step Four: Keep accurate records and review cull figures and revised population estimates annually.

If these simple guidelines are followed, sustainable local populations of deer will be achieved, problems will be kept in check and quality trophy heads will follow as surely as night follows day. Give promising young males time to develop and give especially good animals the opportunity to pass on their genes. Don’t be in rush to shoot the best head in the herd, because that will make little or no difference to numbers, it will just lead to indifferent quality. Keep your focus on females and juveniles and remember, annihilation is not the objective.