Study in concentration. Candidates undertaking the HCAP MCQ on 10th March 2018 (Click to enlarge)

The next HCAP MCQ in the 2018 Series will take place on Saturday 5th May 2018 at 4.00 p.m. (note change of date) in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. Subject to confirmation, the Range Test for successful candidates from this MCQ will take place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 10.00 a.m. on the day in question.

Candidates are requested to make a permanent note of their individual HCAP Number (eight digits).

Cashman, Vincent, 2018/0006
Delaney, Liam, 2017/0175
Flaherty, James, 2018/0051
Flynn, David, 2018/0053
Forde, Desmond, 2017/0177
Gallagher, Thomas, 2018/0034
Galvin, Emmet, 2018/0005
Graham, David, 2018/0028
Hegarty, Michael, 2017/0186
Hickey, Gary, 2017/0176
Hourigan, Gerard, 2017/0187
Hyland, Enda, 2017/0181
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
Joyce, James, 2017/0183
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
Lennon, Stephen, 2018/0052
Macari, Constantino, 2018/0054
McCloskey, Mark, 2018/0003
McManus, Rory, 2017/0184
Mullen, Philip, 2017/0180
Murphy, Tyrone, 2017/0198
O’Hanlon, Chris, 2017/191
O’Mahony, Killian, 2017/0200
Smyth, Gary, 2017/0182
Tice, Patrick, 2018/0007


The MCQ will be preceded by an OPTIONAL Training Workshop. Participation is not obligatory. The Workshop will run from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. approximately on the same day as the MCQ, at the same venue, and is subject to an additional cost of €50.00, payable on the day. Booking can be made by email to deeralliance@gmail.com or by text to 086 1927 845 in the week prior to the MCQ.


The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual (optional purchase) can be purchased through the Online Applications section of the website, cost €35.00 including p. & p.

This post will be updated weekly in accordance with applications received.


The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed their MCQ on 10th March 2018 will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, commencing at 10.00 a.m. sharp. Candidates should be present from 9.30 a.m. in order to sign in and to exhibit their current Firearms Certificate and evidence of insurance. Candidates are listed alphabetically and will shoot in firing details of multiple shooters (minimum twenty shooters in each detail). Procedures to be followed at each Range Test are posted separately.

This list includes some Candidates who previously deferred their Range Test in 2017 but who remain eligible to participate on 24th March 2018.

The following is the list of eligible candidates:

Balukonis, Valentinas, 2018/0011
Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brown, Martin, 2017/0116
Bury, Dariusz, 2017/0196
Canavan, Hugh, 2018/0022
Carton, Pauraic, 2017/0137
Chan, Bobby, 2017/0139
Chan, Ryan, 2017/0140
Connolly, Paul, 2018/0030
Connolly, Steven, 2018/0031
Corcoran, David, 2017/0166
Czop, Bartlomiej, 2018/0037
Delaney, James, 2017/0192
Dormus, Luboslaw, 2018/0038
Fitzpatrick,Robert, 2017/0197
Gacesa, Milorad, 2018/0033
Gajdos, Martin, 2017/0193
Healy, Lorcan (Ó hÉalaighthe, Lorcán), 2018/0035
Howell, Myles, 2017/0179
Hynes, Eddie, 2017/0185
Jolondcovschi, Serghei, 2018/0001
Kadlubek, Rafal, 2018/0039
Karolak, Piotr, 2018/0040
Kearney, David, 2017/0174
Kearney, Luke, 2017/0189
Kelly, Gary, 2017/0201
Kinsella, Mark, 2018/0036
Kopyt, Zbigniew, 2018/0041
Krol, Arkadiusz, 2018/0042
Liberda, Marcin, 2018/0043
Lynch, Kevin, 2017/0124
Madrzynski, Daniel, 2018/0044
Maslach, Krzysztof, 2018/0045
McCann, Jim, 2017/0098
Meere, John, 2018/0024
McDermott, Sean, 2017/0188
Monaghan, Jason, 2018/0020
Moore, Karl, 2018/0023
Morrissey, Mark, 2018/0027
Murray, Patrick, 2017/0178
O’Brien Ralph, 2018/0004
Ochwat, Ryszard, 2018/0046
Ofiara, Robert, 2018/0047
O’Keeffe, Danny, 2018/0012
O’Keeffe, Flavian, 2017/0190
Rosoiu, Ionut Bogdan, 2018/0029
Rotaru, Ion Marius, 2018/0032
Scanlon, John, 2017/0121
Serafinski, Tommy, 2018/0002
Smith, Donal, 2018/0008
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024
Stoffell, Barry, 2018/0009
Stuart, John, 2018/0025
Szafran, Sebastian, 2018/0048
Wach, Adrian, 2018/0049
Walsh, Peter, 2017/0199
Warren, Alan, 2017/0173


Click on link to view HCAP Deer Target

Deer Target 17.3.2018


The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 10th March 2018 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 24th March 2018. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

In addition, Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at the Range Test held on Saturday 29th July 2017 will be eligible to participate on 24th March 2018 and will be added to the list of names when posted here.

Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at this MCQ on 10th March 2018 will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ in 2018 (date to be announced).

2017/0197, 92%, Pass
2018/0033, 88%, Pass
2017/0193, 84%, Pass
2018/0035, 98%, Pass
2017/0179, 90%, Pass
2017/0185, 90%, Pass
2018/0001, 96%, Pass
2018/0039, 96%, Pass
2018/0040, 96%, Pass
2017/0174, 92%, Pass
2018/0011, 94%, Pass
2017/0057, 86%, Pass
2017/0196, 84%, Pass
2018/0022, 96%, Pass
2017/0137, 90%, Pass
2018/0030, 86%, Pass
2018/0031, 90%, Pass
2018/0037, 92%, Pass
2017/0192, 92%, Pass
2018/0038, 96%, Pass
2017/0189, 92%, Pass
2017/0201, 100%, Pass
2018/0036, 88%, Pass
2018/0041, 94%, Pass
2017/0190, 86%, Pass
2018/0029, 94%,Pass
2018/0032, 96%, Pass
2018/0002, 98%, Pass
2018/0008, 84%, Pass
2018/0009, 98%, Pass
2018/0025, 96%, Pass.
2018/0048, 94%, Pass
2018/0049, 94%, Pass
2017/0199, 100%, Pass
2017/0173, 92%, Pass
2018/0042, 92%, Pass
2018/0043, 92%, Pass
2018/0044, 96%, Pass
2018/0045, 94%, Pass
2018/0024, 88%, Pass
2017/0188, 80%, Pass
2018/0023, 94%, Pass
2018/0027, 98%, Pass
2017/0178, 90%, Pass
2018/0004, 80%, Pass
2018/0046, 96%, Pass
2018/0047, 94%, Pass

The following candidate (HCAP number, followed by mark achieved) was unsuccessful and is required to re-sit the MCQ stage before proceeding to any Range Test. 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.

2018/0003, 76%, Fail





The deadline for clarification questions in relation to the DAFM Request for Tenders (RFT) for provision of deer management services in Co. Wicklow has been extended to 17.00 hours on Friday 9th March 2018 (was 12.00 noon on Friday 24th February 2018).

The deadline for responses (tenders) has been extended to 12.00 noon on Thursday 5th April 2018 (was 12.00 noon on 8th March 2018).

For further information on the RFT, see previous postings, 18th & 23rd February 2018.


Due to continuing adverse weather conditions including heavy snowfall on all roads leading to our venue, the HCAP MCQ scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 is POSTPONED.

Instead it will take place on Saturday 10th March 2018.

All other details remain the same.

While every attempt will be made to notify candidates individually, this notice must be deemed to be sufficient notice of the change of dates.


Adverse weather conditions in the Leinster area and beyond may force a postponement of the HCAP MCQ scheduled to take place on Saturday next, 3rd March 2018.

A decision on postponement will not be taken until Thursday evening/Friday morning (1st/2nd March) and an announcement made here on this page as soon as the situation is clearer.

We are reluctant to postpone if it can be avoided as there are knock-on implications for later dates, including Range Test date of 24th March, however postponement may be necessary given prevailing conditions at the time of posting this notice.


Following numerous queries from the stalking community since publication of information regarding the tender invited by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (see previous posting on this subject), a number of questions were put to the Department. Responses have now been received and these are shown below, as received.

Q1: Is certification of competency, e.g. HCAP or equivalent, a requirement?

A1: This is not a requirement but will be taken into consideration when awarding marks under award Criteria number 1.

Q2: Please identify in fuller detail the geographic area proposed to be covered, broken down by three proposed geographic zones (Deer Management Units or DMUs)

A2: The DMU’s are not predefined. The establishment of the DMU’s including their location is a deliverable of the project and will be a product of collaboration between landowners, hunters and key stakeholders.

Q3: Please advise whether Coillte Teoranta forest property is included in any proposed DMU.

A3: Coillte as Irelands largest landowner are an important stakeholder when it comes to establishing the DMU’s. It is expected that the successful tenderer will engage with Coillte during the course of the project.

Q4: If Coillte forest property is involved, will the ordinary terms of the standard Coillte licence regarding days, times and other conditions of access apply?

A4: These details will need to be discussed with Coillte as part of the process of establishing the DMU’s.

Q5: Please identify whether State land e.g. Wicklow Mountains National Park is to be included in any DMU.

A5: All relevant lands should be included in the DMU’s where possible. Collaboration with relevant owners regarding access and other arrangements should feature as part of the DMU’s establishment process. It may be the case that certain lands cannot be included in a DMU to be established. Where this is the case the Department should be notified for information in advance of finalising the DMU’s.

Q6: To what extent is it anticipated whether privately owned farmland is to be included in any DMU?

A6: See reply to number 5 above.

Q7: Will the contractor be expected to indemnify owners of private land if private farmland is to be included in any DMU?

     A7: The successful tenderer will be required to demonstrate that it holds acceptable insurances with sufficient limits of indemnity which are appropriate to the services provided. The successful tenderer(s) will be required to provide evidence of availability of insurance cover and justification of the levels prior to the award of the contract.

The National Treasury Management Agency’s “General Indemnity Scheme (GIS) – SIG 02: Determining Insurance Requirements for Goods & Services RFTs & Contracts” (April 2016) which can be found at http://ezone.agriculture.gov.ie/intranet/media/intranet/centralprocurementunit/tenderingcontracts/insurance/SIG0201InsuranceReq280416.pdf

http://ezone.agriculture.gov.ie/intranet/media/intranet/centralprocurementunit/tenderingcontracts/insurance/SIG0201InsuranceReq280416.pdf states the following:

“Employers liability – covers the legal liability of an employer for bodily injury or disease sustained by an employee and which arises out of and in the course of the employment. Employers liability insurance is required where the third party’s obligations under the contract have the potential to cause personal injury or property damage to its employees. The insurance norm limit for employers liability cover is typically be €12.7m for any one claim or series of claims arising out of a single occurrence. Employers liability cover is not required if the third party is self-employed.

Public liability – protects an insured in respect of its legal liability to third parties for bodily injury and for any loss or damage to property which happened in connection with the insured business. Public liability insurance is required where the third party’s obligations under the contract have the potential to cause personal injury or property damage to members of the public (including DSA employees who are considered third parties in respect of the insured contract). The insurance norm limit for public liability cover would typically be €6.5m for any one claim or series of claims arising out of a single occurrence although lower limits are acceptable where risk assessed.

Professional indemnity – protects professionals against claims, alleging that injury or financial loss, resulted from their professional actions, services or advice e.g. architect, engineer, solicitor. Professional indemnity insurance is particularly relevant where a DSA is relying upon the professional expertise of a third party. The level of indemnity required should be based on the risks associated with the services. Limits can range from €500,000 for low risk contracts to €10m or more for large scale high risk projects. DSAs should conduct a risk assessment to identify the level of risk associated with a potential failure, delay or error in the provision of the services and this will identify the level of professional indemnity cover required.

Provided the annual professional indemnity insurance policy is renewed each year, ‘run-off’ cover is not necessary. However, if a consultant ceases to practice, or no longer continues professional indemnity cover, then the consultant should be required to purchase a ‘run-off’ policy that will provide a retroactive cover from the date at which the annual professional indemnity insurance policy expires”.

Appendix C of the same document indicates that Professional Indemnity for a professional service such as research can be set at a minimum of €1m or the value of the contract where the contract value is greater than €1m.

Q8: Please advise whether applications for Section 42 licences are to be supported if any Coillte forest property or any WMNP land is included in any proposed DMU.

A8: The NPWS of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht considers applications for Section 42 permits on a case by case basis and any such applications for such permits on Coillte lands would require the approval of the company.

Q9: Please advise whether night shooting, in or out of season, is to be supported by the licensing authority concerned.

A9: The NPWS of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht would consider night shooting applications on a case by case basis.

Q10: Will the successful contractor be entitled to engage sub-contractors to assist in implementation of any deer management plan including cull operations?

A10: Yes, sub contracting is allowed once they are specified in the tender reply (See award criteria)

Q11: Will the contractor be entitled to retain any and all revenues received from sale of wild shot venison resulting from cull operations on the DMUs concerned?

A11: The Department does not assume any rights to the venison. However, details regarding revenues generated from the sale of venison should feature during collaboration with Stakeholders during the DMU establishment phase.

Q12: Will membership of the NARGC Compensation Fund suffice to meet requirements under the heading, Public Liability Insurance, whether held by the contractor or any sub-contractor?

A12: See reply to Question 7 above.

Q13: Will the provision of services and payments arising therefrom be subject to Value Added Tax?

A13: If the contractor is registered for VAT then VAT will apply and should be included in the tender price.

Q14: Will contract payments be subject to Withholding Tax?

A14: Withholding Tax does not apply.



The closing date for applications for the HCAP MCQ to be held on Saturday 3rd March 2018 is midnight on Monday 25th February 2018. Applications received after that deadline will be listed for the next MCQ after 3rd March 2018.

Intending Candidates are reminded that the HCAP Fee will increase from €150.00 to €165.00 with effect from 1st March 2018 (see previous posting under the heading “Increase in HCAP Fee”).