Monthly Archives: April 2017

COILLTE CATALOGUE OF AVAILABLE DEER LICENCES APRIL 2017

The Coillte Catalogue of available deer licences (Primary Tender Competition 2017) has been re-posted on the Coillte website today 28th April 2017.

The tender closing date of 5th May 2017 remains in place.

The reference to DSC2 in relation to three named forest blocks remains in place but has been expanded as follows:

“In addition to HCAP – applicants for the following licences will require to hold the Deer Management Qualifications –DSC level 2 or similar approved qualification which certifies and individuals practical competence in deer management and firearms safety. The final selection of successful licence holders may be subject to interview.” (stet)

Deer organisations represented on the Deer Alliance Development Committee (HCAP Committee) remain concerned at the unannounced imposition of an additional external qualification which precludes the vast majority of licensed deer hunters and potential Coillte licensees from tendering on the forest blocks in question. It is expected that this matter will be pursued with Coillte Teoranta at the earliest opportunity.

PROCEDURES AT HCAP RANGE TESTS

  

LOCATION MAPS TO MIDLAND NATIONAL SHOOTING GROUND, BLUE BALL, TULLAMORE, CO. OFFALY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

All HCAP Candidates are required to note the following matters in relation to Range Tests conducted at the Midland National Shooting Grounds (“MRC”), at Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly:

1: Only Candidates who have passed the HCAP MCQ may take the HCAP Range Test.

2: Candidates must use a rifle of calibre legal for hunting deer in Ireland, i.e. minimum legal calibre .22/250 (Candidates using the .220 Swift must use a Winchester 60 gr. bullet to achieve the minimum legal muzzle energy and should notify their intentions beforehand).

3: All firearms must be transported in sleeves or cases. The firing bolt should be removed and carried separately. Firing bolts should be inserted only when preparing to shoot. At all times when not actually shooting, the bolt should be removed and a breech flag inserted.

4: All Candidates are required to carry fully adequate Shooting Insurance and must provide evidence of insurance to MRC on the day of any Range Test. NARGC, Countryside Alliance and IFA Countryside membership all satisfy the insurance requirement.

5: The law requires that a valid firearms certificate must be carried when using or transporting any firearm. The firearm certificate covers the “use, possession or carriage” of the firearm. MRC require HCAP Candidates to exhibit their firearm certificate before proceeding to the Range Test. In certain limited circumstances and always subject to prior notification, Candidates may use a firearm which they do not themselves own, provided that the certificate holder is present with the Candidate at all times.

6: All Candidates are therefore required to sign in at the main MRC check-in desk on arrival at the Range, and before proceeding to the Windmill Range on which the HCAP Range Tests take place, and to exhibit evidence of insurance and firearm certificate on request.

7: Following experimentation over a number of Range Tests, the Deer Alliance have adopted the following procedures in respect of Range Tests:

a) All Candidates will be listed alphabetically (surname first) and allocated to firing details accordingly.

b) Each Firing Detail has a minimum of 20 positions In certain circumstances, depending on which Range is in use, the maximum number may increase to 40.

c) The first Firing Detail will always kick off at 10 a.m. sharp, with approximately 45 minutes allowed for each Detail.

d) All Candidates are urged to arrive at MRC not later than 9.30 a.m. on the day of any Range Test, to allow time for registration procedures as set out above.

e) Thereafter, HCAP Range Officials will allocate positions on each Detail according to alphabetical order and actual presence on the Range.

f) Deferrals must be notified in writing (email or text message) to the Deer Alliance not less than 3 days before any Range Test. “No-shows”, i.e. non-attendance without notification, may result in loss of entitlement to complete the HCAP Certification programme.

g) After shooting, each Candidate, pass or fail, is given a slip with his or her name on it and indicating pass or fail, and attempts taken. This slip (pass or fail) must be presented to the HCAP Administrator Liam Nolan in the Main MRC Clubhouse before leaving the Range in order to receive the HCAP Certificate.

h) Candidates taking two or more attempts at the Range Test on any given day may be required to pay a Repeat Fee of €25.00. The Repeat Fee if taking the Range Test for a second or further attempt on any subsequent Range Test day is €50.00.

i) Safety is paramount at all times and any lapse will be severely penalised. All Candidates are issued with the Deer Alliance “Safe Stalking” safety leaflet when participating in the Programme. Copies will be available at each Range Test. It is the responsibility of each Candidate to ensure that best practice safety procedures are followed at all times.

Enquiries by email to deeralliance@gmail.com

HCAP RANGE TEST TARGET
COURSE OF FIRE: THREE SHOTS IN A FOUR-INCH GROUP, PRONE AT 100 METRES, FOLLOWD BY SIX SHOTS GROUPED IN THE HEART/LUNG AREA AT 100, 60 AND 40 METRES IN THE PRONE, SITTNG/KNEELING AND STANDING POSITIONS. STALKING STICKS AND OTHER LEGITIMATE STALKING AIDS MAY BE USED

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed MCQs in March and April 2017 will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017 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.

The following is the list of eligible candidates:

Askins, Luke, 2017/0021
Askins, Martin, 2017/0013
Bak, Grzegorz, 2017/0067
Baker, John, 2017/0017
Baranowski, Piotr, 2017/0072
Barrell, Alan, 2017/0075
Brady, Owen, 2017/0034
Butler, Gavin, 2017/0092
Byrne, Brendan, 2017/0018
Byrne, Kyle, 2017/0019
Carter, Jason, 2017/0046
Caschera, Massimo, 2017/0023
Corcoran, Adrian, 2017/0026
Cornelius, Jan, 2017/0048
Cotter, Mark, 2017/0056
Cvjetkovic, Jovica, 2017/0033
Daly, Enda, 2017/0029
Divito, Ercole, 2017/0003
Dore, Michael, 2017/0042
Dunne, Jonathon, 2017/0051
Dunne, Mark, 2017/0041
Earls, Gary, 2017/0002
Farrell, Conleth, 2017/0086
Filon, Stanislav, 2017/0009
Fitzpatrick, Stephen, 2017/0006
Fleming, Robert, 2017/0084
Fox, Liam, 2017/0010, 92%
Halpin, Damien, 2017/0008
Hynes, Declan, 2017/0027
Iafrate, Antonio, 2017/0044
Jablonski, Adrian, 2017/0060
Jacek, Rafal, 2017/0066
Jaszczak, Pawel, 2017/0065
Kaszluga, Jacek, 2017/0062
Kaszluga, Mateusz, 2017/0058
Kelly, Kenneth, 2017/0039
Kelly, Patrick, 2017/0040
Kirwan, Alan, 2016/0079
Kubien, Rafal, 2017/0068, 100%
Labus, Lazar, 2017/0035
Labus, Miodrag, 2017/0036
Leech, Gary, 2017/0016
Leidig, Robin. 2017/0025
Logan, Paul, 2017/0093
Malaszuk, Grzegorz, 2017/0071
Manning, Maurice, 2017/0078
McCullough, Brian, 2017/0054
McEnroe, Dermot, 2016/0011
McEnroy, Connor, 2017/0037
McLoughlin, Enda, 2017/0032
Meehan, Dermot, 2017/0090
Munteanu, Lilian, 2017/0061
Murphy, Martin, 2017/0085
Neary, Tommy, 2017/0088
O’Connor, William, 2017/0094
O’Donoghue, David, 2017/0007
O’Meara, Paul, 2017/0079
O’Shea, Patrick, 2017/0004
Ogarek, Slawomir, 2017/0049
Poutch, Alan, 2017/0089
Power, Clive, 2017/0043
Pyke, Kenneth, 2017/0015
Raggett, Damien, 2017/0077
Reilly, Sean, 2017/0012
Roche, Brian, 2017/0022
Rooney, Niall, 2017/0050
Rowe, Martin, 2017/0082
Rowe, Willie, 2017/0083
Ryan, Paul 2017/0020
Scally, David, 2017/0028
Schiller, Bjorn, 2011/0072
Shelley, Keith, 2017/0038
Shortt, Trevor, 2017/0031
Slepecki, Andrzej, 2017/0073
Smith, Brendan, 2017/0080
Smyth, Niall, 2017/0087
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024
Stanley, Clive, 2017/0014
Tighe, Patrick, 2015/000018
Tooher, Thomas, 2017/0001
Varnas, Elvis, 2017/0095
Wallace, Darren, 2017/0053
Wawrzyniak, Jacek, 2017/0064
Williams, Howard, 2017/0005
Wysoczanski, Grzegorz, 2017/0069
Ziach, Lukasz, 2017/0059
Zwaan, Paul, 2017/0047

HCAP CALENDAR

Intending HCAP Candidates are advised that the HCAP MCQ taking place on Saturday 24th June 2017 is likely to be the last in the 2017 series of assessments. There is unlikely to be a further assessment in 2017. The number of candidates on hand determines the holding of assessments in any year. To date in 2017 we have processed over 100 new applications. The opportunity for intending new applicants for a Deer Hunting Licence to undertake HCAP before the proposed deadline of 1st January 2018 should be taken now.

WITHDRAWAL OF COILLTE TENDER OFFERINGS 25th APRIL 2017

The following statement has been circulated on behalf of Coillte Teoranta today 25th April 2017 in relation to the Catalogue of Available Licences to Hunt Wild Deer on Coillte Lands – Primary tender competition – 2017 published last week.

“I am writing to you regarding the above tender competition which was recently posted on the Coillte website. I wish to inform you that this tender competition has been withdrawn for the time being.

It is envisaged that this tender will be issued again in the coming weeks. I will contact you then with confirmation of this.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused”.

{Addressee and sender names redacted}.

We understand that a new mechanism for receipt and evaluation of tenders may be put in place.

Further information will be posted here as it becomes available.

 

RESULTS OF HCAP MCQ HELD ON 22nd APRIL 2017

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 22nd April 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.

2017/0066, 98%, Pass
2017/0065, 80%, Pass
2017/0062, 92%, Pass
2017/0069, 94%, Pass
2017/0059, 100%, Pass
2017/0058, 98%, Pass
2017/0068, 100%, Pass
2017/0071, 94%, Pass
2017/0061, 94%, Pass
2017/0073, 98%, Pass
2017/0064, 80%, Pass
2017/0067, 100%, Pass
2017/0072, 98%, Pass
2017/0060, 92%, Pass

All Candidates passed the MCQ on this occasion.

RESULTS OF HCAP MCQ, 15th APRIL 2017

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 15th April 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.

2017/0086, 86%, Pass
2017/0084, 94%, Pass
2017/0039, 96%, Pass
2017/0092, 92%, Pass
2017/0023, 92%, Pass
2017/0056, 94%, Pass
2017/0042, 96%, Pass
2017/0051, 88%, Pass
2017/0093, 90%, Pass
2017/0078, 92%, Pass
2017/0054, 92%, Pass
2016/0011, 94%, Pass
2017/0037, 82%, Pass
2017/0090, 96%, Pass
2017/0085, 86%, Pass
2017/0088, 92%, Pass
2017/0082, 96%, Pass
2017/0083, 94%, Pass
2017/0080, 98%, Pass
2017/0087, 90%, Pass
2017/0075, 100%, Pass
2017/0094, 96%, Pass
2017/0079, 98%, Pass
2017/0089, 90%, Pass
2017/0077, 80%, Pass
2017/0095, 80%, 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 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.

2017/0076, 76%, Fail
2017/0091, 64%, Fail

CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE FOR HCAP ASSESSMENT

The following Candidates remain eligible for HCAP following the MCQ held on Saturday 15th April 2017 and will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ date, details of which will be posted here when finalised (most likely date Saturday 24th June 2017, to be confirmed):

Candidates with the numerical prefix 2016 applied for HCAP in 2016 but did not sit any MCQ in 2016 or to date in 2017. Failure to participate in any MCQ in 2017 will lead to striking off from list of eligible candidates. Such candidates may re-apply at a later date subject to payment of Repeat Fee €50.00. HCAP Fees are non-refundable.

Allard, John, 2017/0096
Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brandt, Piotr, 2017/0063
Brophy, Justin, 2016/0076
Brown, Bernard, 2016/0005
Carey, John Paul, 2016/0006
Cunningham, Bryan, 2016/0013
Gillespie, Liam, 2016/0026
Hughes, Timothy, 2017/0055
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
Prendergast, Denis, 2016/010
Tierney, Mark, 2017/0045

NEXT SCHEDULED HCAP MCQ AND RANGE TEST 2017

Sika stag in velvet.

Deer Alliance HCAP are in the process of concluding assessments which began on 11th March 2017 and which will conclude on 13th May 2017. Further dates will be considered after the latter date and details will be posted here on the News & Updates section of the Deer Alliance website as soon as they are finalised.

Applications made now will be processed in the normal manner, bearing in mind that the number of applications received will determine the necessity for holding assessments. Intending candidates should make application now to ensure so far as possible that further assessments can take place in June or July 2017.

Confirmation of HCAP Certification is now requested on Deer Hunting Licence Applications regardless of whether hunting is to take place on Coillte forest property or on private land. See previous posting on this subject.

DEER HUNTING LICENCE APPLICATIONS 2017

Applications for Deer Hunting Licences (DHLs) should be made before the end of June 2017 to ensure that licences can be granted and issued before the opening of the 2017-2018 Season on 1st September 2017.

Access Guidance Notes and DHL Application Form here: DHL Applications 2017

The DHL Application now contains a reference to HCAP as a qualifying certification for all DHL Applicants regardless as to whether they intend hunting on Coillte forest property or on private land.