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The first HCAP MCQ in the 2018 Series will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 (4.00 p.m.) in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The Range Test for successful candidates from this MCQ will take place on Saturday 24th March 2018 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 10.00 a.m. on the day in question.

The Candidates listed below are eligible for this MCQ. Candidates with the numerical prefix 2016 applied for HCAP in 2016 but did not sit any MCQ in 2016 or in 2017. Failure to participate in any MCQ in March or April 2018 will lead to striking off of these candidates from list of eligible candidates. Such candidates may re-apply later subject to payment of Repeat Fee €50.00. HCAP Fees are non-refundable. This apples also to 2017 Candidates with a HCAP Number ending 2017/0172 or earlier.

Application for HCAP can be made online. Payment €150.00 can also be made online through PayPal using any valid debit card or credit card (individual PayPal accounts are not needed).
All candidates listed below are eligible for the MCQ taking place on 3rd March 2018.

Candidates unable to attend on 3rd March 2018 will be automatically carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ date and so on until they sit the MCQ and can proceed to the Range Test but must notify Deer Alliance HCAP in advance of any deferral.

Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brophy, Justin, 2016/0076
Brown, Bernard, 2016/0005
Bury, Dariusz, 2017/0196
Carey, John Paul, 2016/0006
Cashman, Vincent, 2018/0006
Cunningham, Bryan, 2016/0013
Delaney, James, 2017/0192
Delaney, Liam, 2017/0175
Fitzpatrick,Robert, 2017/0197
Forde, Desmond, 2017/0177
Fox, Denis, 2017/0118
Gajdos, Martin, 2017/0193
Galvin, Emmet, 2018/0005
Gillespie, Liam, 2016/0026
Hassett, Seamus, 2017/0195
Hegarty, Michael, 2017/0186
Hickey, Gary, 2017/0176
Horan,Barry, 2017/0138
Horgan, John, 2017/0149
Hourigan, Gerard, 2017/0187
Howell, Myles, 2017/0179
Hyland, Enda, 2017/0181
Hynes, Eddie, 2017/0185
Jolondcovschi, Serghei, 2018/0001
Joyce, James, 2017/0183
Kearney, David, 2017/0174
Kearney, Luke, 2017/0189
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
McCloskey, Mark, 2018/0003
McDermott, Sean, 2017/0188
McManus, Rory, 2017/0184
Meskell, Eamonn, 2017/0194
Mullen, Philip, 2017/0180
Murphy, Tyrone, 2017/0198
Murray, Patrick, 2017/0178
O’Brien Ralph, 2018/0004
O’Hanlon, Chris, 2017/191
O’Keeffe, Flavian, 2017/0190
O’Mahony, Killian, 2017/0200
Prendergast, Denis, 2016/010
Serafinski, Tommy, 2018/0002
Smyth, Gary, 2017/0182
Tierney, Mark, 2017/0045
Walsh, Peter, 2017/0199
Warren, Alan, 2017/0173

This list will be updated weekly as applications are received. The ceiling number of candidates at any sitting of the MCQ is a maximum of 100. See our previous posting for a full schedule of all dates in 2018.


Subject to demand, MCQs are usually preceded by optional Training Workshops. Participation is optional. Such Workshops run from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. approximately on the same day as the MCQ, at the same venue, and are subject to an additional cost of €50.00, payable on the day. Booking can be made by email to or by text to 086 1927 845 in the week prior to date of Workshop/MCQ.


The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual is an optional purchase and can be ordered through the Online Applications section of the Deer Alliance website,, cost €35.00 incl. p. & p.


HCAP Certification is required for all Coillte Licensees and all Coillte Nominated Stalkers. It is intended, and expected, that from an early date, not necessarily 1st January 2018, HCAP certification or equivalent will be required for all NEW first-time Deer Hunting Licence (DHL) applicants regardless of whether they are hunting on Coillte forest property or on private land. It is expected that existing DHL holders hunting on private land will also be required to be certified but will have a grace period of five years from implementation to obtain HCAP Certification.

Recent confusion has arisen because the outgoing Minister chose not to fully implement the Recommendation on mandatory certification put forward by the Irish Deer Management Forum (fully covered in other postings on this site and on the website of the IDMF) according to the recommended schedule and timeline, despite previous assurances to the Forum and to Deer Alliance that the Recommendation would be fully implemented in its original form. It remains the position of the IDMF that mandatory certification should be implemented within the shortest possible timespan. Evidence of competency for licences issued under the provisions of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended) is already provided for under the Act (see Section 28 of the Act) but successive Ministers have to date failed to bring this provision into effect. Implementation is the subject of ongoing dialogue with the newly appointed Minister, Josepha Madigan T.D. (appointed as Minister on 30th November 2017 and not previously engaged in the process of implementation)