Monthly Archives: September 2018


Rutting Red Stag (click to enlarge)

As Deer Alliance HCAP is a not-for-profit body run by volunteers, assessments are held only during the Closed Season, March to August each year as the volunteers on whom we rely for assistance at MCQs, Training Workshops and Range Tests are engaged in their own deer management and culling activities during the Open Season, September to February each year.

The schedule of dates for 2019 will be posted here as soon as dates are finalised and in the meanwhile all applications received between now and then will be automatically listed for participation in the next scheduled MCQ in March 2019.

The following is a list of candidates currently eligible for participation in the next scheduled MCQ (date to be posted here when finalised).

Breslin, Charles, 2018/0075
Durnin, David, 2018/0123
Edge, Robert, 2018/0104
Flaherty, James, 2018/0051
Hussey, Fergus, 2018/0125
Kirby, Colm, 2018/0124
Martin, David, 2018/0122
Quinlan, Ken, 2018/0082 (IFA1)
Tice, Patrick, 2018/0007
Whelan, John, 2018/0080 (IFA1)

The following candidates, having passed their MCQ, but having deferred their Range Test in 2018, remain eligible to participate in the next scheduled Range Test (date to be posted here when finalised).

Dunne, Philip, 2018/0099
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
Shanahan, Maurice, 2018/0058


Killarney Red Deer (photograph by Michelle Cooper Galvin). Click to enlarge.

The newly-formed Irish Deer Commission joins the ranks of bodies dedicated to the best-practice management and conservation of wild deer in Ireland and invites membership applications, click here or here.

For recent commentary from the IDC’s Damien Hannigan on the proposed “significant” planned cull of red deer in Killarney National Park, click here.

The IDC will host a Rut Walk and Wildlife Photography talk in Killarney National Park to watch one of nature’s amazing spectacles, the annual Red Deer Rut which has taken place continuously in Kerry for over 6,000 years. This event is hosted by National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free of charge The walk takes place at the peak of the Red deer rut on Sunday October 14th 2018. Further information on the IDC website and pre-booking is advised.

Meanwhile, the Irish Deer Society is the longest-established deer organisation in Ireland and also invites support. For more information, click here.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland also invites membership. Click here to learn more or email (postal address PO Box 67, Kinsale, Co. Cork), or ‘phone 087 687 8228.