Monthly Archives: April 2019


Bavarian Mountain Hound (click to enlarge)

The Irish Deer Society and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland jointly are pleased to announce that a Team from UK Deer Track and Recovery (UKDTR) will be in Tipperary this coming weekend to demonstrate effective methods of tracking and recovering injured and lost deer.

Date: Saturday 27th April 2019
Time: 09:30 am sharp
Venue: Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co Tipperary
Cost: €10 per person

Guest speakers Frank Byrne and Neil Gatward will discuss the best practice in the event of a recovery.


• Introduction to UKDTR and tracking deer.
• Break for lunch (not included in the cost)
• Shot site examination
• Various shot sites, what to look for! Shot sites are located in the wood adjacent to the hotel
• Finishing the afternoon with a free BBQ including tea and coffee.

This event is open to everyone interested in the subject – to register, please text Tracking along with your name to 087 6878228

This is a joint venture between The Wild Deer Association Of Ireland and The Irish Deer Society to promote the recovery of injured deer.


The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed their MCQs on 9th March & 20th April 2019 will take place on Saturday 4th May 2019 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, commencing at 10.00 a.m. sharp. The list includes candidates eligible for the Range Test following qualification at previous MCQs but having deferred their Range Test on previous occasions. Such candidates are reminded that if having deferred two or more Range Tests, they miss the Range Test on 4th May 2019 they will be delisted as eligible and may complete their HCAP only by re-entering for the Range Test stage and paying a Repeat Fee of €50.00.

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 (usually twenty shooters in each detail). Procedures to be followed at each Range Test are posted separately.


Buckley, Brendan
Burke, Brian
Burke, Ronan
Breslin, Charles
Byrne, Brian Patrick
Byrne, Michael
Casey, John
Ciobirca, Andrei
Condren, Sean
Corcoran, Jonathan
Dalton, John
Davitt, Michael
Delaney, Conor
Douglas, Conor
Dunne, Philip
Durnin, David
Hall, Kenneth
Heffernan, Clive
Holmes, John
Hussey, Fergus
Ivanoff, Eftim
Jackson, Greg
Kavanagh, Richard
Kelleher, Jason
Kelly, Gavin
Kerr, Victor
Kirby, Colm
Lucas, Nik
Lucas, Timothy
Mahon, Sean
Martin, David
McDaid, Patrick
Moore, Ordhran
Mullen, Gary
Mulligan, Padraig
O’Brien, Kieran
O’Brien, Kieran
O’Driscoll, Darren
O’Toole, Niall
Robertson, Drew
Shanahan, Maurice
Sweeney, John
Toomey, Ian
Venables, Aaron
Vicol, Tudor
Webbon, Peter
Yavtushenko, Valeriy


The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 20th April 2019 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Saturday 4th May 2019. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at this MCQ on 20th April 2019 will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ in 2019, except where they have missed two or more MCQs without notice (date to be announced here when finalised).

2019/0034, 94%, Pass
2019/0033, 88%, Pass
2019/0014, 100%, Pass
2019/0023, 94%, Pass
2019/0037, 90%, Pass
2019/0026, 80%, Pass
2019/0019, 100%, Pass
2019/0032, 96%, Pass
2018/0075, 98%, Pass
2019/0022, 96%, Pass
2019/0036, 80%, Pass
2019/0035, 96%, Pass

(Successful Candidates from the HCAP MCQ on Saturday 20th March 2019 are also eligible for the same Range Test)


Fallow Buck in velvet (click to enlarge)

The next HCAP MCQ in the 2019 Series will take place on Saturday 20th April 2019 (3.30 p.m.) in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Chapel Street, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny (eircode R95 D654). The Range Test for successful candidates from this MCQ will take place on Saturday 4th May 2019 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 10.00 a.m.

Candidates unable to participate on 20th April 2019 will be automatically carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ, the date of which will be fixed and notified here in due course, as soon as confirmed.


Bishti, Karl
Buckley, Brendan
Breslin, Charles
Byrne, Brian Patrick
Ciobirca, Andrei
Corcoran, Jonathan
Delaney, Conor
Douglas, Conor
Edge, Robert
Flaherty, James
Kerr, Victor
Mackevicius, Arunas
McManus, Rory
O’Brien, Kieran
O’Driscoll, Darren
Quinlan, Ken
Tice, Patrick
Vicol, Tudor
Webbon, Peter
Whelan, John

The MCQ will be supported by an optional Training Workshop, running from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on the same day as the MCQ (same venue). The Workshop is subject to an add-on cost of €50.00. Bookings for the Workshop can be made by text message to 086 1927 845 or by email to Payment €50.00 is made on the day.


Irish Trophy Commission Accredited Head Measurers Pat Scully, Peter Gregory, John Clooney, John Manley and Jonathan Murphy (click to enlarge)

The Irish Trophy Commission recently inducted a number of newly Certified and Accredited Head Measurers following a Training Day held in Laragh, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

The Deer Alliance supports the evaluation of trophies as a by-product of clear aims and objectives of a successful deer management program based on establishing a healthy, sustainable population.

HCAP-Certified hunters who wish to have heads evaluated and possibly leading to certification as Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal heads can contact the Irish Trophy Commission by email at

Below: Liam Nolan and Liam McGarry (Deer Alliance HCAP) with Joe Murphy (Irish Trophy Commission) and newly inducted Measurers Peter Gregory, John Clooney and John Manley (click to enlarge)