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The following Candidates are eligible to participate in the HCAP MCQ taking place on Saturday 21st March 2020. The MCQ will start at 4.00 p.m. sharp (50 Multiple Choice Questions, Pass requirement 40 correct answers out of 50 questions, 50 minutes for written examination).

The MCQ will be preceded by an optional Training Workshop running from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. covering all aspects of deer management including species recognition, habitat, habits & characteristics, herd structures, cull planning, fieldcraft, disease recognition, deer and the law, firearms legislation and related topics. The add-on cost of participation in the Training Workshop is €50.00 payable on the day. Pre-booking is necessary, by text to 086 1927 845 or by email to

The venue for the Training Workshop and MCQ is the Ionad Dara Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny.

See previous posting for links to purchase of Stalker Training Manual and Best Practice Guides.

Application for HCAP can be made through the Online Applications section of the Deer Alliance website here


ACATINCA, Vasilica, 2019/81
BURKE, David, 2020/0011
CREAMER, Ronan, 2019/0081
DEDAJ, Kristian, 2019/0078
DUNPHY, Garreth, 2020/0006
EDGE, Robert, 2018/0104
FINN, Richard, 2019/0082
FLAHERTY, James, 2018/0051
FLYNN, Cathal, 2020/0014
HARMON, James, 2020/0010
HARVEY, Brendan, 2020/0008
HEAVEY, Lisa, 2019/0080
HUNT, William, 2019/0063
HUTCHINSON, Robert, 2009/0108
KENDELLEN, Barry, 2020/0013
KENNY, Seán, 2020/0002
LARKIN, Andrea, 2020/0016
MacCARTHY, Dylan, 2020/0003
MacCARTHY, Seán, 2020/0004
MANNINGHAM-BULLER, Edward, 2020/0018
MAY, Sean, 2020/0015
MOONEY, Paul, 2020/0007
O’CALLAGHAN, Michael, 2019/0079
O’CONNELL, Gary, 2020/0022
PASCALE, Florin, 2020/0001
REID, Graeme, 2020/0009
TICE, Patrick, 2018/0007
WALSH, Maurice, 2020/0005
WHELAN, Andrew, 2020/0017

This list will be updated as applications are received. The closing date for applications will be midnight on Wednesday 18th March 2020.


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The first in the 2020 Series of HCAP training workshops and assessments will take place on Saturday 21st March 2020, in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. HCAP is a two-stage process, with success in the Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) examination on 21st March followed on Saturday 18th April 2020 by a Range Test at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Cost of HCAP is unchanged, at €165.00. Application can be made online, with payment through PayPal, or in hard copy, payment by cheque or postal order.

Purchase of the Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual is optional but highly recommended, cost €35.00, available through the Online Applications of the Deer Alliance website.

To apply for HCAP or to purchase the Stalker Training Manual, click here

Preparation for the MCQ is supported by optional Training Workshops held on the same day as the MCQ (Workshops 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., MCQ at 4.00 p.m.), add-on cost €50.00.

A series of informative Best Practice Guides can be accessed here

Tommy Sera, Tommy’s Outdoor Podcasts, has put together a useful two-part guide to HCAP, which can be accessed at the following links:

Part 1: HCAP MCQ

Part 2: HCAP Range Test

Information will be updated regularly here on the News & Updates section of the Deer Alliance website and Candidates should check in occasionally for updates on MCQs and Range Tests.

HCAP, the only course developed in partnership with Coillte, NPWS and other stakeholders, has been the gold standard in stalker training, assessment and certification since inception in 2003 and is now in its 17th year of operation, during which time approximately 3500 licensed hunters have participated in the programme.