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HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 2nd APRIL 2022 – SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

Small or far away? Sika Hind Deer Targets, HCAP Range Test Saturday 21st May 2022

Candidates in the prone position prepare for their Grouping Target, 100 metres
Standing position, 40 metres

The candidates listed below all completed their Deer Alliance Hunter Competence Assessment Programme with a Range Test at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore on Saturday 21st May 2022. All candidates demonstrated a high standard of marksmanship. Thanks go to the Midland Range management and personnel, including J. P. Craven and Tony Saunders, and to Deer Alliance Range Officer Pat Scully. Successful candidates received their HCAP Certificates, ID cards and badges from Liam Nolan, Deer Alliance HCAP Course Director.

New HCAP-Certified Candidates, date of certification 21st May 2022:

ARCZYNSKI, Adam, 2022/0051
BLAZEVIC, Zeljko, 2022/0060
BUCKLEY, Gavin, 2022/0052
BURKE, Hugh, 2022/0053
CARROLL, Simon, 2022/0050
CUDDEN, Ryan, 2022/0058
CUNNINGHAM, Niall, 2022/0062
CURNOW, John, 2022/0003
ELLIS, Anthony, 2022/0057
FALLON, Brian, 2022/0025
FERGUSON, David, 2022/0017
FINN, John, 2022/2022/0056
HANLON, David, 2022/0030
HANNON, Colm, 2020/0067
MURPHY, David, 2021/0076
O’FARRELL, Richie, 2022/0059
ORAGANO, Paul, 2022/0055
SHERIDAN, Stephen, 2022/0054
SMYTH, Fred, 2022/0061

Congratulations to all successful candidates

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 21st MAY 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following candidates are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test taking place at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly R35 NC58 on Saturday 21st May 2022:

ARCZYNSKI, Adam, 2022/0051
BLAZEVIC, Zeljko, 2022/0060
BEHAN, Conor, 2021/0012
BUCKLEY, Gavin, 2022/0052
BURKE, Hugh, 2022/0053
CARROLL, Simon, 2022/0050
CUDDEN, Ryan, 2022/0058
CUNNINGHAM, Niall, 2022/0062
CURNOW, John, 2022/0003
ELLIS, Anthony, 2022/0057
FALLON, Brian, 2022/0025
FERGUSON, David, 2022/0017
FINN, John, 2022/2022/0056
FOLEY, Ian, 2021/0025
FORTUNE, Alan, 2022/0034
HANLON, David, 2022/0030
HANNON, Colm, 2020/0067
LAWLOR, Jonah, 2021/0058
MANNINHAM-BULLER, Edward, 2020/0018
MURPHY, David, 2021/0076
O’FARRELL, Richie, 2022/0059
O’NEILL, Simon, 2021/0026
ORAGANO, Paul, 2022/0055
SHERIDAN, Stephen, 2022/0054
SLUDDS, Enda, 2022/0020
SMYTH, Fred, 2022/0061

All candidates should be present to register from 9.30 a.m. and sign in with their ID, Firearms Certificate and evidence of valid insurance.

 

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR HCAP TRAINING WORKSHOP AND MCQ, SATURDAY 18th JUNE 2022

Two Stags

“Battling Stags”, pen & ink illustration by Lorraine Brett, from “Sika the Wild Deer” by Liam Nolan.

Applications are now open for the next scheduled HCAP Training Workshop and MCQ, taking place on Saturday 18th June 2022 at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow R93 N207 (10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.), followed by the Range Test at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on a separate date (date to be confirmed).

Application can be made through the Online Applications section from the homepage of the Deer Alliance website, cost €165.00 plus €35.00 for the hard-copy Stalker Training Manual. To apply online click HERE

Members of IFA Countryside can avail of a discounted cost (subsidised by IFA Farm Business Skillnet) of only €120.00 (to include Training Workshop, Stalker Training Manual, MCQ & Range Test). To enquire about IFA Membership (which includes a range of benefits including shooting insurance) call 0818 924 982. To book through IFA Countryside as a current member click HERE

The following confirmed candidates are eligible for this Workshop and MCQ:

ANHOLD, Heinrich, 2022/0046
ARMSTRONG, Robert, 2021/0006
BEJAN, Iacov, 2022/0078
BELL, Paul, 2022/0065
BEWICK, Stuart, 2021/0001
BUCKLEY, Tanya, 2022/0071
BYRNE, Brendan, 2022/0014
CAHILL, Liam, 2022/0075
CANTWELL, Sean, 2022/0068
CORR, Francis, 2021/0011
CULBERT, Trevor, 2021/0018
CUMMINGS, Isaiah, 2022/0069
DOWNES, Adrian, 2022/0070
DUNNE, Martin, 2022/0073
FARRELL, Gavin, 2022/0040
FENTON, Darren, 2022/0042
GLEESON, Sean, 2022/0064
HARVEY, Stephen, 2021/0023
HEALY, John, 2022/0039
KELLY, Alex, 2022/0028
LARKIN, Richard, 2022/0077
LAWRENCE, Michael, 2022/0076
MURPHY, Gary, 2022/0072
O’DONOGHUE, Daniel, 2022/0066
PUICAR, Vasile Florin, 022/004
RYAN, Daire, 2022/0063
SHARKEY, Gerald, 2022/0067
SZCZEPANIEC, Artur, 2022/0041
TURNER, Graham, 2022/0011

This list will be updated as applications are received. Last update, 17.5.2022

HCAP MCQ SATURDAY 23rd APRIL 2022 – RESULTS

HAPPY HCAP CANDIDATES

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow, on Saturday 23rd April 2022 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Saturday 21st May 2022. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

Photographed above are members of IFA Countryside who all passed their MCQ. Included are John Finn, Fred Smyth, Hugh Burke, Richie O’Farrell, David Ferguson and Anthony Ellis.

Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at this MCQ on 23rd April 2022 will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ, except where they have missed two or more MCQs without notice.

2021/0025, 98%, Pass
2021/0076, 90%, Pass
2022/0017, 96%, Pass
2022/0020, 96%, Pass
2022/0025, 100%, Pass
2022/0050, 92%, Pass
2022/0051, 94%, Pass
2022/0052, 92%, Pass
2022/0053, 92%, Pass
2022/0054, 96%, Pass
2022/0055, 92%, Pass
2022/0056, 88%, Pass
2022/0057, 94%, Pass
2022/0058, 90%, Pass
2022/0059, 100%, Pass
2022/0060, 92%, Pass
2022/0061, 88%, Pass
2022/0062, 92%, Pass

Congratulations to all Candidates.

HCAP TRAINING WORKSHOP & MCQ, SATURDAY 23rd APRIL 2022 – BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

Book Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bookings are now open for the next scheduled HCAP Training Workshop & MCQ, which will take place on Saturday 23rd April 2022 at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow, R93 N207 (10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.), followed by the Range Test at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Saturday 21st May 2022.

Application can be made online through the website, cost €165.00, with payment through PayPal using any valid debit card or credit card (applicants do not need their own individual PayPal account). Application can also be made by post with payment by cheque, bank draft or postal order payable to Deer Alliance. An application form with address details can be downloaded from the homepage of the website. The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual can also be purchased through the website, cost €35.00 including p. & p.

Members of IFA Countryside can avail of a special discounted HCAP Fee of €120.00 (generously subsidised by IFA Farm Business Skillnet), when they book through IFA Countryside.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

ANHOLD, Heinrich
ARCZYNSKI, Adam
ARMSTRONG, Robert
BEWICK, Stuart
BLAZEVIC, Zeljko
BUCKLEY, Gavin
BURKE, Hugh
BYRNE, Brendan
CARROLL, Simon
CORR, Francis
CUDDEN, Ryan
CULBERT, Trevor
CUNNINGHAM, Niall
ELLIS, Anthony
FALLON, Brian
FARRELL, Gavin
FENTON, Darren
FERGUSON, David
FINN, John
FOLEY, Ian
HARVEY, Stephen
HEALY, John
KELLY, Alex
LAWLER, Ian
MURPHY, David
O’FARRELL, Richie
ORAGANO, Paul
SHERIDAN, Stephen
SLUDDS, Enda
SMYTH, Fred
SZCZEPANIEC, Artur
THOMPSON, Tom
TURNER, Graham

This list will be updated as applications are received. Last update, 19.4.2022

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS WORKSHOP & MCQ WILL CLOSE AT 1800 HOURS ON THURSDAY 21st APRIL 2022

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 2nd APRIL 2022 – RESULTS (NEW HCAP-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joining the ranks of HCAP-Certified Hunters are Aoife Ní Riain and Christina O’Shea, who successfully completed their HCAP Range Test on 2nd April 2022.

The candidates listed below all completed their Deer Alliance Hunter Competence Assessment Programme with their Range Test at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore on Saturday 2nd April 2022. All candidates demonstrated a high standard of marksmanship. Thanks go to the Midland Range management and personnel, including J. P. Craven and Tony Saunders, and to Deer Alliance Range Officers Pat Scully (Wild Deer Association of Ireland) and Liam McGarry (Irish Deer Society). Successful candidates received their HCAP Certificates, ID cards and badges from Liam Nolan, Director of Deer Alliance HCAP.

Newly HCAP-Certified Candidates (date of certification 2nd April 2022):

BASS, John, 2022/0018
BIDDER, Clifford, 2022/0038
BRENNAN, Paddy, 2022/0013
BYRNE, Niall, 2022/0037
CARROLL, James, 2021/0074
CASCIANI, Steven, 2022/0008
CARSWELL, Mike, 2021/0073
CONWAY, Kieran, 2021/0049
CRONIN, Noel, 2022/0010
DOBRUCKI, Tomasz, 2022/0019
DUCA, Adrian, 2022/0045
FINN, Sean, 2022/0031
FITZGERALD, Brendan, 2022/0044
FOXTON, John, 2022/0036
FOXTON, Humphrey, 2022/0035
HEGARTY, Brian, 2022/0049
HARMAN, Luke, 2021/0024
HARROLD, Calvin, 2021/0071
HUBBLE, Sean, 2022/0001
HUNTER, Stephen, 2022/0024
JEZ, Kresimir, 2021/0075
KELLY, Joseph, 2022/0007
LOSACK, Aidan, 2022/0029
McCARTHY, Rory, 2022/0047
MEEHAN, Ollie, 2022/0023
MOLONEY, Daniel, 20220016
MOORE, Aaron, 2022/0026
MOORE, Patrick, 2022/0027
MULLIGAN, Donal, 2021/0072
MURPHY, Greg, 2022/0015
MURPHY, Kieran, 2022/0005
NÍ RIAIN, Aoife, 2022/0004
O’SHEA, Christina, 2022/0032
O’TOOLE, Jack, 2022/0006
POMPURA, Lubomir, 2022/0002
POWER, Liam, 2022/0033
REDMOND, Lee, 2022/0009
RUSU, Alin Oderel, 2022/0012
SCALLAN, Patrick, 2009/0060
SHEEHAN, Joe, 2022/0048
SWEENEY, Shane, 2022/0021
VAUGHAN, Brian, 2022/0022
WILSON, Michael, 2022/0043

 

 

 

  Successful Candidates (from left) Patrick Scallan, Donal Mulligan and (brothers) Humphrey and John Foxton
Father and son, Patrick and Aaron Moore
Steven Casciani and Lee Redmond

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.

Applications are now open for the next HCAP Training Workshop and MCQ, taking place on Saturday 23rd April 2022 (see separate posting).

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 2nd APRIL 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed their MCQs on 12th March 2022 and in some cases, on previous dates, will take place on Saturday 2nd April 2022 at the Midland National Shooting Centre, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 NC58, commencing at 10.00 a.m. sharp (check-in from 9.30 a.m.).

Candidates are required to exhibit personal ID, valid firearms certificate for a deer-legal rifle, and evidence of current insurance cover.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES FOR THIS RANGE TEST

BASS, John
BEHAN, Conor
BIDDER, Clifford
BRENNAN, Paddy
BYRNE, Niall
CARROLL, James
CASCIANI, Steven
CARSWELL, Mike
CONWAY, Kieran
CRONIN, Noel
CURNOW, John
DOBRUCKI, Tomasz
DUCA, Adrian
FINN, Sean
FITZGERALD, Brendan
FORTUNE, Alan
FOXTON, John
FOXTON, Humphrey
HEGARTY, Brian
HANLON, David
HANNON, Colm
HARMAN, Luke
HARROLD, Calvin
HUBBLE, Sean
HUNTER, Stephen
JEZ, Kresimir
KELLY, Joseph
LAWLOR, Jonah
LOSACK, Aidan
MANNINGHAM-BULLER, Edward
McCARTHY, Rory
MEEHAN, Ollie
MOLONEY, Daniel
MOORE, Aaron
MOORE, Patrick
MULLIGAN, Donal
MURPHY, Greg
MURPHY, Kieran
NÍ RIAIN, Aoife
O’NEILL, Simon
O’SHEA, Christina
O’TOOLE, Jack
POMPURA, Lubomir
POWER, Liam
REDMOND, Lee
RUSU, Alin Oderel
SCALLAN, Patrick
SHEEHAN, Joe
SWEENEY, Shane
VAUGHAN, Brian
WILSON, Michael

LYALL PLANT, COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE (RIP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer Alliance HCAP notes with regret the recent death of Lyall Plant, former Chief Executive Officer of Countryside Alliance Ireland. Lyall was a great supporter of Deer Alliance and our programme for safe, humane and efficient control of wild deer by trained and competent hunters and was always a useful sounding board for ideas. Lyall also contributed greatly to the establishment of the Irish Trophy Commission. He will be greatly missed by the deer stalking community throughout Ireland.

Minister Noonan opens applications for the 2022/2023 Deer Hunting Season and launches mandatory certification training for first time hunters

The National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage has announced that application forms and guidance notes for the 2022/2023 deer hunting season are now available on the NPWS website at www.npws.ie .

This season will see the introduction of mandatory certification training for first time hunters.

The Department through NPWS has been committed to the introduction of this certification training and Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D., said:

I am delighted that we have now introduced mandatory certification training for first time hunters. This is a vital addition to the deer hunting licencing process and I know these training courses will be delivered to a high and professional standard. The addition of this certification will further enhance safety throughout the countryside and ensure first time hunters are provided with essential knowledge in deer stalking.”

The Department says that “it continues to modernise the deer hunting licencing process with the introduction of mandatory certification training and work is in train on the development of an eLicencing application system. Despite the challenges of the past two years, the Department [strove] to ensure all applications were dealt with in a timely manner and last season, for the first time, over 6,000 licences were issued“.

Under the Wildlife Acts, annual licences are required to hunt deer during the Open Season, which is the period during which deer can be legally shot. The Open Season for deer operates generally from 1 September in a given year to 28 February the following year, depending on the species and gender of deer. Over 6,000 deer hunting licences were issued last season.

(The foregoing is based on a press release published on the gov.ie website on 23rd March 2022)

DEER HUNTING LICENCE APPLICATIONS FOR SEASON 2022-2023

 

 

 

Application forms and guidance notes for the 2022/2023 deer hunting season are now available on the NPWS website at www.npws.ie.

Click HERE for access to forms and guidance notes. Application can be made online or in hard copy.

The following documents can now be accessed:

Email Application Form
Manual Application Form
Guidance Note
Wild Deer Open Season Dates

Licences are issued on an annual basis and cover the period from 1 August to 31 July. All Wild Deer Open Season dates must be adhered to. To ensure timely processing of applications please apply Before 1st July 2022.

Note: If you are a first time applicant you must provide proof of completion of deer hunting certified training from one of the nationally approved training bodies or the equivalent proof from your Country of residence. Further details on this requirement can be found in our mandatory certification documents.

There are two options in relation to how you fill out your application form. You can open the email application form above which will allow you to type in your information in the yellow fields. Just click into the box and start typing and it will expand as you type. You can type in your signature when finished and then save it to your own computer/laptop. You can then attach the document to an email and email it in to NPWS at deerlicences@housing.gov.ie.

The second option is you can print out the manual application form above, fill it in, sign it and post it in to NPWS.

You must complete all sections of the application form. Incomplete forms will be returned to you. All application forms should contain a valid email address and the processing of your licence may be delayed where one is not provided. A typed signature on emailed applications will be accepted and treated in the same manner as a ‘wet signature’ on manual applications in signing the declaration.

Applicants must provide all landowner permission details on the application form. You must complete the application form and have permission from a landowner(s) to hunt deer on land of at least 100 acres (42 Hectares). By including the name and address of the landowner and signing the declaration – you are stating that you have sought permission.

However, if you are applying to hunt deer on your own lands, the 100 acre (42 hectare) requirement does not apply. Applicants can still provide Coillte permits with their applications.

Application forms can be submitted to deerlicences@housing.gov.ie or by post to:

Wildlife Licensing Unit
National Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritagebr /> 90 North King Street
Dublin 7
D07 N7CV