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5150 LICENSED DEER HUNTERS IN 2017-2018

Fallow buck in velvet (click to enlarge)

Information recently made available by National Parks & Wildlife Service (Wildlife Licensing Unit) shows that the number of Deer Hunting Licences issued for the Season 2017/2018 rose to 5150, an increase of 220 on the previous season high of 4930.

HCAP MCQ – CHANGE OF DATE (NOW SATURDAY 30TH JUNE 2018)

Due to unforeseen circumstances the date for the next MCQ in the 2018 series is changed from Saturday 23rd June 2018 to Saturday 30th June 2018 (start time 3.30 p.m. promptly).

All other details associated with the MCQ including optional Training Workshop and follow-up Range Test remain unchanged.

The next HCAP MCQ in the 2018 Series will take place on Saturday 30th June 2018 (3.30 p.m. – note start time for MCQ) in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The Range Test for successful candidates from this MCQ will take place on Saturday 14th July 2018 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 10.00 a.m. on the day in question.

Candidates are requested to make a permanent note of their individual HCAP Number (eight digits).

LIST OF ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Adamus, Lukasz, 2018/0100
Begley, Kevin, 2018/0094
Breslin, Charles, 2018/0075
Cullen, James, 2018/0095
Dallaghan, Maurice, 2018/0069
Daly, Steven, 2018/0070
Delaney, Liam, 2017/0175
Dunne, Philip, 2018/0099
Earl, Edward, 2018/0097
Edge, Robert, 2018/0104
Fenton, Roland, 2018/0107
Flaherty, James, 2018/0051
Forde, Desmond, 2017/0177
Hanna, John, 2018/0105
Hanna, Robert, 2018/0106
Hegarty, Michael, 2017/0186
Hyland, Enda, 2017/0181
Joyce, James, 2017/0183
Kinsella, Jason, 2018/0098
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
McGrath, Jerry, 2018/0092 (IFA)
McManus, Rory, 2017/0184
McNally, Garrett, 2018/0102
McNally, Shane, 2018/0101
Mongey, Eamon, 2018/0096
Mullen, Philip, 2017/0180
O’Hanlon, Chris, 2017/191
Quinlan, Ken, 2018/0082 (IFA)
Smith, Daragh, 2018/0108
Tice, Patrick, 2018/0007
Whelan, John, 2018/0080 (IFA)
Whelan, Ronnie, 2018/0068
Wychowalek, Radoslaw, 2018/0103

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS

Applications will remain open until close of business on Monday 25th June 2018. Applications received after this date cannot be processed for the MCQ on 30th June 2018 but will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ date. The List of Eligible Candidates will be updated weekly according to receipt of applications.

DEER ALLIANCE STALKER TRAINING MANUAL

The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual, which is an optional purchase, is obtainable through the Online Applications section of the Deer Alliance website Home Page, cost €35.00 including p. & p.

TRAINING WORKSHOP

The MCQ will be preceded by an OPTIONAL Training Workshop. Participation is not obligatory although candidates with limited knowledge or experience may find it useful. The Workshop will run from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. approximately on the same day as the MCQ, at the same venue, and is subject to an additional cost of €50.00, payable on the day. Booking can be made by email to deeralliance@gmail.com or by text to 086 1927 845 in the week prior to the MCQ.

WICKLOW DEER MANAGEMENT SERVICES TENDER GOES TO WICKLOW UPLANDS COUNCIL

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have issued a notification to the effect that the tender for the provision of deer management services in Co. Wicklow has been won by Wicklow Uplands Council, whose bid is described by DAFM as the most economically advantageous tender.

In line with public procurement legislation, DAFM will not conclude a contract with Wicklow Uplands Council until on or after midnight on 16th June 2018. This standstill notice is issued as required by the Remedies Directive (2007/66/EC) and the implementing Irish Regulations (SI 130 of 2010 and S.I 192 of 2015).

Wicklow Uplands Council is a private company limited by guarantee, having twenty-seven directors elected annually and acting as an independent voluntary organisation representing over fifty diverse member groups and individuals in the Wicklow Uplands, arranged over four panels reflecting different areas of interest. There is a ten-person Executive Committee, including four designated Officers.

Wicklow Uplands Council is a registered lobbying group, registered under the provisions of the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015.

The provision of deer management services appears to be a new departure for Wicklow Uplands Council.

For information on the Request for Tenders (RFT) issued by DAFM, see archived postings on this blog for February 2018.

Follow link for information on Wicklow Uplands Council

 

DEER ALLIANCE HCAP – DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT AND PRIVACY POLICY

The General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) came into effect on the 25th May 2018. The GDPR gives individuals more control of and more rights in relation to the processing of their personal data. As such, Deer Alliance HCAP is required to keep its HCAP Candidates including HCAP-Certified Candidates informed about the data it holds, the purpose for which it is held and used, and what rights Candidates have in relation to how that data is processed.

Candidates’ Data Held

In relation to each HCAP Candidate, Deer Alliance HCAP holds data including:

1: Name, Address, including Eircode, telephone number(s), Email address, Individual HCAP Number, Assessment Records and Date of Certification

2: In addition, Deer Alliance HCAP may hold historical information which includes Candidates’ details in electronic and hard copy format including details of firearms used, membership of other deer interest groups and insurance held.

Purpose of Processing Candidates’ Data and Parties with whom Data may be Shared

Deer Alliance HCAP processes the data of Candidates’ data in electronic and in paper format for a number of purposes, including the following;

1: to allow us to contact Candidates in relation to Deer Alliance HCAP business

2: to allow us to include Candidates’ details in the Register of HCAP-Certified Candidates (which may be published to third parties including Coillte Teoranta, National Parks & Wildlife Service and Garda Siochána for purposes of validating information supplied or applications made by Candidates).

3: to respond to requests made by Coillte Teoranta, National Parks & Wildlife Service or Garda Siochána seeking Candidates’ details for the purpose of confirming information provided by Candidates or for the purpose of lawful inquiries being conducted by those bodies.

Under Data Protection Law and the GDPR, we are required to ensure that there is an appropriate basis for the processing of the personal data of Candidates and to let each such person know what the basis for processing their data is.

In relation to the personal data held and processed by Deer Alliance HCAP, the primary bases that we rely on for the processing of the data are (a) processing necessary to allow us to pursue our legitimate interests as a body established for the purpose of training, assessment and certification of licensed deer hunters, and (b) processing based on the consent of each respective Candidate whose data is held.

RETENTION PERIOD FOR DATA

Type of Data

Candidates’ details as previously provided to Deer Alliance HCAP; Candidates’ details as set out in forms submitted after the issuing of this document; Minutes of Deer Alliance HCAP meetings; documents relating to and comprising of existing enquiries; documents relating to and comprising of enquiries submitted after the issuing of this document.

Format Held

Electronic and hard copy format

Retention Period

For the duration of the period of training, assessment and certification and for a further term of seven years thereafter except where consent is retracted or erasure of information has been requested, subject to the efficient management of Dee Alliance HCAP business affairs; and in the case of the Register of HCAP-Certified Candidates, indefinitely.

Consent to Processing of Candidates’ Data

The GDPR provides that consent to processing and retention of personal information must be freely given, specific, informed, and unambiguously indicated. For this reason, Deer Alliance HCAP require that candidates indicate consent for the processing of personal data by completing the Consent Form which is part of the Online Application or in other circumstances, by completing a hard-copy Consent Form.

Granting of consent is voluntary but without it, Deer Alliance HCAP cannot operate efficiently. Candidates have the right to access information held and to retract consent at any time and also have the right to erasure of all personal information retained by Deer Alliance HCAP, either during the term of training, assessment and certification or after termination of that process.

Withdrawal of Consent to Processing of Candidates’ Data

Candidates are entitled to withdraw consent to the processing of personal data by the Deer Alliance HCAP at any time by notifying Deer Alliance HCAP accordingly in writing or by email.

Contact Details:

Deer Alliance HCAP,
P. O. Box 1,
Borris,
Co. Carlow.
Email: deeralliance@gmail.com.

HCAP-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES, 26th MAY 2018

The following Candidates (45 total) are deemed to be HCAP-Certified following successful completion of their HCAP Assessment following the  Range Test held on 26th May 2018 (names, followed by HCAP Number).

Date of Certification: 26th May 2018.

Bermingham, Jeffrey, 2018/0065
Brady, Ashton, 2018/0074
Brock, Denis, 2018/0060
Buston, Evin, 2018/0077
Butler, Jamie, 2018/0084
Butler, Seamus, 2018/0083
Carolan, David, 2018/0061
Cashman, Vincent, 2018/0006
Chan, Bobby, 2017/0139
Chan, Ryan, 2017/0140
Coffey, Joe, 2018/0088
Cullen, Jonathan, 2018/0064
Doherty, Keith, 2018/0062
Fox, Denis, 2017/0118
Gacesa, Milorad, 2018/0033
Gallagher, Thomas, 2018/0034
Gallagher, William, 2018/0067
Graham, David, 2018/0028
Hickey, Gary, 2017/0176
Horan, Ben, 2018/0076
Howell, Myles, 2017/0179
Kehoe, Declan, 2018/0079
Keyes, Patrick, 2018/0089
Lambert, Jimmy, 2018/0087
Langrell, Will, 2018/0066
Lennon, Stephen, 2018/0052
Lynch, Kevin, 2017/0124
Macari, Costantino, 2018/0054
McDermott, Tony, 2018/0072
McKeown, Garth, 2018/0059
Meaney, Michael, 2018/0093
Murphy, Kenneth, 2018/0055
Murray, Patrick, 2017/0178
Murtagh, Damien, 2018/0071
Ochwat, Ryszard, 2018/0046
O’Mahony, Killian, 2017/0200
Ryan, James, 2018/0063
Scanlon, John, 2017/0121
Shortall, William, 2018/0081
Smyth, Gary, 2015/0017
Sikora, Krzysztof, 2018/0056
O’Sullivan, Pat, 2018/0085
Tuohy, Denis, 2018/0091
Walker, David, 2018/0078

All Candidates in attendance were successful and were presented with their HCAP Certificates, ID Cards and Badges at the conclusion of their successful Range Test. A high standard of marksmanship was evident from all candidates. Thanks go to HCAP Range Officers Pat Scully and Liam McGarry for their able administration of the Range Test, also to Tony Saunders and all at Midland National Shooting Centre of Ireland for their very professional management of the Test on the Range.

There were 15 qualified Deferrals/No-Shows, who will have their opportunity of completing the Range Test stage of HCAP on 14th July 2018.

DEFERRALS/NO-SHOWS

Brown, Martin, 2017/0116
Butler, Rupert, 2018/0086
Corcoran, David, 2017/0166
Duggan, Jamie, 2018/0057
Flynn, David, 2018/0053
Galvin, Emmet, 2018/0005
Hourigan, Gerard, 2017/0187
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
Keyes, Paul, 2018/0090
McCann, Jim, 2017/0098
Monaghan, Jason, 2018/0020
O’Keeffe, Danny, 2018/0012
O’Reilly, Wesley, 2018/0073
Shanahan, Maurice, 2018/0058
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024

Note: Candidates who miss two successive Range Tests due to Deferral for good reason or No-Show without notice will be de-listed as Eligible Candidates and  will be required to re-apply (Range Test only) and pay the standard Repeat Fee of €50.00 if they wish to complete the programme.

HCAP CERTIFICATE, ID and BADGE

HCAP Certificate. Click to enlarge image

Successful Candidates in the Deer Alliance Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) each receive individual signed and sealed Certificates together with a wallet-size HCAP-Certified Hunter ID Card with individual name and number, and a HCAP badge. The HCAP badge is available only to HCAP-Certified Candidates and is not generally available.

The wallet ID card and Badge have been available only since 2017. Candidates qualifying in previous years can obtain theirs by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Deer Alliance, PO Box 1, Borris, Co. Carlow.

Replacement Certificates can be obtained by emailing Candidate name, HCAP number and current address to deeralliance@gmail.com (or by text to 086 1927 845).

HCAP ID Card and badge. Click to enlarge image

 

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 26th MAY 2018 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed their MCQ on 5th & 12th May 2018 will take place on Saturday 26th May 2018 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, commencing at 10.00 a.m. sharp. 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 (minimum twenty shooters in each detail). Procedures to be followed at each Range Test are posted separately.

This list includes some Candidates who previously deferred their Range Test but who remain eligible to participate on 26th May 2018.

The following is the list of eligible candidates:

Bermingham, Jeffrey, 2018/0065
Brady, Ashton, 2018/0074
Brock, Denis, 2018/0060
Brown, Martin, 2017/0116
Buston, Evin, 2018/0077
Buston, Evin, 2018/0077
Butler, Jamie, 2018/0084
Butler, Rupert, 2018/0086
Butler, Seamus, 2018/0083
Carolan, David, 2018/0061
Cashman, Vincent, 2018/0006
Chan, Bobby, 2017/0139
Chan, Ryan, 2017/0140
Coffey, Joe, 2018/0088
Corcoran, David, 2017/0166
Cullen, Jonathan, 2018/0064
Doherty, Keith, 2018/0062
Duggan, Jamie, 2018/0057
Flynn, David, 2018/0053
Fox, Denis, 2017/0118
Gacesa, Milorad, 2018/0033
Gallagher, Thomas, 2018/0034
Gallagher, William, 2018/0067
Galvin, Emmet, 2018/0005
Graham, David, 2018/0028
Hickey, Gary, 2017/0176
Horan, Ben, 2018/0076
Howell, Myles, 2017/0179
Hourigan, Gerard, 2017/0187
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
Kehoe, Declan, 2018/0079
Keys, Patrick, 2018/0089
Keys, Paul, 2018/0090
Lambert, Jimmy, 2018/0087
Langrell, Will, 2018/0066
Lennon, Stephen, 2018/0052
Lynch, Kevin, 2017/0124
Macari, Constantino, 2018/0054
McCann, Jim, 2017/0098
McDermott, Tony, 2018/0072
McKeown, Garth, 2018/0059
Meaney, Michael, 2018/0093
Monaghan, Jason, 2018/0020
Murphy, Kenneth, 2018/0055
Murray, Patrick, 2017/0178
Murtagh, Damien, 2018/0071
Ochwat, Ryszard, 2018/0046
O’Keeffe, Danny, 2018/0012
O’Mahony, Killian, 2017/0200
O’Reilly, Wesley, 2018/0073
Ryan, James, 2018/0063
Scanlon, John, 2017/0121
Shanahan, Maurice, 2018/0058
Shortall, William, 2018/0081
Smyth, Gary, 2015/0017
Sikora, Krzysztof, 2018/0056
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024
Sullivan, Pat, 2018/0085
Tuohy, Denis, 2018/0091
Walker, David, 2018/0078

HCAP MCQ – SATURDAY 12th MAY 2018 – RESULTS

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 5th May 2018 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 26th May 2018. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

In addition, Eligible Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at the Range Test held on Saturday 24th March 2018 will be eligible to participate on 26th May 2018 and will be added to the list of names when posted here.

Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at this MCQ on 12th May 2018 will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ (June 2018, date and venue to be announced here shortly).

2018/0077, 94%, Pass
2018/0084, 92%, Pass
2018/0086, 94%, Pass
2018/0083, 94%, Pass
2018/0089, 80%, Pass
2018/0087, 98%, Pass
2018/0093, 80%, Pass
2018/0081, 90%, Pass
2018/0085, 80%, Pass
2018/0091, 100%, Pass
2018/0078, 100%, Pass
2018/0079, 100%, Pass
2018/0088, 88%, Pass

Note: Candidate No. 2018/0088 appears to have used an incorrect number (2018/0079) as no paper was submitted with the number 2018/0088 but two papers bearing the number 2018/0079 were submitted. In these circumstances, where the HCAP Examiner has no way of determining which paper carries the correct number and as both Candidates passed the MCQ, the higher Pass mark of 100% is awarded to Candidate Number 2018/0079 and the lower Pass mark of 88% is awarded to Candidate Number 2018/0088.

The following candidate (HCAP number, followed by mark achieved) was unsuccessful and is required to re-sit the MCQ stage before proceeding to any Range Test. The application fee for Repeat Candidates is €50.00. “Fail” grades may be appealed to the HCAP Assessment Committee, subject to written application accompanied by re-checking fee, €50.00. Where written application for re-checking is received, it is reviewed by the Committee at the next scheduled Committee meeting following receipt of application. Applications for re-checking must be received within 10 (ten) days of publication of results on this blog. A “Fail” Candidate from 12th May 2018 will have an opportunity to re-sit the MCQ in June 2018, subject to applying as Repeat Candidates.

2018/0090, 72%, Fail

 

 

DEER ALLIANCE HCAP FOR IFA COUNTRYSIDE AND IFA FARM BUSINESS SKILLNET

CANDIDATES ATTENDING HCAP MCQ FOR MEMBERS OF IFA & IFA COUNTRYSIDE
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Deer Alliance HCAP were pleased to run a closed HCAP Training Workshop and MCQ in Portlaoise on Saturday 12th May 2018 for members of the Irish Farmers’ Association and IFA Countryside at the request of IFA Farm Business Skillnet, who subsidised candidates as part of the IFA’s ongoing commitment to training for members. Farm Business Skillnet is the training division of IFA, providing training and up-skilling to both the IFA volunteer structure and to groups of IFA members.

Coming in the wake of a similar event organised at the request of National Parks & Wildlife Service for NPWS Field Staff (Conservation Rangers and District Managers) earlier this year, Deer Alliance were pleased to receive this further endorsement of the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP).

HCAP is now in its fifteenth year of operation and has processed over 2700 licensed hunters since commencement of assessments and certification.

The next HCAP MCQ will take place in June 2018, date to be announced here shortly, with supporting Range Test in July 2018.