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HCAP MCQ SATURDAY 5th MAY 2018 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Sika stags in velvet, summer coats (click to enlarge)

The next HCAP MCQ in the 2018 Series will take place on Saturday 5th May 2018 at 4.00 p.m.  in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The closing date for applications is Monday 30th April and applications received after that date cannot be accepted. The Range Test for successful candidates from this MCQ will take place on Saturday 26th May 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).

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Bermingham, Jeffrey, 2018/0065
Brock, Denis, 2018/0060
Carolan, David, 2018/0061
Cashman, Vincent, 2018/0006
Cullen, Jonathan, 2018/0064
Dallaghan, Maurice, 2018/0069
Delaney, Liam, 2017/0175
Doherty, Keith, 2018/0062
Duggan, Jamie, 2018/0057
Flaherty, James, 2018/0051
Flynn, David, 2018/0053
Forde, Desmond, 2017/0177
Fox, Denis, 2017/0118
Gallagher, Thomas, 2018/0034
Gallagher, William, 2018/0067
Galvin, Emmet, 2018/0005
Graham, David, 2018/0028
Hegarty, Michael, 2017/0186
Hickey, Gary, 2017/0176
Hourigan, Gerard, 2017/0187
Hyland, Enda, 2017/0181
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
Joyce, James, 2017/0183
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
Langrell, Will, 2018/0066
Lennon, Stephen, 2018/0052
Macari, Constantino, 2018/0054
McCloskey, Mark, 2018/0003
McKeown, Garth, 2018/0059
McManus, Rory, 2017/0184
Mullen, Philip, 2017/0180
Murphy, Kenneth, 2018/0055
Murphy, Tyrone, 2017/0198
O’Hanlon, Chris, 2017/191
O’Mahony, Killian, 2017/0200
Ryan, James, 2018/0063
Shanahan, Maurice, 2018/0058
Sikora, Krzysztof, 2018/0056
Smyth, Gary, 2017/0182
Tice, Patrick, 2018/0007
Whelan, Ronnie, 2018/0068

TRAINING WORKSHOP

The MCQ will be preceded by an OPTIONAL Training Workshop. Participation is not obligatory. The Workshop will run from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 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.

STALKER TRAINING MANUAL

The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual (optional purchase) can be purchased through the Online Applications section of the website, cost €35.00 including p. & p.

This post will be updated weekly in accordance with applications received.

RECOMMENDATION ON DEER CALIBRES

Some deer calibres (click to enlarge)

The .223 Rem. illustrated above is available in bullet weights ranging from 55 to 77 grains and muzzle energy levels ranging from 1282 to 1333 foot-pounds.The .220 Swift illustrated above is available in a 55 grain bullet delivering 1800 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle. 

The following recommendation has been proposed for adoption by the Irish Deer Management Forum and submission to the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by L. M. Nolan, Deer Alliance.

RECOMMENDED that the minimum calibre of firearm for the purposes of hunting wild deer under the provisions of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended) be defined as calibre .240 inches with a bullet weight of 100 grains and a muzzle energy of 2100 foot-pounds and that any necessary legislative steps be taken to give effect to this recommendation as soon as practicable but not later than 1st September 2019.

BACKGROUND

Following commencement of the Wildlife Act 1976 in 1977, Statutory Instrument No. 239/1977 Wildlife Act, 1976 (Firearms and Ammunition) Regulations, 1977 was published, providing that centre-fire rifles of not less than .22 calibre with a muzzle energy of not less than 1700 foot-pounds, and any bullet for use in such rifles, weighing not less than 55 grains, be the minimum legal calibre for purposes of hunting deer under the provisions of the Wildlife Act. The effect of this provision was to permit the use of the calibre .22-250 (typically using a 55 grain bullet) or the 5.6 x 57 m. m. (using a 74 grain bullet).

A number of considerations arise.

The first consideration is that the internationally-accepted standard for the species of deer found in Ireland is a bullet weight of 100 grains and a muzzle energy of 2100 foot-pounds.

The second consideration is that until 1972, deer hunters had access to suitable firearms of an appropriate calibre. However, publication of S.I. No. 187/1972 – Firearms (Temporary Custody) Order, 1972 provided that persons holding rifled firearms of a calibre exceeding .22 inches and ammunition therefor were obliged to surrender such firearms to the Garda Siochana not later than 5th August 1972. That Order was to remain in force for just one month from 2nd August 1972. The Order was never extended or amended but it became custom and practice of Superintendents of the Garda Siochana, as a matter of course, to refuse to grant firearms certificates for rifles of a calibre greater than .22 of an inch. That remained the case for a period of twenty-one years, until 1993, when an Application was made to the High Court sitting in Cork for Judicial Review of Ministerial policy by a person seeking a certificate for a firearm of a calibre more appropriate for deer hunting, specifically, calibre .270. The then Minister immediately took steps to bring about a review of policy and judicial review of Ministerial policy became moot. Subsequently, firearms certificates for calibres ranging from .243 to .308 were, and continue to be, routinely granted. The Garda Commissioner’s Guidelines as to the Practical Application and Operation of the Firearms Acts, 1925-2009, issued in accordance with section 3A of The Firearms Act, 1925 as inserted by section 31 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2006, now governs the practical application of firearms legislation. Firearms of a calibre greater than .308 of an inch are described as “Restricted”, as are all handguns of any calibre (excluding certain handguns used for competitive target shooting). No firearms are prohibited as such, merely “restricted” and subject to special application procedures and considerations. The result of the revised policy since 1993 is that the clear majority of licensed deer hunters now use rifles of an appropriate calibre, i.e. calibre .243, 6.5 x 55 m. m., .270, .308 and numerous variations within that range. Unfortunately, a number of hunters continue to use the .22-250 including with use of a bullet having a muzzle energy of less than 1700 foot-pounds.

The third consideration is that in the immediate wake of publication of SI 239/1977 (providing for a muzzle energy of 1700 foot-pounds of energy for use on deer), it became evident that various manufacturers of .22-250 ammunition produced, and still produce, bullets delivering less than 1700 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle. Following an exhaustive review of ballistics information available internationally, it would appear that no .22-250 ammunition currently available in Ireland delivers the legal minimum of 1700 foot-pounds of energy. Most manufacturers’ ballistics data indicate delivery of as low as 1540 foot-pounds, with an average of 1654 foot-pounds with a 55 grain bullet. The effect of this is to put users of the .22-250 outside the legal parameters for use of a firearms within the provisions of the law. In short, the existing legislation not only permits use of firearms internationally regarded as inadequate for hunting species of deer found in Ireland, it makes criminals of those users of the .22-250 for hunting deer.

For the record, the framer of the recommendation herein was consulted in 1977, after publication of SI 239/1977, in his then capacity of Chairman of the National Rifle & Pistol Association of Ireland, by a named Department official (the Department of Fisheries & Forestry having responsibility for implantation of the Wildlife Act 1976 at that time). It was made clear to said official that SI 239/1977 was defective on its face. It was intended by the Authorities at that time to correct the situation but this never happened and consequently, SI 239/1977 remains defective insofar as it criminalises most users of the .22-250 while at the same time enshrines use of a calibre widely regarded as totally inappropriate and inadequate in most situations.

Notably, although guidance to the Application Form for a licence to hunt deer issued by the National Parks & Wildlife Service states that “a .22 calibre with a muzzle energy of not less than 1700 foot-pounds is the legal minimum requirement”, it also states that “a rifle with a minimum calibre of .240 as a more appropriate firearm for shooting deer is recommended”.

For all of the foregoing reasons, this Recommendation is commended for adoption by the Irish Deer Management Forum, for onward delivery to the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and for implementation by the Minister at an early date.

DEER ALLIANCE HUNTER COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT PROGRAMME (HCAP) – CHANGE TO RANGE TEST REQUIREMENTS

HCAP Deer Targets @ 100 metres (Photo: Amanda Geard, click to enlarge)

With effect from 1st April 2018 the requirements for successful completion of the Range Test element of HCAP will change.

From 1st April 2018 the requirement will be as follows

1: Three rounds in a four-inch group in the prone position at 100 metres (rested or unrested). The four-inch group must be contained with a six-inch white grouping target which has a two-inch black aiming point at its centre. The four-inch group can be centred anywhere within the six-inch grouping target and not necessarily inside the two-inch aiming point zone.

2: Three rounds in each of three positions at three different distances, within the defined heart/lung area of the HCAP deer target. The requirement is for three rounds in the prone position (rested) at 100 metres; three rounds in the sitting or kneeling position at 60 metres; and three rounds in the standing position at 40 metres.

Thus, from 1st April 2018 the HCAP Range Test will require accurate placement of a total of twelve rounds in the defined positions, at defined distances (previously a total of nine rounds).

All normal stalking aids may be used e.g. bipods, tripods, stalking sticks or (for the prone position) a back-pack or rucksack. Candidates may have one attempt at the Grouping Target and two attempts at the Heart/lung Target, or two attempts at the Grouping Target and one at the Heart/lung target; not both.

 

HCAP-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES, 24th MARCH 2018

Pat Scully, Senior HCAP Range Officer, overseas a firing detail in the prone position
on the Blue Ball Range (Photo: Amanda Geard, click to enlarge)

The following Candidates (43 total) are deemed to be HCAP-Certified following successful completion of their HCAP MCQ on 10th March 2018 and Range Test held on 24th March 2018 (names, followed by HCAP Number).

Date of Certification: 24th March 2018.

Balukonis, Valentinas, 2018/0011
Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Bury, Dariusz, 2017/0196
Canavan, Hugh, 2018/0022
Carton, Pauraic, 2017/0137
Connolly, Paul, 2018/0030
Connolly, Steven, 2018/0031
Czop, Bartlomiej, 2018/0037
Delaney, James, 2017/0192
Dormus, Luboslaw, 2018/0038
Fitzpatrick,Robert, 2017/0197
Gajdos, Martin, 2017/0193
Healy, Lorcan
(Ó hÉalaighthe, Lorcán), 2018/0035
Hynes, Eddie, 2017/0185
Jolondcovschi, Serghei, 2018/0001
Kadlubek, Rafal, 2018/0039
Karolak, Piotr, 2018/0040
Kearney, David, 2017/0174
Kearney, Luke, 2017/0189
Kelly, Gary, 2017/0201
Kinsella, Mark, 2018/0036
Kopyt, Zbigniew, 2018/0041
Krol, Arkadiusz, 2018/0042
Liberda, Marcin, 2018/0043
Madrzynski, Daniel, 2018/0044
Maslach, Krzysztof, 2018/0045
Meere, John, 2018/0024
McDermott, Sean, 2017/0188
Moore, Karl, 2018/0023
Morrissey, Mark, 2018/0027
O’Brien, Ralph, 2018/0004
Ofiara, Robert, 2018/0047
O’Keeffe, Flavian, 2017/0190
Rosoiu, Ionut Bogdan, 2018/0029
Rotaru, Ion Marius, 2018/0032
Serafinski, Tommy, 2018/0002
Smith, Donal, 2018/0008
Stoffell, Barry, 2018/0009
Stuart, John, 2018/0025
Szafran, Sebastian, 2018/0048
Wach, Adrian, 2018/0049
Walsh, Peter, 2017/0199
Warren, Alan, 2017/0173

All Candidates 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, John Manley and John Flynn 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 26th May 2018. If such candidates do not present for their Range Test on 26th May 2018, or defer without good reason, they 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 RANGE TEST SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2018 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed their MCQ on 10th March 2018 will take place on Saturday 24th March 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 in 2017 but who remain eligible to participate on 24th March 2018.

The following is the list of eligible candidates:

Balukonis, Valentinas, 2018/0011
Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brown, Martin, 2017/0116
Bury, Dariusz, 2017/0196
Canavan, Hugh, 2018/0022
Carton, Pauraic, 2017/0137
Chan, Bobby, 2017/0139
Chan, Ryan, 2017/0140
Connolly, Paul, 2018/0030
Connolly, Steven, 2018/0031
Corcoran, David, 2017/0166
Czop, Bartlomiej, 2018/0037
Delaney, James, 2017/0192
Dormus, Luboslaw, 2018/0038
Fitzpatrick,Robert, 2017/0197
Gacesa, Milorad, 2018/0033
Gajdos, Martin, 2017/0193
Healy, Lorcan (Ó hÉalaighthe, Lorcán), 2018/0035
Howell, Myles, 2017/0179
Hynes, Eddie, 2017/0185
Jolondcovschi, Serghei, 2018/0001
Kadlubek, Rafal, 2018/0039
Karolak, Piotr, 2018/0040
Kearney, David, 2017/0174
Kearney, Luke, 2017/0189
Kelly, Gary, 2017/0201
Kinsella, Mark, 2018/0036
Kopyt, Zbigniew, 2018/0041
Krol, Arkadiusz, 2018/0042
Liberda, Marcin, 2018/0043
Lynch, Kevin, 2017/0124
Madrzynski, Daniel, 2018/0044
Maslach, Krzysztof, 2018/0045
McCann, Jim, 2017/0098
Meere, John, 2018/0024
McDermott, Sean, 2017/0188
Monaghan, Jason, 2018/0020
Moore, Karl, 2018/0023
Morrissey, Mark, 2018/0027
Murray, Patrick, 2017/0178
O’Brien Ralph, 2018/0004
Ochwat, Ryszard, 2018/0046
Ofiara, Robert, 2018/0047
O’Keeffe, Danny, 2018/0012
O’Keeffe, Flavian, 2017/0190
Rosoiu, Ionut Bogdan, 2018/0029
Rotaru, Ion Marius, 2018/0032
Scanlon, John, 2017/0121
Serafinski, Tommy, 2018/0002
Smith, Donal, 2018/0008
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024
Stoffell, Barry, 2018/0009
Stuart, John, 2018/0025
Szafran, Sebastian, 2018/0048
Wach, Adrian, 2018/0049
Walsh, Peter, 2017/0199
Warren, Alan, 2017/0173

 

Click on link to view HCAP Deer Target

Deer Target 17.3.2018

HCAP MCQ – SATURDAY 10th MARCH 2018 – RESULTS

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 10th March 2018 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 24th March 2018. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

In addition, Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at the Range Test held on Saturday 29th July 2017 will be eligible to participate on 24th March 2018 and will be added to the list of names when posted here.

Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at this MCQ on 10th March 2018 will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ in 2018 (date to be announced).

2017/0197, 92%, Pass
2018/0033, 88%, Pass
2017/0193, 84%, Pass
2018/0035, 98%, Pass
2017/0179, 90%, Pass
2017/0185, 90%, Pass
2018/0001, 96%, Pass
2018/0039, 96%, Pass
2018/0040, 96%, Pass
2017/0174, 92%, Pass
2018/0011, 94%, Pass
2017/0057, 86%, Pass
2017/0196, 84%, Pass
2018/0022, 96%, Pass
2017/0137, 90%, Pass
2018/0030, 86%, Pass
2018/0031, 90%, Pass
2018/0037, 92%, Pass
2017/0192, 92%, Pass
2018/0038, 96%, Pass
2017/0189, 92%, Pass
2017/0201, 100%, Pass
2018/0036, 88%, Pass
2018/0041, 94%, Pass
2017/0190, 86%, Pass
2018/0029, 94%,Pass
2018/0032, 96%, Pass
2018/0002, 98%, Pass
2018/0008, 84%, Pass
2018/0009, 98%, Pass
2018/0025, 96%, Pass.
2018/0048, 94%, Pass
2018/0049, 94%, Pass
2017/0199, 100%, Pass
2017/0173, 92%, Pass
2018/0042, 92%, Pass
2018/0043, 92%, Pass
2018/0044, 96%, Pass
2018/0045, 94%, Pass
2018/0024, 88%, Pass
2017/0188, 80%, Pass
2018/0023, 94%, Pass
2018/0027, 98%, Pass
2017/0178, 90%, Pass
2018/0004, 80%, Pass
2018/0046, 96%, Pass
2018/0047, 94%, Pass

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.

2018/0003, 76%, Fail

 

 

CHANGE TO RFT DEADLINES

DEADLINES CHANGED, AS OF 6th MARCH 2018

The deadline for clarification questions in relation to the DAFM Request for Tenders (RFT) for provision of deer management services in Co. Wicklow has been extended to 17.00 hours on Friday 9th March 2018 (was 12.00 noon on Friday 24th February 2018).

The deadline for responses (tenders) has been extended to 12.00 noon on Thursday 5th April 2018 (was 12.00 noon on 8th March 2018).

For further information on the RFT, see previous postings, 18th & 23rd February 2018.

MCQ 3rd MARCH 2018 POSTPONED

Due to continuing adverse weather conditions including heavy snowfall on all roads leading to our venue, the HCAP MCQ scheduled to take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 is POSTPONED.

Instead it will take place on Saturday 10th March 2018.

All other details remain the same.

While every attempt will be made to notify candidates individually, this notice must be deemed to be sufficient notice of the change of dates.