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PRESS RELEASE FROM MINISTER NOONAN

Minister Noonan Launches new E-licensing system
Date Released: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

First phase of online portal involves processing deer hunting applications for 2024/2025, with more applications to be added over time

New system offers significant benefits to users, including greater efficiency and flexibility
Development is part of organisational renewal in NPWS, and will assist national efforts underway to manage the deer population.

Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD today launched the first phase of a new initiative developed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) to bring licence applications online. Applications for deer hunting licences for the coming season can now be submitted to the NPWS through a new Heritage Licensing Portal. Over time the portal will be expanded to become a one-stop-shop for all Heritage licences.

The portal is one of the flagship projects of the Department’s Heritage ICT Modernisation Programme, and will deliver a modern, fast, efficient licencing process. Those applying for deer hunting licences for the 2024/2025 season will be the first group to avail of the new online system. In addition to processing licence applications, hunting returns can be added incrementally throughout the year. Applications for other licences will be managed through the portal in due course.

Minister Noonan said:

“I welcome this modern, flexible and citizen focused approach to issuing licences, which will also bring about benefits for nature. Deer are an integral part of the Irish landscape, but overgrazing is putting pressure on our woodlands and peatlands habitats. Preventing wild deer from accessing these habitats is challenging, and hunters are a major line of defence in protecting them. This new development will provide a more efficient, user friendly process which will support them to play their part in the overall management of the deer population and in particular hotspots.”

The new e-Licensing system will benefit applicants in a number of ways. Once they have set up an individual account, each applicant will be able to manage their licence applications and returns. They will be able to track the progress of their application, and access their licence documentation online when approved. Applicants may also add hunting returns throughout the year, before submitting them at the end of the season in advance of applying the following year.

Director General of the NPWS, Niall Ó Donnchú said

“NPWS has been in a phase of renewal since the launch of our Strategic Action Plan in 2023. The delivery of initiatives such as e-Licensing demonstrate our commitment to a high level of service to both stakeholders and the public.

This new system has been enhanced by engagement with hunting organisations and stakeholders, and I would like to thank them for their contribution. We look forward to their engagement as we further develop this system to support other licence applications.”

Further Information

Phase 1 of the eLicensing system allows those wishing to apply for a deer hunting licence for the 2024/2025 season to do so digitally in a safe and secure environment.

To apply for a deer hunting licence, applicants will have to create a profile on the Heritage Licensing Portal. This can be done on computers or on mobile devices through a browser.

Applicants will be required to supply relevant information and documentation, including photo, certification of hunting training, firearms details etc., as relevant. Applications will be reviewed within NPWS, and once approved, a licence will issue digitally to the applicant. A copy of the licence will be emailed to the address provided by the applicant, but will also be available within the portal.

NPWS has met with relevant stakeholder groups, and has provided them with a run through of the system. A FAQ document will be available to users, and a helpline will be available.

Applicants will be able to access the Portal from 2pm on Tuesday 4 June at the following url: portal.heritage.gov.ie

The Helpline number is 01 8883242 or email deerlicences@npws.gov.ie.

For any technical issues when registering contact heritage.licensing@housing.gov.ie

NEXT SCHEDULED HCAP EVENT – SATURDAY 29th JUNE 2024 (TRAINING WORKSHOP & MCQ)

 

Book Cover

The next event in the 2024 Series of Deer Alliance HCAP Training Workshops & MCQs will be held on Saturday 29th June 2024 (10am – 5pm), followed on Saturday 6th July 2024 by the supporting Range Test for successful MCQ Candidates. The venue for the Workshop & MCQ is the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow, R93 N207. The Range Test will be held at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 NC58.

THIS WILL THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS FOR THE DEER HUNTING LICENCE TO ACHIEVE HCAP CERTIFICATION BEFORE THE OPENING OF THE NEW SEASON 2024-2025 ON 1st AUGUST 2024.

APPLICATION

Application can be made online through the Online Applications section of the website or in hard copy by post. Online payment is through PayPal using any valid debit or credit card (applicants do not need their own PayPal account) or by post with cheque or postal order. Hard copy application forms can be downloaded from the website.

The cost of HCAP remains unchanged at €165.00, and €35.00 for the Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual (also purchased through the Online Applications section).

 

 

DISCOUNT FOR MEMBERS OF IFA COUNTRYSIDE

 

Members of IFA Countryside can avail of an inclusive special discount price of €120.00 (covering HCAP Application, Stalker Training Manual, Workshop, MCQ, Range Test and certification), generously subsidised by IFA Farm Business Skillnet. New and intending members of IFA Countryside should call 0818 924 982 or 01 426 0368 for membership information, which includes insurance cover for all hunting and other countryside activities, compliant with requirements for the HCAP Range Test.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

The following candidates are eligible to participate in the HCAP Training Workshop & MCQ talking place on Saturday 29th June 2024. The list includes candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at previous Workshops & MCQs. Candidates having missed two or more events may be de-listed as eligible if they fail to attend this next scheduled event. If such candidates wish to complete their HCAP certification process, they will be required to re-enter the process as Repeat Candidates, subject to the standard Repeat Fee of 50.00.

ARNOLD, Conor, 2024/0093
BEZRUCKO, Dmitrij, 2024/0080
BRASSO, Balazs, 2024/0083
BRESLIN, Anthony, 2024/0084
CONNORS, Thomas, 2024/0089
CRANNY, Neil, 2024/0081
DICKENSON, Gregory, 2024/0094
DICKENSON, Patrick, 2024/0095
DORAN, Dylan, 2024/0099
FOLEY, John, 2024/0058
FOX, Shane, 2024/0082
FLYNN, Declan, 2022/0113
FRENCH, Terry, 2024/0086
GARIB, Sayf, 2024/0028
GLENDON, Philip, 2024/0074
GLYNN, Alan, 2024/0014
HEALY, Conor, 2024/0091
KANE, Patrick, 2023/0091
KELLY, Martin, 2024/0098
KELLY, Robert, 2023/0087
KIRWAN, Edward, 2024/0019
KIRWAN (Jnr.), Edward, 2024/0020
KIRWAN, Jason, 2024/0021
KIRWAN, John, 2024/0022
MacSWEENEY, Ronan, 2024/0050
MAGUIRE, David, 2024/0096
MULCAHY, John, 2024/0100
MUNTEANU, Mihail, 2024/0097
NOLAN, Alan, 2024/0087
O’DONOHUE, Brion, 2024/0088
O’CONNOR, Niall, 2024/0078
O’LEARY, Noel, 2024/0064
Ó MEARÁIN, Lochlann, 2024/0066
O’NEILL, Michael, 2024/0041
O’REILLY, Patrick, 2024/0070
RONAN, Darren, 2024/0015
SMITH, Adam, 2024/0085
TICE, George, 2023/0130
TURLEY, Max, 2024, 2024/0090
WHELAN, Chris, 2024/0011
WHITE, Ronnie, 2024/0067

(This list will be updated as applications are received. Last update, 7.6.2024)

SIKA THE WILD DEER

In addition, thanks to a special sponsorship deal offered exclusively to Deer Alliance HCAP, the first 100 HCAP Candidates in 2024 will receive a complimentary copy of Sika the Wild Deer (retail value €25.00), the story of the life of a sika stag in Wicklow from conception to maturity, seen through the eyes of a stalker.

FIREARMS FOR RANGE TEST

HCAP Candidates who do not have access to their own deer-legal rifle have two options open to them. If they have a friend who has a deer-legal rifle and is prepared to let the candidate use that rifle for the Range Test, that is permitted, provided that the friend holds a valid Firearm Certificate for the firearm in question, holds valid shooting insurance and is present with the Candidate on the Range at all times. Alternatively, the candidate can avail of a Club Rifle in calibre .243, available from the Midland Range. Booking must be made at least two weeks in advance and is subject to Garda vetting. The current cost of rifle hire is €60.00, to include ammunition sufficient for the standard Range Test. Candidates with no previous experience of full-bore rifle shooting may be required to undertake basic tuition and competency testing on a one-to-one basis at the Midland Range (to include the Range Test Course of Fire but not as part of the Range Test), the current cost of which is €150.00 (one person, one day tuition and test preparation). Hire of a Club rifle and/or arrangements for tuition and test preparation, including all costs, are entirely a matter between Midland Range management and personnel, are outside the ordinary HCAP process and Deer Alliance HCAP has no responsibility or obligation in this regard. For further information about use of a Club firearm for the HCAP Range Test, contact John Paul Craven (Range Operator), 086 823 2641 or Tony Saunders, 087 097 7589.

MANDATORY CERTIFICATION

Certification has been mandatory for all first-time applicants for a Deer Hunting Licence since 2022 and has been obligatory for all persons hunting on Coillte forest property since 2005. In addition, the recent Irish Deer Management Strategy Group report published in December 2023, recommends phased certification for all hunters over the next 3 to 5 years (including licensed hunters not hunting on Coillte forest property and/or holding a Deer Hunting Licence prior to 2022).

ABOUT HCAP

HCAP is the only training programme in Ireland developed in partnership with Coillte Teoranta, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Forest Service, An Garda Síochána and all principal deer organisations. HCAP completed its twentieth year of operation in 2023 and to date approximately 3700 licensed deer hunters have participated in the programme. Enquiries by email to deeralliance@gmail.com or by ‘phone to 086 1927 845 (office hours).

Sika the Wild Deer. The first 100 HCAP Candidates in 2024 will receive a  complimentary copy, thanks to sponsorship received.

REGISTERING FOR THE DEER HUNTING LICENCE ONLINE – SYSTEM NOW LIVE

The online application process for the Deer Hunting Licence is now live. DHL applications can now be made online only, hard-copy applications will not be accepted.

In order to assist with registering for the new elicensing system  please find below links to the following documents:

· Screenshot walk-through of how to register on the new Heritage Licensing Portal

· Screenshot walk-through of how to submit a renewal application

The NPWS website will be updated tomorrow afternoon with the link to the portal, FAQs, these two attached documents and the contact details for users with questions.

If anyone has a problem registering for the system they should email:

· Heritage.licensing@housing.gov.ie

If anyone has questions in relation to applying for their Deer Hunting Licence they should contact Wildlife Licensing Unit:

· deerlicences@npws.gov.ie

· Call 01-8883242

Registering for Heritage Licensing Portal, click HERE

Submitting DHL Renewal Application, click HERE

TO APPLY FOR OR TO RENEW A DEER HUNTING LICENCE THROUGH THE HERITAGE LICENSING PORTAL, CLICK HERE

(Notice updated 4th June, 2024)

Major Review of Wildlife Legislation to Begin With Consultation

Plans for the “biggest review of wildlife legislation for a generation” have been set out by the Government.

Members of the public will soon be invited to participate in a public consultation on updates to wildlife legislation, including the Wildlife Act 1976, the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 and related regulations.

This legislation covers areas such as the protection of birds, the protection of certain wild animals, and the protection of certain lands, sites and habitats.

Malcolm Noonan, the Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, said: “This is the biggest review of wildlife legislation for a generation. It is vital that the public has their say.

“The review will examine a host of issues including penalties for wildlife crime, enforcement measures, licensing requirements, wildlife protection, habitat protection among many others. We want to hear from the public on how the legislation can be improved, what extra protections should be provided, and what the priorities should be.

“This review will seek to strike an appropriate balance between the needs of humans and the needs of wildlife. The update of wildlife legislation is part of a commitment under the programme for government to ‘review the protection (including enforcement of relevant legislation) of our natural heritage, including hedgerows, native woodland, and wetlands’.”

The objectives are to update legislation so that it better protects nature, helps prevent biodiversity loss, is fully compliant with EU law, and is easier to enforce and comply with.

The first phase of the consultation will be an online public consultation and will run from mid-June to September.

The review will be completed over several years and will entail several phases of public consultation, with a view to having substantial updates of legislation passed by the end of 2027.

HCAP RANGE TEST, SATURDAY 18th MAY 2024 – SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

NPWS CONSERVATION RANGERS MIKE PEARSON & SEÁN MULDOON,
WHO COMPLETED THEIR HCAP CERTIFICATION ON 18th MAY 2024.

The candidates listed below all completed their two-stage Deer Alliance Hunter Competence Assessment Programme with their Range Test at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore on Saturday 18th May 2024. Thanks, as always, go to the Midland Range management and personnel, including Tony Saunders and J. P. Craven, and to Deer Alliance Range Officers Liam McGarry and Pat Scully. Successful candidates received their HCAP Certificates, ID cards and badges from HCAP Course Director, Liam M. Nolan.

NEW HCAP-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES, DATE OF CERTIFICATION 18th MAY 2024:

COLE, Matthew, 2024/0077
CULLEN, Tom, 2024/0018
DOYLE, Alan, 2024/0062
ENNIS, Alan, 2024/0061
FOXTON, Jordan, 2024/0069
GOLDEN, Jonathan, 2024/0057
GRANT, Diarmuid, 2024/0079
HYLAND, Enda, 2017/0181
HYLAND, Norman, 2024/0059
LAWLOR, John, 2024/0072
McCULLOUGH, Ashley, 2024/0051
McENROY, Niall, 2024/0049
McGRATH, Anthony, 2024/0045
McLOUGHLIN, Eamonn, 2024/0065
McMORROW, Oonagh, 2024/0012
MOLDOVAN, Andrei, 2024/0048
MOLDOVAN, Imiha, 2024/0060
MULDOON, Seán, 2024/0075
O’SHEA, John, 2024/0052
STARODUBTSEV, Eugene, 2024/0047
TREACY, Grainne, 2024/0046
PEARSON, Michael, 2024/0076
POP-BUIA, Lenut, 2024/0080
POTTS, Christopher, 2024/0071
SAHOVS, Andrejs, 2024/0053
WILLIS, Elliot, 2024/0054
WILLIS, Rodica, 2024/0055

The list of successful candidates included members of IFA Countryside, who benefited from a 40% subsidy of the ordinary HCAP fee, courtesy of IFA Farm Business Skillnet. Successful candidates are enrolled as members of the Association of HCAP-Certified Hunters except where they have opted out of membership. Candidates who were No-Shows or Deferrals at this Range Test will remain eligible to participate in the next scheduled Range Test on 6th July 2024 except where they have missed two or more earlier events. Reminders are not issued.

Some Successful Candidates

From top left – Elliot Willis & Rodica Willis, NPWS Conservation Ranger Eamonn McLoughlin, John O’Shea & Grainne Treacy, Anthony McGrath, Thomas “Toss” Cullen & Christopher Potts, Jordan Foxton & John Lawlor, Eugene Starodubtsev & Andrejs Sahovs, Matthew Cole, Jonathan Golden & Alan Ennis, Oonagh McMorrow.

 

 


 

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 18th MAY 2024 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

SIKA HIND – THE HCAP RANGE TEST TARGET. THREE SHOTS INSIDE A FOUR-INCH CIRCLE ON THE SIX-INCH WHITE CIRCLE (USING THE FOUR-INCH BLACK AIMING MARK) IN THE PRONE POSITION (RESTED) AT 100 METRES, FOLLOWED BY NINE SHOTS IN THE HEART/LUNG AREA (THREE SHOTS PRONE AT 100 METRES, THREE SHOTS SITTING/KNEELING AT SIXTY METRES & THREE SHOTS STANDING AT 40  METRES). ALL LEGITIMATE STALKING AIDS MAY BE USED.

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 18th May 2024.

Candidates should be present at the Range from 9.30 a.m., to sign in with Range management in the Clubhouse, with personal ID, firearms certificate, and evidence of insurance. Zeroing is not permitted on the morning of the Range Test. A reminder that sound moderators and all legitimate stalking aids e.g., shooting sticks, bipods and tripods are permitted. After registration candidates should proceed in their vehicles to the Main Range, in convoy under the direction of Range personnel. After successful completion of the Range Test, candidates will be given a card which they should bring back to the Clubhouse to receive their HCAP Certificate.

Candidates are permitted one opportunity at the Grouping Stage and two opportunities on the Main Target, OR two opportunities at the Grouping Stage and one at the Main Target (but not two opportunities at both stages).

At Stage 1 (grouping stage), candidates are required to place three rounds in a four-inch group, with a four-inch black aiming point on a six-inch white circle, in the prone position, rested.

At Stage 2 (deer target), candidates are required to place nine rounds within the heart & lung area on the life-size sika hind target – three rounds prone rested at 100 metres, three rounds sitting/kneeling at 60 metres and three rounds standing. All legitimate stalking aids are permitted. Sound moderators may be used provided they are factory-threaded.

Candidates wishing to avail of Club rifles should contact Tony Saunders at MRC directly, tel. 087 097 7589, in advance of the Range Test.

Candidates will be observed at all times for adherence to all safety protocols. Any lapse in safety standards may be followed by immediate expulsion from the Range, at the discretion of Range management.

ELIGIBLE RANGE TEST CANDIDATES

COLE, Matthew
CULLEN, Tom
DOYLE, Alan
ENNIS, Alan
FITZGERALD, Ollie
FOXTON, Jordan
GOLDEN, Jonathan
GRANT, Diarmuid
HYLAND, Enda
HYLAND, Norman
LAWLOR, John
McCULLOUGH, Ashley
McENROY, Niall
McGRATH, Anthony
McLOUGHLIN, Eamonn
McMORROW, Oonagh
MOLDOVAN, Andrei
MOLDOVAN, Imiha
MULDOON, Seán
NIBLOCK, David
O’SHEA, John
STARODUBTSEV, Eugene
TREACY, Grainne
PEARSON, Michael
POP-BUIA, Lenut
POTTS, Christopher
SAHOVS, Andrejs
SZOKE, Tamas
WILLIS, Elliot
WILLIS, Rodica

The above list includes candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at previous Range Tests. For such candidates, failure to attend on 18th May 2024 without notice will lead to de-listing as eligible candidates and if they wish to complete their HCAP certification process, they will have to re-apply for the Range Test as Repeat Candidates.

Location of Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 NC58.

 

COILLTE LISTINGS – AREAS FOR TENDER 2024 – 2029

A round of tender offers for hunting on Coillte forest property will open through HAMS (Heritage Area Management System, previously Hunting Area Management System)  on 31st May 2024. Bidders must have a registered account on the HAMS system.

For information on HAMS, to register an account or to update account information, click HERE

ONLINE APPLICATION FOR THE DEER HUNTING LICENCE

The application process for the NPWS Deer Hunting Licence will shortly go fully online. The system was recently demonstrated to stakeholders and will undoubtedly lead to more efficient and time-efficient processing  of applications. Applicants will be required to register and maintain an account on the NPWS Heritage Licensing Portal. When making an application, applicants are required to upload a passport-type photograph and copies of their Firearms Certificate and HCAP certificate (mandatory for first-time applicants for the DHL and optional or holders of recent licences). Written landowner permission will not be required but applicants must fulfill two Declarations relation to land permission and obligations under the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended). Applicants renewing their DHL must also provide details of last season’s cull.

The system will go live on 4th June 2024 and application for the DHL can be made from that date.

To view the Licensing Portal Demonstration in pdf form, click here: DHL Portal Demo 10.5.2024

 

 

HCAP MCQ SATURDAY 11th MAY 2024 – RESULTS

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow, on Saturday 11th May 2024 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly R35 NC58 on Saturday 18th May 2024. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately.

Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at this MCQ on 11th May 2024 will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ, except where they have missed two or more MCQs without notice, in which case they are now de-listed as eligible and must re-enter the HCAP process as Repeat Candidates if they wish to complete their HCAP Certification.

2024/0077, 94%, Pass
2024/0018, 86%, Pass
2024/0062, 94%, Pass
2024/0061, 80%, Pass
2024/0056, 88%, Pass
2024/0069, 96%, Pass
2024/0057, 88%, Pass
2024/0079, 86%, Pass
2017/0181, 94%, Pass
2024/0059, 90%, Pass
2024/0072, 92%, Pass
2024/0051, 88%, Pass
2024/0049, 94%, Pass
2024/0045, 94%, Pass
2024/0065, 98%, Pass
2024/0012, 98%, Pass
2024/0048, 94%, Pass
2024/0060, 94%, Pass
2024/0075, 94%, Pass
2024/0063, 94%, Pass
2024/0052, 94%, Pass
2024/0047, 94%, Pass
2024/0046, 94%, Pass
2024/0076, 96%, Pass
2024/0080, 94%, Pass
2024/0071, 96%, Pass
2024/0053, 90%, Pass
2024/0073, 98%, Pass
2024/0054, 96%, Pass
2024/0055, 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. Repeat candidates are not required to repeat the Training Workshop which precedes each MCQ but must re-enter HCAP as Repeat Candidates. “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.

2024/0068, 70%, Fail

HCAP JUNE/JULY 2024 – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for the next event in the 2024 Series of HCAP assessments, which will be held on Saturday 29th June 2024 (Training Workshop & MCQ (10am – 5pm) and Sarurday 6th July 2024 (Range Test, 10am start time). The venue for the Workshop & MCQ is the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, Co. Carlow, R93 N207. The Range Test will be held at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 NC58.

This is the last opportunity for first-time applicants for the Deer Hunting Licence to achieve HCAP accreditation before the start of the new season 2024-2025 on 1st August 2024.

Application can be made online through the Online Applications section of the website or in hard copy by post. Online payment is through PayPal using any valid debit or credit card (applicants do not need their own PayPal account) or by post with cheque or postal order. Hard copy application forms can be downloaded from the website.

The cost of HCAP remains unchanged at €165.00, and €35.00 for the Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual (also purchased through the Online Applications section).

 

 

 

 

DISCOUNT FOR MEMBERS OF IFA COUNTRYSIDE

Members of IFA Countryside can avail of an inclusive special discount price of €120.00 (covering HCAP Application, Stalker Training Manual, Workshop, MCQ, Range Test and certification), generously subsidised by IFA Farm Business Skillnet. New and intending members of IFA Countryside should call 0818 924 982 or 01 426 0368 for membership information, which includes insurance cover for all hunting and other countryside activities, compliant with requirements for the HCAP Range Test.

SIKA THE WILD DEER

In addition, thanks to a special sponsorship deal offered exclusively to Deer Alliance HCAP, the first 100 HCAP Candidates in 2024 will receive a complimentary copy of Sika the Wild Deer (retail value €25.00), the story of the life of a sika stag in Wicklow from conception to maturity, seen through the eyes of a stalker.

FIREARMS FOR RANGE TEST

HCAP Candidates who do not have access to their own deer-legal rifle have two options open to them. If they have a friend who has a deer-legal rifle and is prepared to let the candidate use that rifle for the Range Test, that is permitted, provided that the friend holds a valid Firearm Certificate for the firearm in question, holds valid shooting insurance and is present with the Candidate on the Range at all times. Alternatively, the candidate can avail of a Club Rifle in calibre .243, available from the Midland Range. Booking must be made at least two weeks in advance and is subject to Garda vetting. The current cost of rifle hire is €60.00, to include ammunition sufficient for the standard Range Test. Candidates with no previous experience of full-bore rifle shooting may be required to undertake basic tuition and competency testing on a one-to-one basis at the Midland Range (to include the Range Test Course of Fire but not as part of the Range Test), the current cost of which is €150.00 (one person, one day tuition and test preparation). Hire of a Club rifle and/or arrangements for tuition and test preparation, including all costs, are entirely a matter between Midland Range management and personnel, are outside the ordinary HCAP process and Deer Alliance HCAP has no responsibility or obligation in this regard. For further information about use of a Club firearm for the HCAP Range Test, contact John Paul Craven (Range Operator), 086 823 2641 or Tony Saunders, 087 097 7589.

Sika the Wild Deer. The first 100 HCAP Candidates in 2024 will receive a  complimentary copy, thanks to sponsorship received.