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HCAP 2019 – ELIGIBLE MCQ CANDIDATES

Rutting Red Stag (click to enlarge)

As Deer Alliance HCAP is a not-for-profit body run by volunteers, assessments are held only during the Closed Season, March to August each year as the volunteers on whom we rely for assistance at MCQs, Training Workshops and Range Tests are engaged in their own deer management and culling activities during the Open Season, September to February each year.

The schedule of dates for 2019 will be posted here as soon as dates are finalised and in the meanwhile all applications received between now and then will be automatically listed for participation in the next scheduled MCQ in March 2019.

The following is a list of candidates currently eligible for participation in the next scheduled MCQ (date to be posted here when finalised).

Breslin, Charles, 2018/0075
Durnin, David, 2018/0123
Edge, Robert, 2018/0104
Flaherty, James, 2018/0051
Hussey, Fergus, 2018/0125
Kirby, Colm, 2018/0124
Martin, David, 2018/0122
Quinlan, Ken, 2018/0082 (IFA1)
Tice, Patrick, 2018/0007
Whelan, John, 2018/0080 (IFA1)

The following candidates, having passed their MCQ, but having deferred their Range Test in 2018, remain eligible to participate in the next scheduled Range Test (date to be posted here when finalised).

Dunne, Philip, 2018/0099
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
Shanahan, Maurice, 2018/0058

IRISH DEER COMMISSION JOINS RANKS OF DEER ORGANISATIONS

Killarney Red Deer (photograph by Michelle Cooper Galvin). Click to enlarge.

The newly-formed Irish Deer Commission joins the ranks of bodies dedicated to the best-practice management and conservation of wild deer in Ireland and invites membership applications, click here or here.

For recent commentary from the IDC’s Damien Hannigan on the proposed “significant” planned cull of red deer in Killarney National Park, click here.

The IDC will host a Rut Walk and Wildlife Photography talk in Killarney National Park to watch one of nature’s amazing spectacles, the annual Red Deer Rut which has taken place continuously in Kerry for over 6,000 years. This event is hosted by National Parks and Wildlife Service and is free of charge The walk takes place at the peak of the Red deer rut on Sunday October 14th 2018. Further information on the IDC website and pre-booking is advised.

Meanwhile, the Irish Deer Society is the longest-established deer organisation in Ireland and also invites support. For more information, click here.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland also invites membership. Click here to learn more or email secretarywdai@gmail.com (postal address PO Box 67, Kinsale, Co. Cork), or ‘phone 087 687 8228.

RESULTS OF HCAP RANGE TEST – HCAP-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES, 4th AUGUST 2018

HCAP-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES 4th AUGUST 2018

The following Candidates (13 total) are deemed to be HCAP-Certified following successful completion of their HCAP Assessment after the Range Test held on 4th August 2018 (names, followed by HCAP Number).

Date of Certification: 4th August 2018.

Adamus, Lukasz, 2018/0100
Barry, James, 2018/0117
Burke, Conor, 2018/0113
Butler, Brian, 2018/0114
Brennan, Gary, 2018/0121
Cherek, Marcin, 2018/0118
Dallaghan, Maurice, 2018/0069
Fenton, Roland, 2018/0107
Kecskes, Zoltan, 2018/0120
Lambert, Kevin, 2018/0111
Leskovics, Aldis, 2018/0119
Murphy, Robert, 2018/0116
Ó Conchubhair, Nick, 2018/0109

All Candidates in attendance were successful on this occasion 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 usual very professional management of the Test on the Range.

This Range Test was the last in the 2018 Series. HCAP Assessments are not conducted during the Open Season, September to February inclusive. Applications received during this period will be listed for HCAP in 2019, commencing in March. Dates for MCQs and Range Tests will be announced here in the New Year.

Candidates who were No-Shows on this occasion will be carried forward to the next scheduled Range Test in 2019, except where they have missed two or more Range Tests, in which cases they are automatically de-listed as eligible and can complete their HCAP only on payment of the standard HCAP Repeat Fee (€50.00).

DEER MANAGEMENT SERVICES CONTRACT ANNOUNCED

The following Press Release was issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine on Thursday 2nd August 2018:

“Minister Andrew Doyle T.D., and Minister Josepha Madigan T.D., announce the joint signing of a contract for the “Provision of Deer management services in the Co. Wicklow Region

“Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle T.D., and Minister at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaelteacht, Josepha Madigan T.D., today announced the signing of a contract with the Wicklow Uplands Council for provision of Deer Management Services in the Wicklow Region. The signing of the contract follows a successful bid by Wicklow Uplands Council, following a tender competition that took place earlier this year. This jointly funded project will run for three years and is designed to enable rapid local level capacity building and co-operation in relation to long-term management of deer populations in Co. Wicklow.

“Unsustainable deer populations have the potential to impact adversely on agriculture, conservation and forestry objectives, as well as road safety. Issues related to high deer populations frequently arise in Co. Wicklow, and are increasingly of concern to a range of land managers and conservationists in the county. Minister Madigan stated that “I am very pleased to be working with Minister Doyle on this important project for the region, the sustainable management of deer in County Wicklow is a significant issue for both land owners and those concerned with animal welfare.” Minister Andrew Doyle, said that “The objective of this project is the management of locally occurring deer populations within 3 newly established deer management units located in the Wicklow region. The project will put sustainable deer management within the county on a more professional basis and promote knowledge transfer in the county, as well as mainstreaming of the project and sharing of knowledge where required outside Co. Wicklow.”

“Unsustainably high deer populations have been an issue in County Wicklow for several years impacting on forestry, conservation and agricultural objectives in the county, as well as being a deer welfare issue in their own right. The guiding principles set out in the joint report called “Deer Management in Ireland, A Framework for Action” will be followed by the Wicklow Uplands Council during the three year term of the contract. The management of wild deer for example must take place within appropriate management, regulatory and spatial structures that reflect deer ranging behaviour and habitat scales, and the dynamic nature of modern land use practice and land use objectives. Minister Doyle said that “Wild deer should be managed in a sustainable manner, that is safe, humane, and ethically responsible, and that maximises the benefits of deer management to society”.

“This project will build on existing experience in the county, and will augment National level development in the area through the Irish Deer Management Forum and knowledge transfer measures”.

(end of press release)

Footnote: The Request for Tenders (RFT) for the provision of Deer Management Services in Wicklow issued in February 2018 (see previous posting here, dated 18th February 2018) valued the contract at €120000.00 (excluding VAT) over the three-year life of the contract (payable to the successful bidder).

 

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 4th AUGUST 2018 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

HCAP RANGE TEST TARGET – THREE ROUNDS IN A FOUR-INCH GROUP ON A GROUPING TARGET, (PRONE POSITION) FOLLOWED BY THREE ROUNDS IN THE HEART/LUNG AREA IN EACH OF THREE POSITIONS (PRONE, KNEELING/SITTING AND STANDING), TOTAL TWELVE ROUNDS

The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed their MCQ on 14th July 2018 will take place on Saturday 4th August 2018 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, commencing at 10.00 a.m. sharp. The list includes candidates eligible for the Range Test following qualification at previous MCQs but having deferred their Range Test on previous occasions. Such candidates are reminded that if having deferred two or more Range Tests, they miss the Range Test on 4th August they will be delisted as eligible and may complete their HCAP only by re-entering for the Range Test stage and paying a Repeat Fee of €50.00.

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.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Adamus, Lukasz, 2018/0100
Barry, James, 2018/0117
Burke, Conor, 2018/0113
Brown, Martin, 2017/0116
Butler, Brian, 2018/0114
Butler, Rupert, 2018/0086
Brennan, Gary, 2018/0121
Cherek, Marcin, 2018/0118
Corcoran, David, 2017/0166
Dallaghan, Maurice, 2018/0069
Dunne, Philip, 2018/0099
Fenton, Roland, 2018/0107
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
Kecskes, Zoltan, 2018/0120
Lambert, Kevin, 2018/0111
Leskovics, Aldis, 2018/0119
McCann, Jim, 2017/0098
Monaghan, Jason, 2018/0020
Murphy, Robert, 2018/0116
Ó Conchubhair, Nick, 2018/0109
O’Keeffe, Danny, 2018/0012
Shanahan, Maurice, 2018/0058
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024

 

HCAP MCQ – SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018 – RESULTS

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 21st July 2018 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 4th August 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 14th July 2018 will be eligible to participate on 4th August 2018 and will be added to the list of names when posted here.

The MCQ held on 21st July 2018 was the last in the 2018 Series. Assessments are not conducted during the Open Season September to February. A Calendar for 2019 will be posted here on the Deer Alliance website when finalised.

Candidates who were Deferrals or No-Shows at this MCQ on 21st July 2018 will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ in 2019, except where they have missed two or more MCQs without notice. In such cases they will be required to re-enter as Repeat Candidates (Repeat Fee €50.00).

On this occasion all participating candidates passed the MCQ.

2018/0100, 98%, Pass
2018/0117, 90%, Pass
2018/0121, 90%, Pass
2018/0118, 90%, Pass
2018/0069, 92%, Pass
2018/0107, 82%, Pass
2018/0120, 88%, Pass
2018/0111, 94%, Pass
2018/0119, 80%, Pass
2018/0116, 100%, Pass

LATEST FIGURES SHOW MASSIVE INCREASES

Figures recently made available by the National Parks & Wildlife Service show massive increases in both the number of licenced deer hunters, and in the number of wild deer shot nationally.

A total of 5249 Deer Hunting Licences were issued for the Season 2017-2018. This compares with approximately 4600 in the previous year.

According to hunters’ bag returns, a total of 37241 wild deer (three species) were shot in 2016-2017.

 

RESULTS OF HCAP RANGE TEST – HCAP-CERTIFIED CANDIDATES, 14th JULY 2018

The following Candidates (23 total) are deemed to be HCAP-Certified following successful completion of their HCAP Assessment after the Range Test held on 14th July 2018 (names, followed by HCAP Number).

Date of Certification: 14th July 2018.

Begley, Kevin, 2018/0094
Burke, Liam, 2018/0112
Condon, Pa, 2018/0115
Cullen, James, 2018/0095
Daly, Steven, 2018/0070
Duggan, Jamie, 2018/0057
Earle, Edward, 2018/0097
Flynn, David, 2018/0053
Galvin, Emmet, 2018/0005
Hanna, John, 2018/0105
Hanna, Robert, 2018/0106
Hourigan, Gerard, 2017/0187
Keyes, Paul, 2018/0090
Kinsella, Jason, 2018/0098
Lambert John, 2018/0110
McNally, Garrett, 2018/0102
McNally, Shane, 2018/0101
Mongey, Eamon, 2018/0096
Mullen, Philip, 2017/0180
O’Reilly, Wesley, 2018/0073
Smith, Daragh, 2018/0108
Whelan, Ronnie, 2018/0068
Wychowalek, Radoslaw, 2018/0103

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 13 qualified Deferrals/No-Shows, who will have their opportunity of completing the Range Test stage of HCAP on SATURDAY 4th AUGUST 2018 (confirmed date).

DEFERRALS/NO-SHOWS

Burke, Conor, 2018/0113
Brown, Martin, 2017/0116
Butler, Brian, 2018/0114
Butler, Rupert, 2018/0086
Corcoran, David, 2017/0166
Dunne, Philip, 2018/0099
Ivanoff, Eftim, 2018/0050
McCann, Jim, 2017/0098
Monaghan, Jason, 2018/0020
Ó Conchubhair, Nick, 2018/0109
O’Keeffe, Danny, 2018/0012
Shanahan, Maurice, 2018/0058
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024

All Deferrals/No-Shows should note that where two successive Range Tests are missed without notification and reasonable excuse for absence, such Candidates may only complete the HCAP process by re-entering the Range Test stage as Repeat Candidates, subject to €50.00 Repeat Fee.

 

HCAP MCQ SATURDAY 21st JULY 2018

The next and final HCAP MCQ in the 2018 Summer Series (the last in the 2018 Series) will be held on Saturday 21st July 2018 at 3.30 p.m. in the Ionad Dara Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The supporting Range Test will be held at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co.Offaly on SATURDAY 4th AUGUST 2018 (confirmed date).

The following Candidates are eligible to participate in the MCQ on 21st July:

Adamus, Lukasz
Barry, James
Brennan, Gary
Breslin, Charles
Cherek, Marcin
Dallaghan, Maurice
Delaney, Liam
Edge, Robert
Fenton, Roland
Flaherty, James
Forde, Desmond
Hegarty, Michael
Hyland, Enda
Joyce, James
Kecskes, Zoltan
Lambert, Kevin
Lane, Michael
Leskovics, Aldis
McManus, Rory
Murphy, Robert
O’Hanlon, Chris
Quinlan, Ken
Tice, Patrick
Whelan, John

This list will be updated with accordance with applications received after first posting.

Deer Alliance HCAP Assessments are not normally run during the Open Season September – February so this will be the last opportunity for intending HCAP Candidates to participate in 2018.

OPTIONAL TRAINING WORKSHOP

An optional Training Workshop will also be held at the same venue as the MCQ on Saturday 21st July 2018, running from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. The add-on cost of the Workshop is €50.00, payable on registration on the day. Candidates wishing to attend the Workshop should notify their intention by email to deeralliance@gmail.com or by text to 086 1927 845.

(IFA Countryside Candidates listed above [HCAP Nos. 2018/0080, 2018/0082 and 2018/0111 above] are already enrolled for the Workshop, with subscription pre-paid).