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HCAP ID CARDS AND BADGES

Herd of Sika deer in summer coat. Click to enlarge

HCAP-Certified Hunters will shortly be eligible to receive free of charge a “Deer Alliance HCAP Certified Hunter” wallet-sized ID Cards bearing their name and HCAP number, together with a top-quality enamel Deer Alliance HCAP lapel or hat badge with three-dimensional stag’s head in gold. Candidates will continue to receive a HCAP Certificate complete with candidate name, number and date of certification, suitable for framing.

Certificates, ID Cards and Badges will be issued on the day of qualifying at each Range Test, starting on the next scheduled Range Test on 29th July 2017.

Existing HCAP-Certified candidates can receive their ID Card and Badge by sending a €1.00 stamped self-addressed envelope (SAE) to Deer Alliance, PO Box 1, Borris, Co. Carlow.

PREPARATION FOR HCAP RANGE TESTS

Deer Alliance HCAP have arranged for availability of one-on-one preparation for HCAP Ranges Tests, in conjunction with the Midland National Shooting Grounds, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, where all HCAP Range Tests are currently held.

It is a fact that many candidates experience some greater or lesser degree of difficulty with the Range Test stage of HCAP Certification, due to unfamiliarity of shooting in a twenty-man Firing Detail, lack of practice, failure to ensure in advance that the firearm is properly zeroed or just plain nerves on the day.

Tony Saunders and John Paul Craven of the Midlands Range will give one-to-one tutoring, guidance and assistance to HCAP Candidates (on a date prior to each Range Test – not on date of Range Test) at a set once-off cost of €50.00 per person, allowing for one to two hours individual attention based on one-day Range membership.
This arrangement is strictly between the individual candidate and Midlands Range personnel.

To avail of this special opportunity, contact Tony Saunders 087 097 7589 or John Paul Craven, 086 823 2641 directly.

DEER ALLIANCE ADVANCED MARKSMANSHIP CHALLENGE, SATURDAY 29th JULY 2017


Applications are now being taken for the Deer Alliance Advanced Marksmanship Challenge (AMC) to be held at the Midland Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on Saturday 29th July 2017.

Application can be made online, go to “Apply Online” on the Deer Alliance website, www.deeralliance.ie. Cost of entry is €100.00.

The Course of Fire is fifteen rounds in the heart & lung area of the HCAP Deer Target at 100 metres – five shots in each of the three positions, prone, sitting/kneeling and standing. All legitimate stalking aids can be used.

Entry is restricted to HCAP-Certified candidates and a deer-legal firearm must be used.

Successful candidates will receive a Certificate certifying exceptional achievement in marksmanship.

The AMC will be held in conjunction with the HCAP Range Test being held on the same day for successful candidates from the HCAP MCQ being held on 24th June 2017. The HCAP Range Test will commence at 10.00 a.m. and the AMC will commence at approximately 1.00 p.m.

HCAP MCQ, SATURDAY 24th JUNE 2017 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

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Sika hind and calf. The majority of sika calves will be born in late May/early June each year (click to enlarge)

The next scheduled HCAP MCQ will take place on Saturday 24th June 2017 (4.00 p.m.) in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The Range Test for successful candidates from this MCQ will take place on Saturday 29th July 2017 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 10.00 a.m. on the day in question.

This is the fourth and final MCQ in the 2017 series and the last opportunity this year to participate in HCAP. HCAP Certification is required for all Coillte Licensees and all Coillte Nominated Stalkers and it is expected that from 1st January 2018 HCAP certification will be required for all NEW first-time Deer Hunting Licence (DHL) applicants regardless of whether they are hunting on Coillte forest property or on private land. Existing DHL holders hunting on private land will have a grace period of five years from 1st January 20918 to obtain HCAP Certification.

The Candidates listed below are eligible for this MCQ. Candidates with the numerical prefix 2016 applied for HCAP in 2016 but did not sit any MCQ in 2016 or to date in 2017. Failure to participate in any MCQ in 2017 will lead to striking off from list of eligible candidates. Such candidates may re-apply later subject to payment of Repeat Fee €50.00. HCAP Fees are non-refundable.

Application for HCAP should be made online. Payment €150.00 can also be made online through PayPal using any valid debit card or credit card (individual PayPal accounts are not needed).

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS MCQ ARE NOW CLOSED.

ALL CANDIDATES LISTED BELOW ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS MCQ.

ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

Allard, John, 2017/0096
Barry, John, 2017/0076 (R)
Bonner, Tarlach, 2017/0142
Brady, Derek, 2017/0133
Breen, Gavin, 2017/0115
Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brophy, Justin, 2016/0076
Brown, Bernard, 2016/0005
Brown, Martin, 2017/0116
Burke, Philip Jonathan, 2017/0155
Caffrey, Eugene, 2017/0164
Cannon, Ken, 2017/0163
Carey, John Paul, 2016/0006
Carroll, Chris, 2017/0151
Carton, Pauraic, 2017/0137
Carrig, Michael, 2017/0105
Casey, Tomas, 2017/0108
Chan, Bobby, 2017/0139
Chan, Ryan, 2017/0140
Coady, William, 2017/0136
Connolly, Bernard,2017/0160
Cooney, Desmond, 2017/0100
Conroy, Fergal, 2017/0135
Corcoran, David, 2017/0166
Corcoran, Eugene, 2017/0167
Corcoran, Paul, 2017/0127
Cullen, Niall, 2017/0107
Cunningham, Bryan, 2016/0013
Donnelly, Hugh, 2017/0150
Dunne, Fintan, 2017/0120
Fahey, David, 2017/0112
Fahy, Ronan, 2017/0130
Flanagan, Geoff, 2017/0165
Forster, Karl, 2017/0125
Fox, Denis, 2017/0118
Galvin, David, 2017/0158
Gillespie, Liam, 2016/0026
Gregory, Peter, 2017/0143
Harmon, Hugh, 2017/0129
Harman, Mark, 2017/0172
Harmon, William, 2017/0170
Hartigan Mark, 2017/0156
Hoctor, Niall, 2017/0134
Horan,Barry, 2017/0138
Horgan, John, 2017/0149
Hughes, Timothy, 2017/0055
Jackson, Aindriu, 2017/0114
Janczak, Tomasz, 2017/0153
Johnston, James, 2017/0097
Jordan, Sean Óg, 2017/0162
Kelly, Gary, 2017/0101
Kelly, Matthew, 2017/0113
Keogh, Patrick, 2017/0171
Kerry, Wayne, 2017/0101
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
Lynch, Kevin, 2017/0124
McCann, Jim, 2017/0098
McCarthy, Frank, 2017/169
McLoughlin, Liam, 2017/0148
Mulvany, Oisin, 2017/0131
Murphy, P. J., 2017/0146
Nolan, Tom, 2017/0103
Nooney, Noel, 2017/0126
O’Connor, William, 2017/0102
O’Donnell, Francis, 2017/0106
Oertzen, Cassian, 2017/0132
O’Hara, Patrick, 2017/0159
O’Neill, Christopher, 2017/0161
O’Shaughnessy, William 2017/0099
O’Sullivan, Martin, 2017/0168
Palmer, Paul, 2017/0154
Payne, Desmond, 2017/0122
Prendergast, Denis, 2016/010
Raggett, Mark, 2017/0119
Redmond, Terry, 2017/0104
Rizzini, Alberto, 2007/0049 (R)
Roache, Fred, 2017/0111
Robinson, Raymond, 2017/0091
Scanlon, John, 2017/0121
Seery, Ken, 2017/0110
Shaw, Leslie, 2017/0147
Sherlock, Edward, 2017/0152
Sherwin, Philip, 2017/0141
Skerritt, Adam, 2017/0157
Tierney, Mark, 2017/0045
Vaughan, Noe, 2017/0144
Walsh. Glen, 2017/0145*
Whelan, Barry, 2017/0128
White, Daniel, 2017/0117
Wignall, Terence, 2017/0123
Wilson, David, 2017/0109

An Optional Training Workshop for HCAP Candidates will be held on Saturday 24th June 2017 in the Ionad Dara Community Centre, Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny. The Workshop, which is structured to assist Candidates sitting the MCQ at 4.00 p.m. on the same day (same venue) is entirely optional and carries an additional cost of €50.00, payable on the day. The Workshop will commence at 10.00 a.m. sharp and will run to approximately 3.30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Lunch is not provided. Registered Candidates wishing to participate in the Training Workshop should text 086 1927 845 or email deeralliance@gmail.com in advance of the scheduled date.

RESULTS OF HCAP RANGE TEST, SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017

The following Candidates (79 in number) are deemed to be HCAP-Certified following successful completion of the Range Test stage of the HCAP process held on 13th May 2017.

Date of Certification: 13th May 2017.

Askins, Luke, 2017/0021
Askins, Martin, 2017/0013
Bak, Grzegorz, 2017/0067
Baker, John, 2017/0017
Baranowski, Piotr, 2017/0072
Barrell, Alan, 2017/0075
Brady, Owen, 2017/0034
Butler, Gavin, 2017/0092
Byrne, Brendan, 2017/0018
Byrne, Kyle, 2017/0019
Carter, Jason, 2017/0046
Caschera, Massimo, 2017/0023
Corcoran, Adrian, 2017/0026
Cornelius, Jan, 2017/0048
Cotter, Mark, 2017/0056
Cvjetkovic, Jovica, 2017/0033
Daly, Enda, 2017/0029
Dore, Michael, 2017/0042
Dunne, Jonathon, 2017/0051
Dunne, Mark, 2017/0041
Earls, Gary, 2017/0002
Farrell, Conleth, 2017/0086
Filon, Stanislav, 2017/0009
Fitzpatrick, Stephen, 2017/0006
Fleming, Robert, 2017/0084
Halpin, Damien, 2017/0008
Hynes, Declan, 2017/0027
Iafrate, Antonio, 2017/0044
Jablonski, Adrian, 2017/0060
Jacek, Rafal, 2017/0066
Jaszczak, Pawel, 2017/0065
Kaszluga, Jacek, 2017/0062
Kaszluga, Mateusz, 2017/0058
Kelly, Kenneth, 2017/0039
Kelly, Patrick, 2017/0040
Kubien, Rafal, 2017/0068
Labus, Lazar, 2017/0035
Labus, Miodrag, 2017/0036
Leech, Gary, 2017/0016
Leidig, Robin. 2017/0025
Logan, Paul, 2017/0093
Malaszuk, Grzegorz, 2017/0071
Manning, Maurice, 2017/0078
McCullough, Brian, 2017/0054
McEnroe, Dermot, 2016/0011
McLoughlin, Enda, 2017/0032
Meehan, Dermot, 2017/0090
Munteanu, Lilian, 2017/0061
Murphy, Martin, 2017/0085
Neary, Tommy, 2017/0088
O’Connor, William, 2017/0094
O’Donoghue, David, 2017/0007
O’Meara, Paul, 2017/0079
O’Shea, Patrick, 2017/0004
Ogarek, Slawomir, 2017/0049
Poutch, Alan, 2017/0089
Power, Clive, 2017/0043
Pyke, Kenneth, 2017/0015
Raggett, Damien, 2017/0077
Reilly, Sean, 2017/0012
Roche, Brian, 2017/0022
Rowe, Martin, 2017/0082
Rowe, Willie, 2017/0083
Ryan, Paul 2017/0020
Scally, David, 2017/0028
Schiller, Bjorn, 2011/0072
Shelley, Keith, 2017/0038
Slepecki, Andrzej, 2017/0073
Smith, Brendan, 2017/0080
Smyth, Niall, 2017/0087
Stanley, Clive, 2017/0014
Tighe, Patrick, 2015/000018
Tooher, Thomas, 2017/0001
Varnas, Elvis, 2017/0095
Wallace, Darren, 2017/0053
Wawrzyniak, Jacek, 2017/0064
Wysoczanski, Grzegorz, 2017/0069
Ziach, Lukasz, 2017/0059
Zwaan, Paul, 2017/0047

All participating Candidates passed the Range Test stage of their HCAP certification process on this occasion, following successful achievement of the MCQ stage earlier in March, April and May 2017.

These names will now be added to the Register of HCAP-Certified Candidates and notified to Coillte Teoranta and National Parks & Wildlife Service.

The next scheduled Range Test will take place on Saturday 29th July 2017 for successful candidates from the MCQ taking place on Saturday 24th June 2017. Eligible Deferrals and/or No-Shows at the Range Test on 13th May 2017 will remain eligible to participate in the Range Test on 29th July 2017 but if such candidates defer or fail to show up without notice and good cause, they will be obliged to pay a Range Test Repeat Fee of €50.00 if they wish to complete their HCAP after that date.

HCAP RANGE TEST CANDIDATES 13th MAY 2017

For a full list of all candidates eligible for the HCAP Range Test taking place on Saturday 13th May 2017 see earlier posting on this Blog.

No-shows and/or Deferrals from this Range Test will be carried forward to the next scheduled Range Test, which will take place on Saturday 29th July 2017.

No-shows or Deferrals without notice or good reason on the latter date will be required to apply for a Range Test in 2018 as Repeat Candidates and to pay a Range Test Repeat Fee of €50.00.

COILLTE DEER TENDER CLOSING DATE EXTENDED

The following email notification was circulated by Coillte Teoranta today 2nd May 2017:

April 2017

UPDATE: Licences to Hunt Game and Deer 2017.

For administrative reasons, the tender competition previously launched in April had to be suspended. Issues have now been resolved and Coillte again invite tenders for licences to hunt deer and game on designated areas of their forest estate.

Catalogues of available licensed areas together with tender forms and tendering instructions are available for download at www.Coillte.ie . The closing date for receipt of tenders is 5pm, Friday the 26th May 2017. No Tenders will be accepted after this date.

Canvassing will disqualify

All current licence holders are advised to refer to the tender listing in the event that their licence has recently expired and is now offered to tender. No separate notice will be issued in this regard.

(End of notification)

COILLTE CATALOGUE OF AVAILABLE DEER LICENCES APRIL 2017

The Coillte Catalogue of available deer licences (Primary Tender Competition 2017) has been re-posted on the Coillte website today 28th April 2017.

The tender closing date of 5th May 2017 remains in place.

The reference to DSC2 in relation to three named forest blocks remains in place but has been expanded as follows:

“In addition to HCAP – applicants for the following licences will require to hold the Deer Management Qualifications –DSC level 2 or similar approved qualification which certifies and individuals practical competence in deer management and firearms safety. The final selection of successful licence holders may be subject to interview.” (stet)

Deer organisations represented on the Deer Alliance Development Committee (HCAP Committee) remain concerned at the unannounced imposition of an additional external qualification which precludes the vast majority of licensed deer hunters and potential Coillte licensees from tendering on the forest blocks in question. It is expected that this matter will be pursued with Coillte Teoranta at the earliest opportunity.

PROCEDURES AT HCAP RANGE TESTS

  

LOCATION MAPS TO MIDLAND NATIONAL SHOOTING GROUND, BLUE BALL, TULLAMORE, CO. OFFALY (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

All HCAP Candidates are required to note the following matters in relation to Range Tests conducted at the Midland National Shooting Grounds (“MRC”), at Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly:

1: Only Candidates who have passed the HCAP MCQ may take the HCAP Range Test.

2: Candidates must use a rifle of calibre legal for hunting deer in Ireland, i.e. minimum legal calibre .22/250 (Candidates using the .220 Swift must use a Winchester 60 gr. bullet to achieve the minimum legal muzzle energy and should notify their intentions beforehand).

3: All firearms must be transported in sleeves or cases. The firing bolt should be removed and carried separately. Firing bolts should be inserted only when preparing to shoot. At all times when not actually shooting, the bolt should be removed and a breech flag inserted.

4: All Candidates are required to carry fully adequate Shooting Insurance and must provide evidence of insurance to MRC on the day of any Range Test. NARGC, Countryside Alliance and IFA Countryside membership all satisfy the insurance requirement.

5: The law requires that a valid firearms certificate must be carried when using or transporting any firearm. The firearm certificate covers the “use, possession or carriage” of the firearm. MRC require HCAP Candidates to exhibit their firearm certificate before proceeding to the Range Test. In certain limited circumstances and always subject to prior notification, Candidates may use a firearm which they do not themselves own, provided that the certificate holder is present with the Candidate at all times.

6: All Candidates are therefore required to sign in at the main MRC check-in desk on arrival at the Range, and before proceeding to the Windmill Range on which the HCAP Range Tests take place, and to exhibit evidence of insurance and firearm certificate on request.

7: Following experimentation over a number of Range Tests, the Deer Alliance have adopted the following procedures in respect of Range Tests:

a) All Candidates will be listed alphabetically (surname first) and allocated to firing details accordingly.

b) Each Firing Detail has a minimum of 20 positions In certain circumstances, depending on which Range is in use, the maximum number may increase to 40.

c) The first Firing Detail will always kick off at 10 a.m. sharp, with approximately 45 minutes allowed for each Detail.

d) All Candidates are urged to arrive at MRC not later than 9.30 a.m. on the day of any Range Test, to allow time for registration procedures as set out above.

e) Thereafter, HCAP Range Officials will allocate positions on each Detail according to alphabetical order and actual presence on the Range.

f) Deferrals must be notified in writing (email or text message) to the Deer Alliance not less than 3 days before any Range Test. “No-shows”, i.e. non-attendance without notification, may result in loss of entitlement to complete the HCAP Certification programme.

g) After shooting, each Candidate, pass or fail, is given a slip with his or her name on it and indicating pass or fail, and attempts taken. This slip (pass or fail) must be presented to the HCAP Administrator Liam Nolan in the Main MRC Clubhouse before leaving the Range in order to receive the HCAP Certificate.

h) Candidates taking two or more attempts at the Range Test on any given day may be required to pay a Repeat Fee of €25.00. The Repeat Fee if taking the Range Test for a second or further attempt on any subsequent Range Test day is €50.00.

i) Safety is paramount at all times and any lapse will be severely penalised. All Candidates are issued with the Deer Alliance “Safe Stalking” safety leaflet when participating in the Programme. Copies will be available at each Range Test. It is the responsibility of each Candidate to ensure that best practice safety procedures are followed at all times.

Enquiries by email to deeralliance@gmail.com

HCAP RANGE TEST TARGET
COURSE OF FIRE: THREE SHOTS IN A FOUR-INCH GROUP, PRONE AT 100 METRES, FOLLOWD BY SIX SHOTS GROUPED IN THE HEART/LUNG AREA AT 100, 60 AND 40 METRES IN THE PRONE, SITTNG/KNEELING AND STANDING POSITIONS. STALKING STICKS AND OTHER LEGITIMATE STALKING AIDS MAY BE USED

HCAP RANGE TEST SATURDAY 13th MAY 2017 – ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES

The Range Test for HCAP Candidates having successfully completed MCQs in March and April 2017 will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017 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.

The following is the list of eligible candidates:

Askins, Luke, 2017/0021
Askins, Martin, 2017/0013
Bak, Grzegorz, 2017/0067
Baker, John, 2017/0017
Baranowski, Piotr, 2017/0072
Barrell, Alan, 2017/0075
Brady, Owen, 2017/0034
Butler, Gavin, 2017/0092
Byrne, Brendan, 2017/0018
Byrne, Kyle, 2017/0019
Carter, Jason, 2017/0046
Caschera, Massimo, 2017/0023
Corcoran, Adrian, 2017/0026
Cornelius, Jan, 2017/0048
Cotter, Mark, 2017/0056
Cvjetkovic, Jovica, 2017/0033
Daly, Enda, 2017/0029
Divito, Ercole, 2017/0003
Dore, Michael, 2017/0042
Dunne, Jonathon, 2017/0051
Dunne, Mark, 2017/0041
Earls, Gary, 2017/0002
Farrell, Conleth, 2017/0086
Filon, Stanislav, 2017/0009
Fitzpatrick, Stephen, 2017/0006
Fleming, Robert, 2017/0084
Fox, Liam, 2017/0010, 92%
Halpin, Damien, 2017/0008
Hynes, Declan, 2017/0027
Iafrate, Antonio, 2017/0044
Jablonski, Adrian, 2017/0060
Jacek, Rafal, 2017/0066
Jaszczak, Pawel, 2017/0065
Kaszluga, Jacek, 2017/0062
Kaszluga, Mateusz, 2017/0058
Kelly, Kenneth, 2017/0039
Kelly, Patrick, 2017/0040
Kirwan, Alan, 2016/0079
Kubien, Rafal, 2017/0068, 100%
Labus, Lazar, 2017/0035
Labus, Miodrag, 2017/0036
Leech, Gary, 2017/0016
Leidig, Robin. 2017/0025
Logan, Paul, 2017/0093
Malaszuk, Grzegorz, 2017/0071
Manning, Maurice, 2017/0078
McCullough, Brian, 2017/0054
McEnroe, Dermot, 2016/0011
McEnroy, Connor, 2017/0037
McLoughlin, Enda, 2017/0032
Meehan, Dermot, 2017/0090
Munteanu, Lilian, 2017/0061
Murphy, Martin, 2017/0085
Neary, Tommy, 2017/0088
O’Connor, William, 2017/0094
O’Donoghue, David, 2017/0007
O’Meara, Paul, 2017/0079
O’Shea, Patrick, 2017/0004
Ogarek, Slawomir, 2017/0049
Poutch, Alan, 2017/0089
Power, Clive, 2017/0043
Pyke, Kenneth, 2017/0015
Raggett, Damien, 2017/0077
Reilly, Sean, 2017/0012
Roche, Brian, 2017/0022
Rooney, Niall, 2017/0050
Rowe, Martin, 2017/0082
Rowe, Willie, 2017/0083
Ryan, Paul 2017/0020
Scally, David, 2017/0028
Schiller, Bjorn, 2011/0072
Shelley, Keith, 2017/0038
Shortt, Trevor, 2017/0031
Slepecki, Andrzej, 2017/0073
Smith, Brendan, 2017/0080
Smyth, Niall, 2017/0087
Spencer-Jones, Luke, 2017/0024
Stanley, Clive, 2017/0014
Tighe, Patrick, 2015/000018
Tooher, Thomas, 2017/0001
Varnas, Elvis, 2017/0095
Wallace, Darren, 2017/0053
Wawrzyniak, Jacek, 2017/0064
Williams, Howard, 2017/0005
Wysoczanski, Grzegorz, 2017/0069
Ziach, Lukasz, 2017/0059
Zwaan, Paul, 2017/0047