1st July 2021
CONFIRMATION OF HCAP EVENT ON SATURDAY 17th JULY 2021
We are pleased to confirm that our next scheduled HCAP Training Workshop and MCQ will, as previously announced, take place on Saturday 17th July 2021 at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, R93 N207, commencing 10.00 a.m. sharp.
Attendance will be limited to 50 persons, grouped in pods of 6, spaced in line with public health recommendations. Masks should be worn by all candidates.
APPLICATIONS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW CLOSED, AS OF 27th JUNE 2021.
In line with the jointly-agreed Deer Alliance and NPWS Syllabus for training and certification in advance of mandatory certification for all first-time applicants for a Deer Hunting Licence, attendance at the Training Workshop is no longer optional but it must be attended by all candidates. The agreed Syllabus, approved by NPWS, requires that face-to-face training be at least one day long (excluding the Range Test). The MCQ itself will run from 4.00 p.m. (one hour).
Thirty hours self-study of the Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual is required in advance of the MCQ, in line with the syllabus for training agreed with NPWS. The Manual is available for purchase through the Online Applications Section of the website, cost €35.00.
HCAP is the longest established training programme for Irish deer stalkers (established in 2003 and providing training, assessment and certification since 2005), developed in partnership with all key stakeholders including Coillte Teoranta, National Parks & Wildlife Service, An Garda Síochána, Irish Farmers’ Association and deer bodies including the Irish Deer Society and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland. HCAP is approved by NPWS for the purpose of mandatory certification for first-time applicants for the Deer Hunting Licence (DHL), and accepted as evidence of competence for the purpose of firearms certificate applications by An Garda Síochána.
In particular, HCAP complies with the NPWS requirement that all interactive face-to-face training should occupy not less than one full day (excluding the Range Test, which is a test of marksmanship and is not a training environment).
To date, over 3500 Irish hunters have been processed by HCAP.
See below for a list of those candidates currently eligible to participate in this training and assessment date on 17th July 2021.
The list includes all confirmed (paid) applications received since our last MCQ and Range Test in 2020.
Some previous candidates have been de-listed as eligible due to repeated non-attendance at scheduled MCQs in 2019 and 2020. Such candidates can re-apply for assessment and certification, subject to the standard Repeat Fee of €50.00.
The Range Test for successful candidates from this MCQ will take place at the Midland Range (MNSCI), Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, R35 NC58, on Saturday 7th August 2021 commencing at 10.00 a.m. sharp.
CANDIDATES WHO ARE UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE ON 17th JULY 2021 WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO THE NEXT SCHEDULED DATE (TBC) AFTER 17th JULY PROVIDED THEY NOTIFY DEER ALLIANCE HCAP IN ADVANCE.
This list will be updated as applications are received. Last update 2.7.2021.