The first HCAP MCQ in the 2018 Series will take place on Saturday 3rd March 2018 (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 24th March 2018 at the Midland National Shooting Ground, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 10.00 a.m. on the day in question.

HCAP Certification is required for all Coillte Licensees and all Coillte Nominated Stalkers and 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 2018 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 in 2017. Failure to participate in any MCQ in March or April 2018 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. This apples also to 2017 Candidates with a HCAP Number ending 2017/0172 or earlier.

Application for HCAP can 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).

All candidates listed below are eligible for the MCQ taking place on 3rd March 2018.

Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brophy, Justin, 2016/0076
Brown, Bernard, 2016/0005
Carey, John Paul, 2016/0006
Cunningham, Bryan, 2016/0013
Delaney, Liam, 2017/0175
Forde, Desmond, 2017/0177
Fox, Denis, 2017/0118
Gillespie, Liam, 2016/0026
Hegarty, Michael, 2017/0186
Hickey, Gary, 2017/0176
Horan,Barry, 2017/0138
Horgan, John, 2017/0149
Hourigan, Gerard, 2017/0187
Howell, Myles, 2017/0179
Hyland, Enda, 2017/0181
Hynes, Eddie, 2017/0185
Joyce, James, 2017/0183
Kearney, David, 2017/0174
Kearney, Luke, 2017/0189
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
McDermott, Sean, 2017/0188
McManus, Rory, 2017/0184
Mullen, Philip, 2017/0180
Murray, Patrick, 2017/0178
Prendergast, Denis, 2016/010
Smyth, Gary, 2017/0182
Tierney, Mark, 2017/0045
Warren, Alan, 2017/0173

This list will be updated weekly as applications are received. The ceiling number of candidates at any sitting of the MCQ is a maximum of 100. See our previous posting for a full schedule of all dates in 2018.


Subject to demand, MCQs are usually preceded by optional Training Workshops. Participation is optional. Such Workshops run from 10.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. approximately on the same day as the MCQ, at the same venue, and are 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 date of Workshop/MCQ.


The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual is an optional purchase and can be ordered through the Online Applications section of the Deer Alliance website, www.deeralliance.ie, cost €35.00 incl. p. & p.