HCAP CALENDAR

Intending HCAP Candidates are advised that the HCAP MCQ taking place on Saturday 24th June 2017 is likely to be the last in the 2017 series of assessments. There is unlikely to be a further assessment in 2017. The number of candidates on hand determines the holding of assessments in any year. To date in 2017 we have processed over 100 new applications. The opportunity for intending new applicants for a Deer Hunting Licence to undertake HCAP before the proposed deadline of 1st January 2018 should be taken now.

WITHDRAWAL OF COILLTE TENDER OFFERINGS 25th APRIL 2017

The following statement has been circulated on behalf of Coillte Teoranta today 25th April 2017 in relation to the Catalogue of Available Licences to Hunt Wild Deer on Coillte Lands – Primary tender competition – 2017 published last week.

“I am writing to you regarding the above tender competition which was recently posted on the Coillte website. I wish to inform you that this tender competition has been withdrawn for the time being.

It is envisaged that this tender will be issued again in the coming weeks. I will contact you then with confirmation of this.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused”.

{Addressee and sender names redacted}.

We understand that a new mechanism for receipt and evaluation of tenders may be put in place.

Further information will be posted here as it becomes available.

 

RESULTS OF HCAP MCQ HELD ON 22nd APRIL 2017

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 22nd April 2017 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 13th May 2017. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

2017/0066, 98%, Pass
2017/0065, 80%, Pass
2017/0062, 92%, Pass
2017/0069, 94%, Pass
2017/0059, 100%, Pass
2017/0058, 98%, Pass
2017/0068, 100%, Pass
2017/0071, 94%, Pass
2017/0061, 94%, Pass
2017/0073, 98%, Pass
2017/0064, 80%, Pass
2017/0067, 100%, Pass
2017/0072, 98%, Pass
2017/0060, 92%, Pass

All Candidates passed the MCQ on this occasion.

RESULTS OF HCAP MCQ, 15th APRIL 2017

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 15th April 2017 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 13th May 2017. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

2017/0086, 86%, Pass
2017/0084, 94%, Pass
2017/0039, 96%, Pass
2017/0092, 92%, Pass
2017/0023, 92%, Pass
2017/0056, 94%, Pass
2017/0042, 96%, Pass
2017/0051, 88%, Pass
2017/0093, 90%, Pass
2017/0078, 92%, Pass
2017/0054, 92%, Pass
2016/0011, 94%, Pass
2017/0037, 82%, Pass
2017/0090, 96%, Pass
2017/0085, 86%, Pass
2017/0088, 92%, Pass
2017/0082, 96%, Pass
2017/0083, 94%, Pass
2017/0080, 98%, Pass
2017/0087, 90%, Pass
2017/0075, 100%, Pass
2017/0094, 96%, Pass
2017/0079, 98%, Pass
2017/0089, 90%, Pass
2017/0077, 80%, Pass
2017/0095, 80%, Pass

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were 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. “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.

2017/0076, 76%, Fail
2017/0091, 64%, Fail

CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE FOR HCAP ASSESSMENT

The following Candidates remain eligible for HCAP following the MCQ held on Saturday 15th April 2017 and will be carried forward to the next scheduled MCQ date, details of which will be posted here when finalised (most likely date Saturday 24th June 2017, to be confirmed):

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 at a later date subject to payment of Repeat Fee €50.00. HCAP Fees are non-refundable.

Allard, John, 2017/0096
Brillant, Philippe, 2017/0057
Brandt, Piotr, 2017/0063
Brophy, Justin, 2016/0076
Brown, Bernard, 2016/0005
Carey, John Paul, 2016/0006
Cunningham, Bryan, 2016/0013
Gillespie, Liam, 2016/0026
Hughes, Timothy, 2017/0055
Lane, Michael, 2017/0081
Prendergast, Denis, 2016/010
Tierney, Mark, 2017/0045

NEXT SCHEDULED HCAP MCQ AND RANGE TEST 2017

Sika stag in velvet.

Deer Alliance HCAP are in the process of concluding assessments which began on 11th March 2017 and which will conclude on 13th May 2017. Further dates will be considered after the latter date and details will be posted here on the News & Updates section of the Deer Alliance website as soon as they are finalised.

Applications made now will be processed in the normal manner, bearing in mind that the number of applications received will determine the necessity for holding assessments. Intending candidates should make application now to ensure so far as possible that further assessments can take place in June or July 2017.

Confirmation of HCAP Certification is now requested on Deer Hunting Licence Applications regardless of whether hunting is to take place on Coillte forest property or on private land. See previous posting on this subject.

DEER HUNTING LICENCE APPLICATIONS 2017

Applications for Deer Hunting Licences (DHLs) should be made before the end of June 2017 to ensure that licences can be granted and issued before the opening of the 2017-2018 Season on 1st September 2017.

Access Guidance Notes and DHL Application Form here: DHL Applications 2017

The DHL Application now contains a reference to HCAP as a qualifying certification for all DHL Applicants regardless as to whether they intend hunting on Coillte forest property or on private land.

Link

Report and recommendation for the Firearms Consultative Panel on the issue of Shooting and Hunting at night.

Following the 3rd Meeting of the Firearms Consultative Panel 5 April 2016 a decision was made to put in place a working group to look at the issue of shooting and hunting at night. This WG was open to all FCP members. However it was felt by those present as more relevant to the deer hunting organisations, Sports Coalition, National Parks & Wildlife Service and An Garda Siochana. This working group was to be chaired by Wesley Atkinson who represents NPWS on the FCP. There was agreement that the issue of unregulated shooting and hunting at night was a potential Health and Safety issue to the farming community, other rural dwellers and the general public.
The WG convened on 3 occasions;

27th May 2016 – Wicklow Garda Station
12th September 2016 – IFA Farm Centre
10th April 2017 – Wicklow Garda Station

The initial meeting on the 27th May was to agree a draft terms of reference for the WG which was to be presented to the FCP on 18th July 2016.

At this meeting a general discussion took place on the issue of shooting and hunting at night in general and the associated safety issues unregulated activity can cause. All present agreed that there is an issue with aspects of this activity but at the same time there was a balance to be struck between curtailing/eliminating illegal dangerous activities versus the need for farmers, foresters and other land managers to manage their enterprise/landholding in a legal and safe manner. Such management would include control of dogs causing damage to stock (particularly sheep), vermin control or the control of protected wildlife causing damage (inc. Deer). Recorded incidents are relatively uncommon but those that are reported pose a real health and safety risk and are a cause of concern. This issue is under reported to AGS or NPWS but anecdotally those present had heard of incidents that for whatever reason had not been reported.
All agreed that education and the provision of simple and accurate information would be hugely beneficial and an outright ban would be neither possible nor enforceable and would be viewed in a very negative light by farming, landowning and hunters groups. Furthermore while the WG issues where primarily around safety concerns arising from firearms usage at night, concern was expressed within the WG that illegal hunting in general on lands at night was a growing concern. This involves mostly the use of dogs and lamps and feeds into the area of rural crime etc. Where possible any outputs from the WG should incorporate this issue.
Recommendations for consideration by FCP meeting of 18th July 2016.

Best practice guidance would be drawn up by the FCP in conjunction with the stakeholders that will provide clear and practical information on this subject. There is already best practice guidance available from the UK in relation to the Night Shooting of deer under licence and much of this guidance is applicable for all types of shooting at night and could easily be adopted. The Irish Deer Management Forum has just negotiated the use of the UK best practice guides from the relevant bodies in the UK and as such may have a role to play here. The additional issue of night hunting without firearms and issues such as trespass by illegal hunters could be easily covered in these guides.

Guidance to Gardaí assessing Firearms licences could be updated to cover the issue of using firearms at night.

The issue of cross communication in relation to firearms relevant to wildlife crime and wildlife act convictions. Inspector Paul Greene said that, subject to AGS clearance, the FPU could act as the conduit for updating information on convictions between AGS and NPWS.
To explore the practicalities of imposing a curfew during hours of darkness (11pm till dawn was discussed) whereby shooting should not take place save in accordance with a licence or permit.
AGS would look the terms and conditions that might practically be applied to firearms certificates to effect some control over night shooting.

These recommendations were accepted by the FCP on 18th July 2016.

The 2nd meeting of the WG was held on 12th September 2016 in the IFA Farm Centre to progress the recommendations to the FCP.
This meeting was attended by the IFA Vice President Richard Kennedy. He gave the IFA perspective in relation to the issues involved. He said a balance had to be struck between dealing with illegality and H & S issues while allowing framers and landowners to use night shooting as a tool to protect their livestock and crops from pest species such as foxes and rabbits and the issue of sheep being worried by dogs etc. The best approach should be through providing information, education and promoting best practice for night shooting. He went on to say many of the issues we were discussing were also the same issues that raised their heads in relation to rural crime and criminality. The Vice President’s attendance clearly demonstrates that this issue is of concern to farmers and landowners and not just those involved in shooting and hunting.

Outputs from Recommendations;

1. Best Practice Guidance

This best practice guidance has been drawn up by a working group of the FCP. The WG comprises of representatives or written inputs from AGS, IFA, NPWS, SC, IDS and WDAI. See Appendix 1.

It is hoped that this guidance will provide clear and practical information on this subject. There is already best practice guidance available from the UK in relation to the Night Shooting of rabbits and foxes (commonly known as pest species) and deer under licence. Much of this guidance is applicable for all types of shooting at night and with the exception of differences in legislation is applicable in Ireland. In addition, the Irish Deer Management Forum has recently negotiated the use of the UK best practice guides from the relevant bodies in the UK and as such may have a role to play here. The issue of night hunting without firearms and issues such as trespass by illegal hunters are also covered in simple terms.

www.bestpracticeguides.org.uk/sites/all/downloads/snh_night.pdf
basc.org.uk/cop/lamping/

The Draft outlined in Appendix 1 can be incorporated in the AGS Commissioner’s Guidelines
or incorporated in a best practice guidance leaflet to be used by the FCPs constituent
stakeholder groups. This could a joint initiative or produced individually tailored to the
constituent members.

2. Guidance to Gardaí assessing Firearms licences

For brevity an edited version of the BPG is included in Appendix 2 to be used to cover the issue of using firearms at night.

3. Cross communication between AGS & NPWS in relation to firearms relevant to wildlife crime and wildlife act convictions.
On the issue of cross communication in relation to firearms relevant to wildlife crime and wildlife act convictions. Inspector Paul Greene said that subject to AGS clearance the FPU could act as the conduit for updating information on convictions between AGS and NPWS. The Chair has written formally to NPWS on this matter and the process is being included in an MOU that is currently being drawn up between AGS and NPWS.

4. To explore the practicalities of imposing a curfew during hours of darkness
Given the fact that dawn changes as the season’s progress, a simple straightforward solution to this issue was somewhat problematic. The WG was acutely conscious for the balance to be struck between curtailing/eliminating illegal dangerous activities versus the need for farmers, foresters and other land managers to manage their enterprise/landholding in a legal and safe manner.
There was agreement that the majority of issues associated with shooting or hunting at night centre around (but not exclusively) the autumn, winter and spring periods.

The solution proposed is that a curfew is in place from 1st Sept until 31st March and operates between the hours of 12 midnight and 6am. During the curfew period no shooting or hunting should take place except in accordance with a licence or permit (e.g. Sec 42).
There will be no curfew in April, May, June, July and August when the nights are very short. If it becomes apparent that these months are indeed problematic they can be reviewed.

5. AGS to examine the conditions that may be applied to firearms certificates to affect some control over night shooting in the interests of public safety.

This matter is incorporated in 2 above.

Wesley Atkinson
Chairman on behalf of Working Group.

HCAP MCQ, SATURDAY 11th MARCH 2017 – RESULTS

 

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were successful in the HCAP MCQ held in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday 11th March 2017 and are eligible to participate in the HCAP Range Test to be held at the Midlands Range on Saturday 13th May 2017. Procedures for Range Tests will be posted here separately in due course.

2017/0008, 92%, Pass

2017/0027, 88%, Pass

2017/0029, 90%, Pass

2017/0001, 80%, Pass

2017/0053, 92%, Pass

2017/0005, 86%, Pass

2017/0047, 88%, Pass

2017/0044, 80%, Pass

2017/0040, 90%, Pass

2016/0079, 80%, Pass

2017/0019, 96%, Pass

2017/0046, 90%, Pass

2017/0026, 98%, Pass

2017/0048, 80%, Pass

2017/0033, 82%, Pass

2017/0013, 96%, Pass

2017/0021, 94%, Pass

2017/0017, 96%, Pass

2017/0034, 92%, Pass

2017/0018, 94%, Pass

2017/0003, 88%, Pass

2017/0041, 94%, Pass

2017/0002, 82%, Pass

2017/0006, 92%, Pass

2017/0009, 100%, Pass

2017/0035, 84%, Pass

2017/0036, 84%, Pass

2017/0007, 92%, Pass

2017/0049, 94%, Pass

2017/0004, 92%, Pass

2017/0016, 96%, Pass

2017/0025, 98%, Pass

2017/0022, 94%, Pass

2017/0050, 86%, Pass

2017/0043, 92%, Pass

2017/0020, 96%, Pass

2017/0028, 86%, Pass

2011/0072, 100%, Pass

2017/0038, 94%, Pass

2017/0032, 90%, Pass

2017/0015, 94%, Pass

2017/0031, 90%, Pass

2017/0024, 92%, Pass

2017/0014, 98%, Pass

2015/0018, 94%, Pass

2017/0012, 90%, Pass

2017/0010, 92%, Pass

The following candidates (HCAP numbers, followed by mark achieved) were unsuccessful and is required to re-sit the MCQ stage before proceeding to any Range Test. The next scheduled HCAP MCQ will take place on Saturday 15th April 2017. The application fee for Repeat Candidates is €50.00. “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.

2017/0052, 74%, Fail

2017/0030, 66%, Fail.