Upcoming Events & Seminars

Each year the Wild Deer Association of Ireland holds many events, which are helping promote awareness and interest in our Deer species. At all times encouraging high standards of Safety and Responsibility in the management of our Deer herds.

Events & Seminars

 

 

Co Wicklow Deer Stalkers Roadshow, February 12th 2017

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland will hold it's 23rd carcass handling seminar and venison BBQ on Sunday February 12th at 2 pm in the Brockagh Centre, Laragh, Co Wicklow. This is their first visit to Co. Wicklow for this popular event and forms part of a “deer stalkers road show”, where the Association will visit a number of counties where events are not normally held, to give new and existing local members the opportunity to attend. The last such event held in Co Roscommon was a great success and well attended.

 The skill and knowledge of carcass handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and all members are asked to support this event.

 The seminar is free of charge and open to Wild Deer Association of Ireland members only. To gain access to the seminar you will require your current membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid online or new members can apply online by clicking here.

 The seminar will include a number of speakers on various topics including disease identification and general deer health by a veterinarian, along with carcass preparation and home butchery by a 4th generation game butcher. The Irish Trophy Commission will give a talk on best practice deer management and trophy head assessment. There will be a number of other speakers on various topics of interest to deer stalkers including a representative of the Manor Kilbride Deer Management Group.

 There will also be large display of game butchery equipment for sale along with a selection of trophy heads. A complimentary venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served. 

 Those who have attended previous seminars will know this is a must attend event and a great social occasion to meet like minded deer stalkers; the Wild Deer Association of Ireland  look forward to meeting you all.

Annual Red Deer Rut Walk, Killarney National Park, October 9th 2016

Our annual Red deer rut walk takes place in Killarney National Park, Co Kerry on Sunday October 9th. This is a great opportunity to see our native Red deer during the annual rut, an event that has continuously taken place in Killarney for over 5,000 years. We would like to thank National Parks and Wildlife Service for their continued support of this event. This is a great family day out and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

This event is open to current WDAI members only and must be booked in advance by emailing wilddeerireland@gmail.com places for each event are limited.

Membership lapses 3 months after our last AGM and you can renew/ apply online by clicking here

Training Event for Dogs used for Tracking & Recovery of Wounded Deer with Niels Søndergaard from Denmark

As previously advised we will hold our second dog tracking event of 2016 on Saturday September 24th 2016. We are pleased to confirm our speaker is renowned dog trainer Niels Søndergaard from Denmark. Please note places at this event are limited and we are almost fully booked, so early booking is advisable. 

Niels has over 15 years experience of handling hunting dogs, is a judge at the Danish trials, has worked for the police dog training and has been trained in the German organisation ‘Verein Hirschmann’. He also runs training courses in Denmark, Ireland, England, Sweden and Norway and is the author of the definitive book ‘Working with Dogs for Deer. 

This is a full day event with a classroom presentation in the morning and field demonstration in the afternoon.

This event is open to current WDAI members only and must be booked in advance by emailing wilddeerireland@gmail.com places for each event are limited.

Membership lapses 3 months after our last AGM and you can renew/ apply online by clicking here

 


Visit us at the Irish Game and Country Fair, Birr Castle August 27th & 28th

Our exhibition at the Irish Game and Country Fair takes place this coming Saturday and Sunday August 27th & 28th at Birr Castle, Co Offaly.

We will have a large selection of discounted game butchery equipment for sale with all profits going to our Association, last year we sold out of most items, so make sure to get a bargain before they're gone! Discounted items for sale will include:

  • Victorinox Knives
  • Giesser Skinning Knives
  • BBS Knives
  • Sharpening Steel Flat/Round 
  • Indian Oil Stones
  • Hanging hooks
  • Butchery Handsaws
  • Butchery Handsaw Blades
  • Cut Resistant Gloves
  • Burger Press
  • Clear meat bags per 1000
  • Burger papers per 3000
(Knives cannot be sold to those under 18 years old)

WDAI member Dave Hogan of North Kerry Taxidermy will also exhibit his amazing work as part of our display and Irish Trophy Commission assessors will be on hand to answer your questions.

We will have an exciting draw in conjunction with our exhibition. WDAI member Jimmy Galloway has kindly donated a rare set of Irish Wapiti/ Red antlers (see photograph below), tickets are €2 each or €5 for five, the draw for the lucky winner will be made at the close of the fair.

We will have copies of WDAI member John Lalor's latest book "Hunting on the Northern Trails" an Irishman's shooting stories from the Rocky mountains to Swedish Lapland. 

You can find us at the Countryside Alliance Ireland marquee to who we would like to thank for their continued support of our Association. Call in and say hello!

Membership is due since the close of our last AGM on July 2nd and will lapse after 3 months of this date, membership renewals can be paid and applications for new members will be available at our stand. You can renew/ join online by clicking here 

We look forward to meeting our members new and old so call in and say hello!

35th Annual General Meeting

Our 35th Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday July 2nd 2016 at 3.00 pm in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. To book accommodation you can contact the hotel on 052 744128. Following the AGM a venison banquet will be served at 5 pm; family members are welcome to attend. The cost of the meal is €25 per person and can be booked and paid for on the night. 

Nominations for Officers, Committee and items to be discussed under “any other business” must be made in writing to the Secretary no later than 5 pm on June 25th 2016Only current members with a valid membership card are entitled to attend the AGM and nominate.Membership for the 2016/17 membership year is due following the AGM and can be paid on the night, online at www.wilddeerireland.com or by post at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. Membership can only be paid once the AGM closes.

In conjunction with the AGM our annual Trophy Head Competition will be held, categories include - Best Fallow – Best Sika – Best Red - Most Unusual - Best Overall and best Non Native Species, the Irish Trophy Commission will judge the competition. All heads must be presented for judging by no later than 2 pm, while all heads can be displayed only heads taken in the 2015/16 season can be entered in the competition (this rule does not apply to the non native category)

In memory of our former Chairman John Creedon, we will also present the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photographysponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland. 

Competition rules - The ethos of the competition is to recognise amateur photographers. This year’s theme is "Ireland's Wildlife". You must submit your photographs no later than 5 pm on June 25th 2016, either by emailing us at wilddeerireland@gmail.com or posting your entries to Wild Deer Association of Ireland, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. There is no limit on the number of entries. Photographs should not be framed, photographed in the last twelve months. The competition is open to WDAI members only. By submitting your photograph, you accept that the WDAI has the right to publish your photograph. Entries will be posted on the Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages, the winner will be chosen by our members and supporters with the winner receiving the most likes over a set period. 

All prizes will be awarded following the banquet meal.

Wild Deer Association of Ireland/ British Deer Society Advanced Deer Stalkers Shooting Competition

We are pleased to confirm that a second Advanced Deer Stalkers shooting competition will take place between our Association and the Northern Ireland branch of the British Deer Society (BDS NI) on Saturday July 23rd at the Midlands Rifle Range, Co Offaly. The competition will involve members from both organisations shooting a format similar to the BDS advanced deer-stalking field experience (timed shots are to replicate a follow up shot). A team event will also take place, selected from the top ten shooters from each organisation. Members who achieve a minimum standard will receive a certificate of achievement and a talk on marksmanship and safety will take place. 

To take part in the shoot you will need to confirm your attendance by emailing us at wilddeerireland@gmail.com 

The shooting competition is open to current WDAI members only. Family members are welcome to attend and a BBQ and refreshments will be provided. Registration begins at 11 am and the cost is €30 per member.   

Those who have attended our previous shoots will know, the objective of the day is safety, followed by fun! This is also a great opportunity to meet like minded members and our colleagues from BDS NI. 

Further details on the competition format to follow.

Training Events for Dogs used for Tracking & Recovery of Wounded Deer

Following the overwhelming success of our last tracking event and requests by members, we are pleased to confirm we are holding two further events for those with an interest in dogs for tracking and recovery of wounded deer. Both events include renowned international speakers and will include presentations on shot reaction at the site of a successful stalk, laying a blood trail and the training of tracking dogs. 

Our first event takes place on Saturday June 18th 2016 in Cahir, Co Tipperary. Our speakers will be Tony Lowry from UK Deer Tracking and Recovery (UKDTR). Both Tony and Lee have extensive experience in tracking and recovery of wounded deer. Tony is also a British Deer Society trainer. Lee is an editor with the Shooting Life.

Our second event takes place on Saturday September 24th 2016 also in Cahir, Co Tipperary. Our speaker is Niels Søndergaard from Denmark, Niels has over 15 years experience of handling hunting dogs, is a judge at Danish trials, has worked for the police dog training and has been trained in the German organisation ‘Verein Hirschmann’. He also runs training courses in Denmark, Ireland, England, Sweden and Norway and is the author of the definitive book ‘Working with Dogs for Deer.

Both events are open to Wild Deer Association of Ireland members only and must be booked in advance by emailing us onwilddeerireland@gmail.com . Places are limited for each event. Start time and further details will be provided on booking.

Our Association has been to the fore ensuring the endorsed and ethical method of deer-stalking with the aid of a tracking dog continues and is promoted in Ireland. 

If you use a tracking dog for deer stalking this event should not to be missed!

End of season event for deer stalkers

Our 22nd Carcass Handling Seminar will take place on Sunday, February 28th in Cahir Community Centre, Co Tipperary.

The seminar is free of charge and open to Wild Deer Association of Ireland members and family only. Both the seminar and BBQ will be held indoors and to gain access you will require a current membership card (membership is due following our AGM in June each year). Membership must be paid in advance, by posting to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork or you can also renew your membership or join online at http:// membership.wilddeerireland. com/product/membership/.

The start time has been selected to allow those who wish to go deerstalking in the morning, we expect the seminar to finish at approximately 4.30 PM.

The seminar will include a number of speakers and demonstrations on various topics including disease identification and general deer health by a veterinarian, carcass preparation and home butchery by a professional butcher, a venison cooking demonstration by professional chefs, a talk on Operation Bambi targeting deer poaching and much more. We will have a large display of discounted game butchery equipment for sale with all profits going to the Association. There will be a number of exhibitors including a display of deer heads.

In addition to the seminar, for the first time a professional chef will cook wild venison on a spit, the carcass will be basted and cooked slowly for over five hours and served with side dishes and hot refreshments. The cost of those wishing to avail of the spit roasted venison is just €3.50 per person, the actual cost is subsidised by the Association.

The skill and knowledge of carcass handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and the committee would like the support of all members for this popular event.
Those who have attended our previous seminars will know this is a must attend event and a great social event.

We look forward to meeting you all and reflecting on the 2015/16 season.

Deer Stalkers Roadshow - Carcass Handling Seminar and Venison BBQ

Our 21st carcass handling seminar and venison BBQ will take place on Sunday December 6th at 2pm at Carrick Road, Boyle, Co Roscommon. This is our first visit to Co. Roscommon for this popular event and will form part of a “deer stalkers road show” over the coming months, where we plan to visit a number of counties where events are not normally held and to give new and existing local members the opportunity to attend. 

The skill and knowledge of carcass handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and we ask that all members support this event. 

The seminar is free of charge and open to WDAI members only. To gain access to the seminar you will require your current membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid on the day or posted in advance to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. You can also renew your membership or join online by clicking here

The seminar will include a number of speakers on various topics including disease identification and general deer health by a veterinarian, along with carcass preparation and home butchery by a game butcher. The Irish Trophy Commission will give a talk on best practice deer management and trophy head assessment. 

There will also be a large display of deer stalking equipment for sale along with a large selection of trophy heads for you to view. Complimentary venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served.  

Those who have attended our previous seminars will know it is a must attend event and a great social occasion to meet like minded deer stalkers; we look forward to meeting you all.


Join us on our Red deer rut watch 2015

The Red deer rut is an amazing experience and not to be missed! Sunday October 11th at 9am a Red Deer rut watch co-hosted with the National Parks & Wildlife Service will take place in Killarney National Park. Killarney offers a unique opportunity to observe these amazing wild animals at close quarters. We will be accompanied by a conservation ranger who will be on hand to answer all your queries. Before we set off the rangers will give a talk on the parks famous Red deer and a display of large heads will also be available to inspect.

Following the rut watch, there will be an opportunity for a small group to visit another area of the park to observe the impact deer have on the natural regeneration of the parks woodlands.

The location is suitable for all ages and fitness levels with families welcome. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis; email wilddeerireland@gmail.com to book your place.

Both events are free of charge and open to WDAI members and their families only. If your membership is outstanding or you would like to join click here on the link below or post to us at WDAI, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. Ordinary membership is €25 or €30 for family membership.

http://membership.wilddeerireland.com/product/membership/

Accommodation is in short supply this year and we would recommend the Lake Hotel, famous for its stunning views and resident Red deer population, they can be contacted on 064 663 1035 or visitwww.lakehotelkillarney.ie don't forget to ask for the reduced WDAI accommodation rate.

Visit us at the Irish Game and Country Fair

We are pleased to confirm we will have a large of trophy heads such as these Co Meath medal class heads as part of our exhibition at the Irish Game and Country Fair this weekend at Birr Castle, Co Offaly.

We will also have discounted game butchery and deer stalking equipment available, with all profits going to the Association. Outstanding membership can be paid and new members can also join on both days. 

Our stand will be located in the Countryside Alliance Ireland marquee and we look forward to meeting our members and fellow deer stalkers, so call in and say hello!


Cross Border Shooting Competition

The Northern Ireland branch of the British Deer Society has kindly invited members of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland to take part in a cross border shooting competition between the two organisations. Our original shoot was rescheduled to allow members obtain the necessary paperwork and the shoot will now take place at the well known deer estate, Baronscourt, Newownstewart, Co Tyrone on Saturday August 15th 2015. 

To take part in the shoot you will need to apply to your local Garda station for an EU firearms pass. As our hosts will also need to apply to the PSNI for a visitors firearm pass, you will need to confirm your attendance by emailing us no later than Friday July 10th 2015. 

The shoot format, it is based on, advanced deer-stalking field experience. (Timed shots are to replicate a follow up shot) 

2 Shots at 150m

3 shots at 100m

2 shots at 75m timed

2 shots at 50m timed

A team event will also take place, selected from the top ten shooters in our recent annual shoot.

The shooting competition is open to current WDAI members only. Family members are also welcome to attend and a BBQ and refreshments will be provided. We also plan to take a tour of the estate and see the deer herds at first hand.

If your membership was not renewed since our AGM on June 6th you can renew online by clicking here or post to us at WDAI, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork.


34th AGM of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, Saturday June 6th 2015

The 34th Annual General Meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will be held on Saturday June 6th 2015 at 7.30pm in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. To book accommodation you can contact the hotel on 052 7441288; don't forget to ask for our preferential rate (€45 single/€79 double B&B); room availability is limited so it is advisable to book early. Following the AGM a delicious venison banquet will be served; family members are welcome to attend. The cost of the meal is €25 and can be booked and paid for on the night.

Nominations for officers and committee can be made up to 5pm on May 31th 2015, either in writing or by email, only paid up members are entitled to nominate. Items to be discussed under AOB must also be nominated by the May 31st deadline. None of our outgoing officers are due to retire and our Chairman, Joe Murphy will have completed one year of his three year term.

In conjunction with the AGM our annual Trophy Head Competition will be held, categories include - Best Fallow – Best Sika – Best Red - Most Unusual - Best Overall and best Non Native Species. All heads must be presented for judging by no later than 7pm, while all heads can be displayed only heads taken in the 2014/15 season can be entered in the competition (this rule does not apply to the non native category)

In memory of our former Chairman John Creedon, we will also present the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland. Renowned wildlife photographer Tony Tang will again judge this years competition.

Competition rules are: the ethos of the Competition is to recognise amateur photographers. This year’s theme is "Ireland's Wildlife". You must submit your photos no later than 5pm on May 31st 2015 for judging, either by emailing us at wilddeerireland@gmail.com or posting your entries to Wild Deer Association of Ireland, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. There is no limit on number of entries. Photographs should not be framed. The competition is open to WDAI members only. Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. By submitting your photo, you accept that the WDAI has the right to publish your photograph.

All prizes will be awarded following the banquet meal.

Membership for the coming year is due following the AGM and can be paid on the night or posted to us in advance to WDAI, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork or you can renew/join online at www.wilddeerireland.com using PayPal, Credit Card or Debit Visa.

Members Fawn tagging day, June 21st

Weighed, measured and tagged. We are pleased to confirm, a members fawn tagging day will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin on Sunday, June 21st, thanks to the generosity of the Office of Public Works and park rangers.
The day is part of an ongoing research project over the last 30 years into the park's famous Fallow deer herd. The event is a great opportunity for all the family to get involved; netting, weighing and measuring the newborn fawns.
The event is open to WDAI members and their family and must be booked in advance by emailing us on wilddeerireland@gmail.com if you're not a member you can join online at www.wilddeerireland.com

Annual Centre Fire shooting competition April 26th

Our Annual Centre Fire shooting competition will take place at the Midlands Rifle Range, Co Offaly on Sunday, April 26th.

The competition will be over 100 and 200 yards, full details will be provided at registration. This event is open to Wild Deer Association of Ireland members, new members are also welcome to join on the day, or in advance, at www.wilddeerireland.com.

Registration begins at 11am and finishes at 12.30pm. Cost of entry is €25, with a great selection prizes to be won. Those who attended our last shoot will remember a mouth watering Slovakian venison stew was served along with hot refreshments. We are pleased to confirm this will be served again and is a great social occasion to meet like minded deer stalkers.

Hearing protection must be worn at all times. You will require 20 rounds and shooting sticks. If you do not have shooting sticks, they will be provided. The competition will be of a sporting nature and open to deer stalking calibres only.

For those completing the HCAP range test on May 30th this will be a great opportunity to practice and experience the range used for the HCAP.  

2015 HCAP exam and range test dates

The initial 2015 Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) exam and range dates has been announced by the Deer Alliance. Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) written examinations will be held on Saturday 21st March 2015 and Saturday 25th April 2015 (at 4 p.m. sharp on each day), with a Range Test for successful MCQ Candidates to be held on Saturday 30th May 2015, commencing at 10 a.m. Application for HCAP can be made through the “Online Applications” section of www.deeralliance.ie and payment (€100.00) can be made through PayPal using any valid debit or credit card. Hard-copy applications accompanied by cheque or postal order can be made by ordinary post, using the downloadable form available on the website (www.deeralliance.ie).

The Deer Alliance Stalker Training Manual can be ordered and paid for also through “Online Applications”, or ordered and paid for by ordinary post, cost €35.00 including post & packaging.

The venue for MCQs will be the Ionad Dara Community Centre in Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny, which is located beside the Roman Catholic Church, Church Street, Goresbridge. All HCAP Range Tests are held at the Midland National Shooting Centre, Derrymore, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

In addition, the Deer Alliance will hold Training Workshops from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 21st March in conjunction with the MCQ on that day, and again on Saturday 25th April. The add-on cost of participation in Workshops will be €50.00, subject to prior booking and payable on the day.

No written confirmation of your booking or eligibility for the range test will be sent to candidates but a list of eligible candidates will be posted on the Deer Alliance website prior to each MCQ and prior to the first Range Test, to include any candidates remaining eligible from earlier MCQs or Range Tests, if any.

Further enquiries to Liam Nolan 086 1927 845 or by email to deeralliance@gmail.com.

End of season event for deer stalkers - Carcass Handling Seminar and Venison BBQ

Our 20th Carcass Handling Seminar will take place on Sunday March 1st at 11am and ends at 1pm in the Cahir, Co Tipperary. 

The skill and knowledge of carcass handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and the committee would like the support of all members.

The seminar is free of charge & open to WDAI members. To gain access to the seminar you will require your current membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid on the day or posted in advance to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. You can also renew your membership or join online by clicking here.

The seminar will include a number of speakers including disease identification and general deer health by a veterinarian, along with carcass preparation and home butchery by a game butcher.

We will also have a large display of discounted game butchery equipment for sale with all profits going to the association.

A Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served. Those who have attended our previous seminars will know it is a must attend event and we look forward to meeting you all.

Join us on our driven wild boar hunt in Hungary

We are organising another hunting trip and have limited spaces available for a Driven Wild Boar Hunt in Hungary.

We depart Dublin at 7.30am on January 16th and arrive in Budapest at 11.25am, returning to Dublin on January 19th at 2.10pm.

For this trip we have secured very good big game hunting grounds (click here for further details on the hunting grounds and hosting outfitter). The package price for 2 days of driven hunting is €950 which includes Wild Boar, Red Hinds/Calf, Fallow Doe/Fawn and Roe Doe's/Kids. Full board and lunch in the hunting area each day, foreign hunting license, guide, interpreter, and insurance as well as all hunting organisation and transport to the hunting areas. The number of hunters is limited with 2 drives per day.

A non refundable deposit of €330 is required to secure your place. The cost does not include flights, which are approximately €200 with Aer Lingus based on current prices.  You will also require a passport and EU firearms pass. We are limited to 25 hunters with a minimum of 20 hunters required to secure this price. The cost is based on 20+ animals per day for our group with no boar trophy fees, if we shoot less than 20 animals per day the cost reduces. 

If you have attended any of our previous hunting trips, you will know this event is well worth attending. If you would like to attend email us on; wilddeerireland@gmail.com or contact Angus on 086 2568628.

Carcass Handling Seminar and Venison BBQ

Our 19th Carcass Handling Seminar will take place on Sunday December 14th at 2pm in the Abbey Theatre, Abbey St, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. 

The skill and knowledge of carcass handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and the committee would like the support of all members.

The seminar is free of charge & open to WDAI members. To gain access to the seminar you will require your current membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid on the day or posted in advance to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. You can also renew your membership or join online by clicking here.

The seminar will include a number of speakers including disease identification and general deer health by a veterinarian, along with carcass preparation and home butchery by a game butcher.

We will also have a large display of discounted game butchery equipment for sale with all profits going to the association.

A Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served. Those who have attended our previous seminars will know it is a must attend event and we look forward to meeting you all.

Red and Fallow deer rut walks

The rut is an amazing experience and not to be missed. This year we will hold two rut walks in Killarney National Park, Co Kerry and the Phoenix Park, Dublin. 

Sunday October 12th at 9am a Red Deer rut walk co-hosted with the National Parks & Wildlife Service will take place in Killarney National Park. Killarney offers a unique opportunity to observe these amazing wild animals at close quarters. We will be accompanied by a conservation ranger who will be on hand to answer all your queries. Before we set off the rangers will give a talk on the parks famous Red deer and a display of large heads will also be available to inspect. 

Sunday October 26th at 10am a Fallow Deer rut walk co-hosted by the Office of Public Works takes place in the Phoenix Park. The park’s deer keeper, Terry Moore, will discuss the importance of the herd, the research that has been conducted and will answer any questions you have. It is a wonderful opportunity to observe the rutting behaviour of both the bucks and does during this spectacle in the deer calendar.

The locations are suitable for all ages and fitness levels with families welcome. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis – text 087 2496987 or email wilddeerireland@gmail.com to book your place.

Both events are free of charge and open to WDAI members and their families only. If your membership is outstanding click here to renew or join online or post to us at WDAI, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. Ordinary membership is €25 or €30 for family membership.

33rd Annual General Meeting

The 33rd annual general meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will be held on Saturday June 7th 2014 at 7.30pm sharp in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary to book accommodation you can contact the hotel on 0527441288 - ask for our preferential rate of 45.00 per person sharing. Following the AGM the Kilcoran Lodge chefs will serve a delicious banquet, family members are also welcome.

Nominations for the following officers can be made up to 5pm on May 31th 2014 either in writing or by email, only paid up members are entitled to nominate: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO, Safety, Committee members up to a maximum of 20. Our chairman David Dunne tenure finishes at this AGM and our treasurer Teresa O’Hea is retiring after many years of service to the association 

In conjunction with the AGM our annual trophy head competition will be held, categories include - Best Fallow – Best Sika – Best Red - Most Unusual - Best Overall and best Non Native Species. All heads must be presented for judging by no later than 7pm, while all heads can be displayed only heads taken in the 2013/14 season can be entered in the competition (this rule does not apply to the non native category)

In memory of our former Chairman John Creedon, we will also present the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland.
Competition rules are; the ethos of the Competition is to recognise amateur photographers. This year’s theme is "Ireland's Wildlife". You must submit your photos no later than 5pm on May 30th 2014 for judging, either by emailing us at wilddeerireland@gmail.com or posting your entries to Wild Deer Association of Ireland, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. Photos will be on display on the night of the AGM. Prizes will be awarded following the AGM banquet meal. No limit on number of entries. Photos should not be framed. The competition is open to WDAI members only. Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. By submitting your photo, you accept that the WDAI has the right to publish your photograph.

A number of exhibitors will also be attending including a large display of discounted Deer Stalking equipment, with all profits going to the association.

Membership for the coming year is due following the AGM and can be paid on the night or posted to us in advance to WDAI, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork.

Centre fire shoot and ladies shooting competition

Calling all lady shooters and deer stalkers

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is holding a centre fire shooting competition at the Midlands Rifle Range, Co Offaly on Sunday April 27th. For the first time the competition will include a ladies competition.

The competition is over 100 and 200 yards and open to WDAI members and their families, new members are also welcome. Registration begins at 11am and cost of entry is €25 with a great selection prizes to be won.

For further details contact wilddeerireland@gmail.com or 087 2496987

HCAP MCQ & Range Test dates 2014

Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) 2014

The following HCAP MCQ exams and Range test s are scheduled for 2014

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) exams

  • Saturday March 29th 4pm
  • Saturday April 26th 4pm
  • Saturday May 24th 4pm

Range Test

  • Saturday June 7th 10am registration

All MCQ’s are subject to confirmation and will take place at Goresbridge, Co Killkenny. Range tests will be held at the Midlands Rifle and Pistol Club, Blueball, Co Offaly.

Candidates will have the option of attending a training day subject to payment of €50.00. The training day will not be obligatory and will run from 10am – 4pm on the day of the MCQ exam.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland will also continue our preparation workshops for members at a cost of €10 per member, which will take place the week prior to the MCQ exam. For those wishing to practice for the range test we will be holding a centre fire shoot at the Midlands Rifle and Pistol Club on Sunday April 27th.

For further details and to register and pay for the exam go to www.deeralliance.ie

Carcass Handling Seminar, Venison BBQ, Trophy Head Measuring, March 2nd

We are holding our 18th Carcass Handling Seminar on Sunday March 2nd at 2pm in the Community Hall, Cahir Co Tipperary. The hall is located off Church Street near the Garda station.

The skill and knowledge of carcass handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and the committee request the support of all members for this event.

The seminar is free of charge and open to WDAI members and their families. To gain access to the seminar you will require your current membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid on the day or posted in advance to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. For new members please visit www.wilddeerireland.com for our membership application.

The seminar will include speakers on disease identification and general deer health by DAFM veterinarian and deer-stalker George Lane, along with carcass preparation and home butchery by game butcher and deer-stalker David Dunne. The Irish Trophy Commission will give a demonstration on identifying Sika/Red hybrids and potential medal class heads. A large selection of trophy heads will also be on display.

A Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served. Those who have attended our previous seminars will know this is a must attend event & we look forward to meeting you all.

Carcass Handling Seminar, Venison BBQ, Trophy Head Measuring, December 1st

Our 17th Carcass Handling Seminar will take place on Sunday December 1st at 2pm in the Abbey Theatre, Abbey St, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. The venue will be sign posted on the day. 

The skill and knowledge of carcass handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and the committee would like the support of all members.

The seminar is free of charge & open to WDAI members only. To gain access to the seminar you will require your membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid on the day or posted in advance to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. For new members please visit www.wilddeerireland.com for our membership application.

The seminar will include speakers on disease identification and general deer health by a veterinarian, along with carcass preparation and home butchery by a game butcher. 

Ireland's only qualified measurers from the Irish Trophy Commission will give a demonstration on identifying Sika/Red hybrids and potential medal class heads. A large selection of trophy heads will also be on display.

A Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served. Those who have attended our previous seminars will know it is a must attend event & we look forward to meeting you all.

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Red Deer rut walk, Sunday October 13th Killarney National Park

Join us on our annual Red deer rut watch on Sunday October 13th in the National Park Killarney, Co Kerry. The rut is an amazing experience and not to be missed. Killarney offers a unique opportunity to observe these amazing wild stags at close quarters. We will be accompanied by a ranger from the National Parks & Wildlife Service who will be on hand to answer all your queries. 

The location is suitable for all ages and fitness levels but places are limited and open to all paid Wild Deer Association of Ireland members. Places will be allocated on a first come basis - text 087 2496987 or email wilddeerireland@gmail.com with your details to book your place, this event is free of charge and suitable for families. Don't forget your camera!!!

Starting time, location etc will be confirmed later

WDAI coach to the Jadg Hund 2014, Germany – Europe's Largest Hunting Exhibition

We are pleased to confirm we will be running a coach to Jagd & Hund 2014 in Germany, the event is Europe’s largest Hunting exhibition and 2014 will be its 33rd year. It is a show specific to hunting and hunting dogs and is unique to Europe. The exhibitors present their extensive range of products and services from all areas of hunting - hunting gear/clothing, hunting weapons/optics, hunting dogs, hunting trips as well as off-road vehicles. For fishing enthusiasts, the FISH ANGLE exhibition is taking place in adjacent halls. Originally part of the Jagd Hund Show, this is now a separate event but entry is included in your ticket to the hunting show. There will be presentations of hunting dogs and birds of prey, the depiction of various hunting methods, a spectacular off-road vehicle track, diverse fashion shows as well as the sound of renowned horn bands to round off what’s on offer.

6 DAY ITINERARY BY COACH:

Monday 3rd February
Local pick up then ferry from Dublin to Holyhead. Cross England and board the overnight ferry from Hull to Rotterdam including cabins, dinner and breakfast on board.

Tuesday 4th February
Disembark and travel across the Netherlands into Germany.   We will make our way directly to the Jagd & Hund Show at the Westphalenhallen exhibition centre in Dortmund.  We will arrive early afternoon for our first visit to the event before transferring to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Wednesday 5th February
After breakfast we will return to the Jagd & Hund Show for a full day visit returning to the hotel for evening dinner.

Thursday 6th February
Today we will spend a second full day at the Show, returning to the hotel for evening dinner.

Friday 7th February
Time for a final visit to the Fair, or enjoy some free time for shopping, before departing at midday for the return journey to Rotterdam.  We will then board the overnight cruise ferry and enjoy our last evening together with dinner and entertainment on the ship.

Saturday 8th February
After breakfast on board we will disembark in Hull and retrace our route to Holyhead for the 14.10hrs ferry to Dublin, arriving at 17.25hrs.  We will then immediately transfer you back to your original pick up point.

Tour Price Includes:  

  • Pick up from and return to your designated departure point
  • Luxury coach throughout with experienced Driver/Guide
  • Return ferry crossings Dublin-Holyhead
  • Return overnight cruise ferries Hull-Rotterdam with en-suite cabins, dinner and breakfast on board
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in Germany with dinner and breakfast daily
  • 2 full days and 2 half days at the Jagd & Hund exhibition (admission included).

Cost:      €655.00 per person sharing                              €99.00 single supplement
Enquiries:           Dominic: 086 8120442                               Teresa: teresa.ohea@novartis.com

Deposit Required to confirm booking:   
€200.00 to be paid to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland by 31st October 2013
(Deposit non-refundable)

Rescheduled Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Preparatory Workshop and Exam

 

Due to circumstances beyond our control the planned HCAP exam for August 17th has been rescheduled to Saturday August 24th at the same venue, Portlaoise. If you wish to register for this exam you should contact the Deer Alliance administrator Liam Nolan on 086 1927845 or emaildeeralliance@gmail.comthe closing date for applications is August 19th 2013.

Our preparatory workshop for WDAI members will now take place on the evening of Tuesday August 20th 2013 also in Portlaoise and must be booked in advance. To register for the workshop email wilddeerireland@gmail.com or text your details to 087 2496987 no later than Friday August 12th.

If you are not a WDAI member please click here to download our membership application.

Previous notice

We are hosting another Hunter Competence Assessment Programme exam on Saturday August 17th 2013 at 2pm in Portlaoise, Co Laois. In advance we are also running a preparatory workshop for WDAI members. The workshop takes place on the evening of Tuesday August 13th 2013 also in Portlaoise and must be booked in advance

To register for the workshop email wilddeerireland@gmail.com or text your details to 087 2496987 no later than Friday August 5th.

*Please note the workshop is open to current WDAI members only. WDAI membership application is available here  

To register for the HCAP exam click here and download the application form which can be returned to Deer Alliance, PO Box 1, Borris, Co Carlow. The closing date for applications is Friday August 5th 2013. Further details on the HCAP are available at www.deeralliance.ie or email deeralliance@gmail.com 

The next range test for successful candidates takes place on Saturday August 31st at the Midlands Rifle range, Co Offaly.

Please note this is the final HCAP before the 2013/14 season

 

National Country Fair August 3rd & 4th Borris, Irish Game & Country Fair August 31st & September 1st

Visit our stands in the Countryside Alliance Ireland marquee at the National Country Fair, August 3rd & 4th in Borris, Co Carlow and at the Irish Game & Country Fair, August 31st & September 1st in Birr, Co Offally. We will be on hand to answer all your deer-stalking queries at both events. We will also have a large display of discounted deer-stalking equipment for sale along with a display of trophy heads and other items. You can also renew membership or join on the day.

Call in and say hello!

 

32nd AGM & Blood Tracking Event

The 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will be held on Saturday June 15th 2013 at 7.30pm sharp in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. to book accommodation you can contact the hotel on 052 7441288 - ask for our preferential rate. 

The committee would ask all members to attend, as there are many important issues to discuss. 
Agenda: -

  1. Minutes of the previous A.G.M./ Matters Arising
  2. Proposed constitution changes
  3. Chairperson/Secretary/ Treasurer/ P.R.O. Reports
  4. Election of Officers/Committee
  5. Any Other Business 

Following the AGM the Kilcoran Lodge chefs will serve a delicious venison banquet, family members are also welcome. 

In conjunction with the AGM our annual Trophy Head competition will be held, categories include - Best Fallow – Best Sika – Best Red - Most Unusual - Best Overall and best Non Native Species. All heads must be presented for judging by no later than 7pm, while all heads can be displayed only heads taken in the 2012/13 season can be entered in the competition (this rule does not apply to the non native category)
For the first time we will also have our own Irish Trophy Commission head measurers in attendance on the night.

In memory of our former Chairman John Creedon, we will also present the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland. (Competition rules and further details to follow)

A number of exhibitors will also be attending including a large display of discounted Deer Stalking equipment, with all profits going to the association.  

Membership for the coming year is due following the AGM and can be paid on the night.

Dog tracking event -

Following the overwhelming success of our last blood tracking event for deer-stalking breeds, we are pleased to confirm a second event will take place in Cahir, Co Tipperary on June 15th for dogs under 15 months old and June 16th for dogs over 15 months old (the same weekend as our AGM).

Renowned dog tracking trainers from the International Hunting Dog Academy in Germany, Lisa Gaidies and Sebastian Meyer will again attend as guests of the association. Places are limited to 10 dogs per day on a first come basis with preference given to current WDAI members. The approx cost per dog for the days training will be €40 for under 15 months and €60 for over 15 months, final cost will be confirmed later. To register email us on wilddeerireland@gmail.com

Coach to the CLA Game Fair and HCAP Exam/Preparatory Workshop

March 4th 2013

Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Preparatory Workshop and Exam

We are hosting a Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) exam on Saturday April 20th 2013 at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co Tipperary. In advance we are also running a preparatory workshop for our members who are registered to sit the HCAP exam. The workshop will take place on the evening of Tuesday April 16th 2013, also at the same venue and must be booked in advance

To register for the workshop email wilddeerireland@gmail.com or text your details to 087 2496987.

*Please note the workshop is open to current WDAI members only. 

To register for the HCAP exam complete the application from on this link and return with the relevant fee to the address stated. The closing date for applications is Friday April 5th 2013. Further details on the HCAP are available at www.deeralliance.ie or email deeralliance@gmail.com 

Coach to the CLA Game Fair, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, UK.

We are running a coach to this year’s CLA Game Fair in Ragley Hall, Warwickshire which is been held from July 19th – 21st. Our package includes Coach, Ferry, Hotel, Meals, Tickets and transfers. The cost per person is €370. The coach will travel from Cork to Dublin with various collection points en-route, leaving on Friday July 19th and returning on Monday July 22nd.

For further details and to book your place email Teresa at teresa.ohea@novartis.com or contact Dominic on 086 8120442. Places are limited so it is advisable to book early!


Tracking Dogs for Deer-Stalking event and Carcass Handling Seminar/Venison BBQ

February 12th 2013

A dog tracking event for breeds used for deer-stalking will take place on Sunday February 24th 2013 near Cahir Co Tipperary. Renowned dog tracking trainers from the Hunting Dog Academy in Germany, Lisa Gaidies, Andrew Phillips and Sebastian Meyer will attend as guests of the association especially for this event, the first of its kind to be held in Ireland.

Lisa Gaidies has been a professional gundog trainer for 10 years and is the proud owner of her own hunting dog school (www.hunting-dog-academy.com). She is the head trainer for several well known german GSP and GWP kennels, author for a German hunting magazine and has successfully trained HPR dogs to the highest standard. 

Sebastian Meyer is a very experienced all round hunter with many years of boar and deer stalking, specialising in training blood tracking breeds, he will also give a presentation on shot reaction from blood, hair and bone at the site of a successful stalk.

The WDAI has been to the fore in ensuring the endorsed and ethical method of deer stalking with the aid of a tracking dog continues in Ireland by having the Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 corrected to protect this important practice. They also formed the first dedicated group for those with an interest in tracking dogs in Ireland, with the aim to provide and share information along with hosting related events. If you would like to join this group please contact Paul Hogan on 087 1425527.

If you use a dog for deer stalking this event should not to be missed, to attend you must book in advance and places are limited, contact wilddeerireland@gmail.com or 087 2496987. This event is supported by the Irish Kennel Club and Countryside Alliance Ireland.

We are holding our 16th Carcass Handling Seminar on Sunday February 24th at 2pm. As we have outgrown our usual venue in Cahir, this year’s seminar will be held in the Community Hall, Cahir Co Tipperary. The hall is located off Church Street and will be sign posted on the day. Fresh deer carcasses are not required for this seminar. The Skill and Knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking and the committee request the support of all members for this event.

The seminar is free of charge & open to WDAI members only. To gain access to the seminar you will require a current membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid on the day or posted in advance to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. For new members please visit www.wilddeerireland.com for our membership application.

Speakers will include veterinarian and deer stalker George Lane on disease identification and general deer health, along with carcass preparation and home butchery by game butcher and deer-stalker David Dunne. A chef will also give a venison cookery demonstration. A Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served. We also have a large range of discounted game butchery/deer-stalking equipment available with all profits going to the association.

Carcass Handling Seminar

November 1st 2012

Our 15th Carcass Handling Seminar will take place on Sunday November 11th at 2pm in the Abbey Theatre, Abbey St, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. The venue will be sign posted on the day. Fresh deer carcasses are not required for this seminar.

The Skill and Knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to Deer-Stalking and the committee would like the support of all members.

The seminar is free of charge & open to WDAI members only. To gain access to the seminar you will require your membership card. Outstanding membership can be paid on the day or posted in advance to us at PO Box 31, Midleton, Co Cork. For new members please download our membership application.

The seminar will include speakers on Disease Identification and General Deer Health by a veterinarian, along with Carcass Preparation and Home Butchery by a game butcher. There will also be advice and information on Deer-Stalking dogs & a demonstration on Rifle maintenance.

Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served. We will have a large range of discounted butchery & Deer-Stalking equipment available with all profits going to the association. There will also be a selection of custom stalking rifles on display by Fergal White, along with other exhibitors. 

Those who have attended our previous seminars will know it is a must attend event & we look forward to meeting you all.

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Talk on Ireland's Ancient Red Deer

October 15th 2012

On Saturday October 20th at 7.30pm in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney Dr Ruth Carden will give a presentation on Ireland's ancient red deer, this is the first public presentation of Ruth's extensive research (supported by the WDAI) on Kerry's Red Deer and not to be missedClaims of 'native' Irish red deer herds present in parts of Ireland have been made over the years, if not decades. However, these claims have not been supported by concrete, factual scientific evidence and because of such claims, a study was embarked upon in 2008 which finally examined the origins of red deer in Ireland comprehensively.  We used a multidisciplinary collaborative approach drawing from experts from a range of fields and backgrounds including genetics, ecology, zooarchaeology, morphometrics and red deer! This talk presents these exciting results of this detailed study for the first time in Ireland and there is not a more fitting place to deliver this talk than in Killarney, where the initial project idea was conceived during the red deer rut of 2007! 

The event is open to non members and is free of charge you can contact us on 087 2496987 or wilddeerireland@gmail.com to confirm you place.

Deer Management & Forestry Protection Day, September 28th Killarney National Park

September 14th 2012

The Society of Irish Foresters
in association with
Forest Service and National Parks and Wildlife Service

Deer Management & Forest Protection

Date:                    Friday, 28th September 2012
Time:                    10.00 am
Meeting Point:      Main Car Park, Muckross House, Killarney National Park,   Co. Kerry
Directions:  Travelling from Killarney, take the main Kenmare Road (N71) for approx 6kms. The only vehicle access is via the large entrance gate on the right, a short distance beyond the Muckross Park Hotel. Follow the SIF signs to the parking area.  

                        For detailed directions and map visit www.muckross-house.ie

Killarney National Park is famous for its native oak and arbutus woodlands.  However, as the adverse impacts of large populations of Sika deer on these woods became apparent in the late 1980s and 1990s a structured control programme was introduced on the Muckross peninsula to reduce populations in critical habitats.

Muckross peninsula is of particular interest because of the ongoing deer management programme and the wide range of habitat types on the peninsula (including the unique Reenadinna Yew Woodland) which are affected by the large population of Sika deer.

The field stops and demonstrations on this field day are designed to outline the main elements of successful deer management in modern Irish forestry and agriculture. 

Leaders: Ciaran Nugent (Forest Service), Frank McMahon (NPWS),

Field Day Programme – see overleaf →

PROGRAMME:

10.00 – Tea/Coffee on arrival.

10.00  – Killarney National Park – History and Issues.

10.30 – An Introduction to Deer Species and their Identification     .

11.00 – Deer and Woodland Conservation.

11.45 – Red Deer Conservation.

12.00 – Deer Population Assessment Techniques.

13.00 – Lunch.  Participants are advised to bring a packed Lunch

14.00 – Deer Fencing Techniques and Forest Design.

15.30 – Deer Population Control.

16.30 – Field Day ends.

This field day includes a walk of approx 6kms.

The kind assistance of National Parks & Wildlife Service and the Forest Service
in organising and hosting this field day is gratefully acknowledged.

 

Red Stag Rut Watch, Sunday October 20th Killarney National Park

September 13th 2012

Join us on our Annual Red Stag rut watch on Sunday October 21st in the National Park Killarney, Co Kerry - further details to follow. Below are details of Sika & Fallow Rut watches in the Wicklow Mountains & the Phoenix Park, Dublin.
A Fallow rut watch - will take place on the Sat 20th October, 2012. Meeting at the Papal Cross car park at 09.00am. Dr. Favel Naulty, Mammal Research Group, UCD and The park’s Deer Keeper Terry Moore will host this event.
Sika Rut watch – takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 13 October & Saturday 20 October
Wicklow is home to a large population of wild deer. They are particularly impressive in autumn when they ‘rut’. National Park staff shall have telescopes set up on the Spinc walking trail between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone walking on this route is welcome to stop by, view the deer through the telescopes and discuss the deer and their ecology with our staff.
Location: The Spinc walking trail (white arrows), Glendalough. Participants are advised to visit to the Information Office (Upper Lake, Glendalough) to get directions to the telescopes before setting out.
Practicalities: The Spinc trail takes 3 hours. All are welcome, although the hike may be too long for young children. Please note, that participants will not be escorted on the hike. Hiking boots and rain gear are recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them. All dogs must be kept on leads. This event is free of charge, but please be aware that the Upper Lake car park (Wicklow Co. Co.) has a €4 charge.
Booking: Booking is not necessary. For more information, please phone 0404 45656 (Monday to Friday) or 0404 45425 (weekends).

 

Annual Centre Fire Shoot

July 2nd 2012

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland annual Centre Fire Rifle shoot will take place on Sunday July 29th 2012 from 10.30am (final registration 12.30pm) in the Midlands Rifle & Pistol Club, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. (Directions - take the Birr road out of Tullamore, then take a right at Blueball village, the range will be sign posted from there). 

The shoot will be of a sporting nature and includes moving deer targets at 100 yards. The competition is open to deer calibers. 

Rules & further details will be given when registering. Safety is paramount and hearing protection must be worn at all times, all instructions from the range officer must be followed on the day, with use of breach flags compulsory.  

We have an excellent selection of prizes available with sponsored prizes also welcome. Evidence of your insurance and firearms license will be required. The cost of the shoot is €25.

This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the coming season or the next HCAP Range Test on August 25th and we would ask all members to make a special effort in attending. 

 

Record attendance at our 31st AGM

June 26th 2012

Wild Deer Association of Ireland AGM Report 2012

The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) saw a record attendance from all provinces at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Co. Tipperary on June 16th 2012.

Mary O’Regan’s election as the association new President was well received by all. Mary’s late husband Billy O’Regan, the outgoing President had sadly passed away recently, he is sadly missed by all. Officers elected were Mary O’Regan President, David Dunne Chairman, Tom O’Donnell Vice Chairman, Damien Hannigan Hon Secretary, Teresa O’Hea Treasurer, Eddie Graef Safety Officer, Pat Scully PRO in addition thirty four committee members from all regions were also elected.

The association’s membership continues to grow strongly nationally with over 100 new members since the previous AGM. Members were informed the association has just completed yet another busy year representing its members on many important issues, along with hosting and taking part in numerous events, including two highly successful carcass handling seminars attended by over 180 members. On a national and international level the association continues to have a strong voice through our membership of FACE Ireland, CIC, Deer Alliance and the recently formed RISE Board.

Tracking Dogs for Deer Stalking  
The WDAI has been to the fore ensuring the endorsed and ethical method of deer stalking with the aid of a tracking dog continues in Ireland by having the Wildlife Amendment Bill 2010 corrected to protect this important practice. Unlike other forms of hunting, it is not to seek and find a live quarry. The dogs are used to locate a fallen deer quickly so that the animal may be dispatched humanely. In the unlikely event of a deer been wounded, it immediately retreats and hides in deep cover. Without the assistance of tracking dogs, it could take a deer-stalker along time to locate a wounded deer or the deer might never be found. As part of our carcass handling seminar a presentation was given on tracking dog breeds. Due to growing demand it had been decided the WDAI will form the first dedicated group for those with an interest in tracking dogs in Ireland, providing information along with hosting related events. The group is chaired by Paul Hogan who can be contacted on 087 1425527.

National Deer Management Strategy Policy Vision
In November the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, launched a consultation process with a view to developing a National Deer Management Strategy for Ireland. The WDAI as the leading organisation representing those involved in deer management submitted a comprehensive submission based on feedback and input from its members. A revised Draft Policy Vision, incorporating stakeholder feedback and additional developments has now been completed and presented to senior department personnel from both DAFM and NPWS which was well received and is awaiting formal approval. It is expected that a policy development partnership will commence in August in conjunction with stakeholders. 

The illegal taking of deer (poaching) and falling deer numbers
Members were urged to play their part in ensuring that the sport of deer stalking and our wild deer herds are protected for future generations as it now appears deer are been culled at a faster rate than they can reproduce, thus decimating populations in many areas. In particular there are growing concerns for our Red deer in Co Kerry with traditional deer ranges now in serious decline. It is believed the decline is due to high venison prices promoting the illegal taking of deer by both licenced and unlicenced hunters. The WDAI has been actively working to have Red Hinds in Co Kerry removed from the open hunting season as their numbers are believed to be at dangerously low levels outside the Killarney National Park. Further evidence of the decline in deer numbers nationally is the unprecedented voluntary ban on the purchasing of deer taken out of season by the major Game Handling Establishments, who have expressed concern for the future viability of their businesses if numbers continue to fall at current levels. 

Future Events

Over the coming months the association will take part in a number of events - on August 4th/5th we will have a stand in the Countryside Alliance Ireland marquee at the Borris Game Fair in Co Carlow and Birr Castle on August 25th/26th. On August 11th we will host a HCAP exam in Portlaoise with a preparation workshop for our members on August 7th. The association’s annual shoot takes place at the Midlands Rifle Range, Co Offaly on July 22nd. A Driven Wild Boar Hunt in Poland takes place in November. For further details on all events you can go to www.wilddeerireland.com/events, like the WDAI Facebook page or follow on Twitter.

Following the AGM, a mouth-watering venison banquette was provided by the chefs at Kilcoran Lodge. Also there were a number of deer related exhibitors for members to view including a large selection of discounted deer stalking equipment.

The association’s annual trophy exhibition was held for outstanding trophy heads – the winners were: for Best Fallow John Joe Meagher, Co Offaly – Best Sika John Clooney, Laois – Most Unusual David Hogan, Co Kerry – Best Non Native Species – Dominic O’Hea, Co Cork - Best Red Deer and Overall Noel Callan, Louth with an excellent 222 CIC points Gold Medal Red Stag.

The John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland was presented. The competition was judged by renowned Wildlife Photographers Fran Byrne and Brendan Devitt, Wicklow, this year’s theme was “Irish Wildlife” with a high number of entries. Vince Flannelly from CAI presented the award to the winning photographer Neil Forde, Co Waterford. The recipient of the Bank of Ireland merit award for their contribution to the association’s success was a popular choice with Dominic O’Hea receiving this year’s award.

All those who attended in particular those who had travelled long distances where thanked, in addition to the many volunteers who had helped the association during the previous year.

 

 

May 26th 2012 HCAP Range Test

May 14th 2012

Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Range Test will take place on Saturday May 26th 2012 at the Blueball Range, Tullamore, Co Offaly - The Range Test will commence at 10 a.m. sharp and candidates are advised to be in attendance from 9.30 a.m. Candidates will shoot in alphabetical order, with 16 shooters to each firing detail. All places on each firing detail will be filled according to candidates present when the detail is called.

31st Annual General Meeting

May 3rd 2012

The 31st Annual General Meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will be held on Saturday June 16th 2012 at 7.30pm sharp in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary you can contact the hotel on 052 7441288 for accommodation, don’t forget to ask for our preferential rate. 

The committee would ask all members to attend, as there are many important issues to discuss. 

Agenda: -

  1. Minutes of the previous A.G.M./ Matters Arising
  2. Chairperson/Secretary/ Treasurer/ P.R.O. Reports
  3. Election of Officers/Committee
  4. Any Other Business 

Following the AGM the Kilcoran Lodge chefs will serve a venison banquette, family members are also welcome. 

In conjunction with the AGM our annual Trophy Head competition will be held, categories have been extended to now include - Best Fallow – Best Sika – Best Red - Most Unusual - Best Overall and best Non Native Species. All heads must be presented for judging by no later than 7pm, while all heads can be displayed only heads taken in the 2011/12 season can be entered in the competition. 

In memory of our former Chairman John Creedon, we will also present the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland. (Competition rules and further details to follow)

A number of exhibitors will also be attending including a large display of discounted Deer Stalking equipment, with all profits going to the association.

Membership for the coming year is due following the AGM and can be paid on the night,(€20 Ordinary, Family €25, Lifetime membership €200 Ordinary/ €250 Family), if you are unable to attend please forward your membership to Wild Deer Association of Ireland, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co. Cork.

 

Conference on Lymes Disease in Ireland

March 30th 2012

Tick Talk Ireland will host a Conference on Lyme Disease to be held in Clontarf Castle, Dublin on June 5th & 6th 2012. As you will be aware this is a very relevant topic for those involved in outdoor activities such as Deer Stalking.

If you have any further queries Jenny can be contacted on  jenny@ticktalkireland.org.

Ireland Lyme Conference 2012

Clontarf Castle, Dublin. 5/6 June 2012

WHEN:

Half day Tuesday 5th June - protection & prevention tips, plus tick-borne infections in animals

Full day Wednesday 6th June - lyme disease in humans including testing, treatment & research

WHERE:

Clontarf Castle, Dublin (close to the airport, city centre, motorways & ferry terminals)

WHO:

The conference will be suited to the following audience:

Tuesday session – members of the public who enjoy walking, camping or hunting, pet owners, farmers, park rangers & vets

Wednesday session – patients of diagnosed or suspected tick-borne diseases, doctors, nurses & interested scientists. 

More details including topics of discussion available at: http://www.ticktalkireland.org/lymeconference/

2012 Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Dates

March 16th 2012

The 2012 schedule for the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Exams dates & Range Tests is as follows:

MCQ Exam Dates

  • Wednesday March 21st 2012, Laragh, Co Wicklow
  • Saturday April 14th 2012 Cahir, Co Tipperary (there will be a preparation workshop for WDAI members in the proceeding week)
  • May Co. Sligo date/venue tbc
  • Saturday August 11th 2012  Portlaoise, Co Laois (there will be a preparation workshop for WDAI members in the proceeding week)

Range Test Dates

  • Saturday May 26th 2012 Midlands Rifle Range, Blueball, Co Offaly
  • Saturday August 25th 2012 Midlands Rifle Range, Blueball, Co Offaly 

Note the April & August sittings will be hosted by the Wild Deer Association of Ireland and there will be preparation workshops in the proceeding week before each exam.

If you would like to attend the April Exam and Workshop please email wilddeerireland@gmail.com or phone 087 2496987 before March 30th. For additional information and queries on the HCAP please go to www.deeralliance.ie or email hcap@ireland.com .

2011/12 Open Deer Season close date

February 27th 2012

The closing date for 2011/12 Open Season for Wild Deer is this coming Wednesday February 29th due to the leap year - enjoy the extra day! For more details on the open season click here  

To view the Ministers order on the open seasons click here

Irish Game Fair dates for 2012

February 24th 2012

Ballywalter, Co Down May 5th & 6th

Moira Demesne, Co Down May 26th & 27th

Shanes Castle, Co Antrim July 7th & 8th

Borris, Co Carlow August 4th & 5th

Birr, Co Offaly August 25th & 26th.

Again we will have a substantial display of deer heads, deer-stalking related items and will be on hand to answer your questions at the Borris and Birr Game Fairs, thanks to the continued support of Countryside Alliance Ireland.

Deer Tissue Samples Required

February 9th 2012

We are currently supporting two projects on Sika/Red Deer Hybridisation in the North West in collaboration with University of Edinburgh, Coillte, NPWS and Dr Ruth Carden (further details attached) and Fallow Deer Nationally in the Island of Ireland in collaboration with University of Nottingham.

If you would like to help us collect these samples from culled deer, please email us on wilddeerireland@gmail.com or phone us on 087 2496987, we will require your name, address, the amount of sample bottles you feel you will be able to fill (which we will supply along with data cards) and for which project. If you have queries regarding the projects you can contact Dr Ruth Carden on 087 9426561.

Regarding Fallow Deer samples from throughout the island of Ireland. If you can please indicate the coat colour of animals shot on the data card along with the tissue sample. Coat varieties - Black (black/dark brown colour in summer; black rump and spots are very faint), Brown (Summer - rich chestnut brown with brown rump and spots very faint), Menil (summer - rich-ginger brown with white spots clearly visible along flanks of the body, white rump, brown stripe on tail),  Common (summer - rich-ginger brown with white spots clearly visible along flanks of the body, white rump, black stripe on tail) & White. During winter, all coat varieties are a duller versions of the summer coats. 

Ever since the Neolithic, humans have selectively transported and maintained this elegant animal, taking it from its restricted native range in the eastern Mediterranean across Europe where it is now an established icon of stately homes. Wherever fallow deer have been introduced they have altered the physical and psychological landscape and their distribution is a direct record of human migration, trade, behaviour and world view. Given their impact and significance, Fallow deer are genuinely worthy of investigation, with potential to provide cultural data of the highest relevance and significance for a range of disciplines and audiences.

To realise this potential the AHRC is funding a major international project that will employ methods proven by our pilot study – e.g. the integration of archaeology, history, geography and anthropology with genetics, stable isotope analysis and osteological research - to examine the circumstances and cultural significance of this species' diffusion across Europe.

Further information on the Fallow Deer project can be found here

 http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/archaeology/research/projects/current/fallow-deer.aspx

Further information on the Sika Deer project click here

Please return samples and datacards to following address: 

Dr Ruth Carden
National Museum of Ireland
Natural History Division
Merrion Street
Dublin 2

Thank you for your support.

13th Carcass Handling Seminar

February 8th 2012

Our 13th Carcass Handling Seminar will take place on Sunday February 12th at 2pm in Cahir, Co Tipperary. The venue will be sign posted on the day which is beside Cahir Castle. We would encourage members to bring as many fresh deer carcasses as possible, including the pluck for examination. 

The Skill and Knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to Deer-Stalking and the committee would like the support of all members for this event. There is no charge for this event, outstanding membership and new members can pay on the day.

Schedule   2.00pm – Disease identification and general deer health – John Murray, Dept. of Agriculture 3.00pm – Carcass Preparation and Home Butchery - David Dunne, Game Butcher and Deer Stalker 4.00pm – Advice and information on Lymes Disease prevention for Deer-Stalkers - Tick Talk 4.30pm - Advice and Information on Deer Stalking Dogs - Tom Hynes and various deer stalkers

A Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served *Warm clothes recommended *We will have large range of discounted butchery equipment available with all profits going to the association.

Driven Wild Boar Hunt in Poland

January 12th 2012

We are organising another hunting trip and have limited spaces available for a Driven Wild Boar Hunt in Poland.

We fly to Berlin on November 22nd and travel to Poland and depart Berlin on November 26th.

For this trip we have secured two very good big game hunting grounds. The package price for 3 days of driven hunting is €1,400.00 which includes Wild Boar, Red Hinds/Calf and Roe Doe's/Kids. Full board and Lunch in the hunting area each day, foreign hunting license and insurance as well as all hunting organisation and transport to the hunting areas. The number of hunters is limited to 10-14 hunters with 6-8 short drives per day.

A deposit of 50% would need to be forwarded to Dominic O’Hea before February 14th and the balance paid in September, with Cheques/Bank Draft/Postal Order made payable to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland. Flights and drinks are not included and the trip will only go ahead once a minimum number is achieved and deposits paid on time.

If you have attended any of our previous hunting trips, you will know this event is well worth attending. If you would like to attend contact us before January 27th on wilddeerireland@gmail.com or you can contact Dominic O’Hea on 086 8120442.

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Carcass Handling Seminar

October 24th 2011

Due to the continued success of our Carcass Handling Seminars we will be holding an additional seminar on Sunday November 13th 2011 at Limerick Street, Roscrea, Co Tipperary starting at 2pm sharp. The venue will be sign posted on the day from Limerick Street.

We would ask that members bring along as many fresh deer carcasses as possible, including the pluck in a separate container for examination.

The seminar will include– Field Evisceration & Butchery – preparation of Cape for taxidermist– demonstration by DAFF Veterinarian on Carcass examination & disease identification – demonstration by a butcher on preparation of carcass for consumption – advice and information on tick pervention for hunters will also be provided. A delicious Venison BBQ and light refreshments will be available.

The Skill and Knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to Deer-Stalking, and the committee would like the support of all members for this event.

Celebrate St Hubert's Day

October 24th 2011

St Hubert’s Day (St Hubertis the patron saint of hunting) will be celebrated on Friday November 4th.

Following the success of last year’s celebrations in Abbeyleix, the location for this year’s event will be Kinnity Castle, Co Offaly. It is anticipated that a large number of hunt, gun and angling clubs will be in attendance and will make this a memorable day out. In addition, land ownersand all friends of country sports will be most welcome to attend and enjoy the festivities.

Game shooter sare encouraged to bring along a hunting dog as a symbol of their traditional past time. Other hunting and country sport disciplines are invited to bring along similar suitable symbols, including birds of prey so come along to this important social occasion and celebrate the start of a great hunting season.

Light refreshments and BBQ game will be available free of charge on the day. We would encourage all our members and supporters to celebrate this important day with us.

Join us to watch the Red Deer Rut in the Killarney National Park, Co Kerry

October 21th 2011

We are planning a walk this coming Sunday October 16th at 9am in the Killarney National Park. To observe the parks Red Stags during the rut, if you have not witnessed this before, it is a memorable event and well worth attending. National Parks & Wildlife Service have kindly agreed to have a Ranger in attendance to answer any questions you may have and give further information on this unique subspecies of Red Deer.

Spaces are limited to twenty persons. We will confirm the meeting location closer to the day by email. If you are interested, please email wilddeerireland@gmail.com on receipt of this email.

Visit us at the Birr Castle Game Fair August 27 & 28th

August 15th 2011

You can visit our stand in the Countryside Alliance Ireland marquee at the Birr Castle Game Fair on Saturday and Sunday August 27/ 28th.

Our stand will include a display by leading taxidermist Kurt Ecker, also renowned Wildlife Photographers Fran Byrne and Brendan Devitt will have a selection of wild deer images available.

You can view examples of Ireland's wild deer at the stand and Wild Deer Association of Ireland members will be on hand to answer any questions you have on wild deer or deer stalking, so pop in to say hello!

Wild Deer Association of Ireland Annual Centre Fire Shoot

August 11th 2011

Event Update - On the same day as our shoot, Sunday August 14th, the Tullamore Show takes place. While the show runs from 7.30am to 6pm, with an expected attendance of 55,000, we are advising those attending the shoot to be prepared for busier traffic than normal, not to mention taking advantage of having the opportunity to attend two great events.

The new N52 Tullamore Bypass will allow you to avoid most of the traffic or you can also turn left in the village of Killeigh, if you are travelling from south of the range.  

 

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) annual centre fire rifle shoot will take place on Sunday August 14th 2011 at 11am (final registration 1pm) in the Midlands Rifle & Pistol Club, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. (Directions - take the Birr road out of Tullamore, then take a right at Blueball village, the range will be sign posted from there).

The shoot will be of a sporting nature and includes moving deer silhouettes at 100 yards. The competition is open to deer calibers.

Rules & further details will be given when registering. Safety is paramount with hearing protection to be worn at all times, all instructions from the range officer must be followed on the day, with use of breach flags compulsory. 

There will be prizes on the day with sponsored prizes welcome. Evidence of your insurance and firearms license will be required. The cost of the shoot is €30.

This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the coming season or the next HCAP Range Test on August 27th, we would ask all members to make a special effort in attending. If you have further queries we can be contacted on 087 2496987 or e-mail wilddeerireland@gmail.com

Hunter Competence Assessment Programme Preparatory Workshop

July 14th 2011

The next scheduled Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) exam, will take place on Saturday 6 August 2011, 3 p.m. sharp at the Killeshin Hotel, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. 

In advance the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will run a preparatory Workshop for our Members, registered to sit the exam. The Workshop will take place place at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 2 August 2011, also at the Maldron Hotel (note change of venue) and must be booked in advance. For information on membership go to www.wilddeerireland.com or contact Damien Hannigan, on 087 249 6987 or wilddeerireland@gmail.com to register for the workshop. 

Those who are successful at the written exam (multiple choice questions). Can attend the HCAP Range Test on 27 August along with those who have successfully passed the written exam within the last 6 months, which will be the last scheduled assessment/range test for the hunting season 2011-2012, where a Coillte Permit is required. The closing date for applications is Friday 22 July 2011. Further details on the HCAP are available at www.deeralliance.ie

Ballinlough Castle Country Fair

July 12th 2011

The Ballinlough Castle Country Fair will take place this coming weekend July 16th & 17th in Co Westmeath. We will have a stand at the Fair thanks to the generosity of Countryside Alliance Ireland. We require members to volunteer to help on the stand over the two days, if you can help in any way email us at wilddeerireland@gmail.com or phone 087 2496987.

Wild Deer Association of Ireland 30th AGM Report

June 1st 2011

The 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) took place on Saturday May 14th 2011 in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.
Officers elected were Billy O’Regan President, David Dunne Chairman, Tom O’Donnell Vice Chairman, Damien Hannigan Hon Secretary, Teresa O’Hea Treasurer, Eddie Graef Safety Officer, Pat Scully PRO in addition twenty four committee members from all regions were elected.

The association’s membership continued to grow strongly with yet another significant growth in new members from all areas of the country since the previous AGM.

Members were informed 2010/11 was by far the busiest year the association had experienced, with the association representing its members on many important issues, along with hosting and taking part in numerous events. 

Meeting the Department of the Environment

Following an invitation from the then Minister for the Environment, John Gormley the WDAI met with senior officials from the Department of the Environment on January 12th. The meeting was very productive and covered a number of important issues raised by WDAI members such as the need for a National Deer Management Strategy, the dramatic increase in Deer Poaching, the introduction of a Tagging System, the impact of the recent severe weather conditions on our wild deer, the need to review the process of issuing Section 42 permits and more, a follow up meeting is been planned to progress these matters further with the new Minster Jimmy Deenihan TD.

Survey of Deer Stalkers and Foresters

The WDAI undertook a national survey of its members and foresters in January, with the survey findings been presented to the Department of the Environment. The survey received an excellent response from all regions. Some of the findings were 88% of Deer Stalkers and 58% of Foresters had seen a reduction in deer numbers, 81% of Deer Stalkers and 73% of Forest Managers had seen an increase in Deer Poaching.

 

Pledges from the main Political Parties

Prior to the last General Election the WDAI sought and received support from all the main political parties who gave written pledges that they will support Hunting and all Field Sports and will vote against legislation that harms or restricts Hunting and Field Sports activities.
The pledges were – 1. You support Hunting and all Field Sports. 2.  You will vote against legislation that harms or restricts Hunting and Field Sports. 3.  You support calls for a National Deer Management strategy to be implemented without delay. 4.  You support calls to address the current Deer Poaching epidemic and agree to take immediate action on entering government to address this illegal activity. The WDAI are actively working to ensure these pledges are delivered.

Wild Deer Conference

Following the progress made by a number of organisations, such as the Wild Deer Association of Ireland and Woodlands of Ireland to promote the need for a National Deer Management Strategy in recent years, a conference was held on April 2nd in the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone. The WDAI co-organised and supported this inaugural Wild Deer Conference, with the event been well supported by members of the WDAI. The theme of the conference was ‘Is it Possible to Build Consensus on a National Deer Management Strategy?’  Over 160 attended from all sectors including forestry, landowners and those involved in deer management, of which approx 60 were WDAI members, to whom we are grateful for their attendance and financial support of this event.  Following presentations by a number of speakers on various topics, a number of proposals were made including that the role of the Deer Alliance, which has been successfully in existence since 2001 overseeing the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP), be extended to incorporate all outstanding and relevant stakeholders, to administer a national deer management strategy with an independent chair person to be appointed. Currently all proposals and options are been explored.

 

National and International Recognition

At a national level the WDAI continues to be respected and acknowledged as a leading authority on Ireland’s wild deer and as a national representative body for those involved deer management. This status receives similar recognition internationally through their membership of FACE Ireland and CIC International. FACE is recognised by the European Commission as the main discussion partner, representing Europe's 7 million hunters, whereas, CIC International represents hunters in over 80 countries around the world.

New initiatives and future events

The WDAI launched a number of important initiatives to support legitimate deer stalkers and protect the reputation of deer-stalking and wild deer. “Report a Wildlife Crime’’ will allow the reporting of wildlife crimes such as deer poaching, through the associations website www.wilddeerireland.com or by completing a questionnaire, each report is logged and followed up by the relevant authorities.

Members were informed reports of Road Traffic Accidents involving deer or “Deer RTA’s” are on the increase, as our growing motorway network impacts on existing deer habitat and the range of our deer herds expands. Were a human fatality to happen resulting from a Deer RTA, this could create a negative and alarmist impression of wild deer. Deer Awareness Ireland has begun to identify, Deer RTA’s hotspots, along with educating road users, road planners and County Councils on the corrective actions required to reduce deer RTA’s.

The WDAI will also host or support a number of events over the coming months. On Thursday July 21st to 24th the WDAI have organised a coach to the CLA Game Fair in the UK, the package covers accommodation, travel, tickets, contact Dominic O’Hea 086 8120442 for further details. The WDAI will also have a stand at the Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath July 16th/17th and Birr Castle, Game Fairs Offaly August 27th/28th. The association’s annual shoot is to be held on August 14th at the Midlands Rifle Range, Co Offaly and a second carcass handling seminar will held in Roscrea during October. For further details on all events go www.wilddeerireland.com/events

Following the AGM, which saw a large attendance from all over the country, a mouth-watering venison banquette was provided by the chefs at Kilcoran Lodge.

 

 In conjunction with the AGM the association’s annual trophy exhibition was held for outstanding trophy heads taken during the previous season – the winners were for Best Fallow to Paul Fletcher, Tipperary – Best Sika to Fran Lynch, Wexford – Best Red Deer to Christopher Marron, Monaghan, - Most Unusual to John Clooney, Laois - Best Overall to Noel Callan, Louth.

In memory of former Chairman John Creedon, the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) was presented. The competition was judged by renowned Wildlife Photographers Fran Byrne and Brendan Devitt, Wicklow, with Peter Bacon from CAI presenting the first prize to Paul Hogan, Tipperary, who captured a fantastic image of a Fallow Doe.

This was followed by a member’s draw; amongst the prizes was an all expenses trip to the CLA Game Fair, won by Michael Corbett.

There were also a number of exhibitors and a display of African game species for members to view.

Outgoing Chairman, Pat Scully who had completed his tenure as chairman and Tom Grace, outgoing Treasurer who had held the role for the last ten years along with all those who contributed to the associations growing success were acknowledged and thanked.

 

 

30th Wild Deer Association of Ireland Annual General Meeting

May 6th 2011

As part of our AGM on May 14th we will have discounted Deer Stalking Equipment such as scopes, deer stalking clothing, butchery sets and much more. All profits go to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, so why not support your association and get a great bargain at the same time.

The 30th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) will be held on Saturday May 14th 2011 at 7.30pm sharp in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary (1 mile from exit 11 on the M8 Cork to Dublin motorway) you can contact the hotel on 052 7441288 for accommodation, don’t forget to ask for our preferential rate. 

The committee would ask all members to attend, as there are many important issues to discuss. Following the AGM the chefs at Kilcoran Lodge will serve a Venison Banquette, starting at 9.00pm (€25 per person), family members are also welcome.

 In conjunction with the AGM the annual Trophy Head competition will be held, categories have been extended this year to now include - Best Fallow – Best Sika – Best Red - Most Unusual - Best Overall. All heads must be presented for judging no later than 7pm, while all heads can be displayed only heads taken in the 2010/11 season can be entered into the competition. 

In memory of our former Chairman John Creedon, we will also host the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland, winning entries will be included in our 2012 Calendar. Competition rules are

Theme of competition - Ireland's Wild Deer.
Photos should be 7 x 5 upwards in size. You must present your photos no later than 7.15pm on Saturday May 14th 2011 at meeting venue. Photos will be put on display on the night of the AGM. Prizes will be awarded following the AGM banquet meal. No limit on number of entries. Photos should not be framed. Competition will be open to WDAI members only.
By submitting your photo, you accept that the Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) has the right to publish your photograph. Entries photography’s may be used to produce Christmas cards, Calendars and other promotional material for the benefit of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland and its members.
Judges decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

The following morning May 15th renowned Wildlife Photographer, Fran Byrne will host a Wildlife Photography Workshop and Field Trip. This must attend event is aimed at both beginners and advanced photographers. Fran's vast experience will help you achieve that perfect shot. Places are limited and must be booked in advance by emailing us onwilddeerireland@gmail.com.

A member’s draw will also take place with many fantastic deer stalking related prizes to win. There will also be a display of African game species and a number of exhibitors for members to view. 

Other events – Visit us at The Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show, Birr Castle, Offaly May 6th& 7th, Game Fairs at Ballinlough Castle, Westmeath July 16th/17th, Birr Castle, Offaly August 27th/28th. We are organising a coach to the CLA Game Fair in the UK July 21st-24th. Our annual shoot is August 14th at the Midlands Rifle Range, Co Offaly. For further details on all events go www.wilddeerireland.com/events or contact us on 087 2496987. 


 

Wild Deer Association of Ireland Shooting Competition

April 19th 2011

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland shoot will take place on Sunday August 14th 2011 @ 11am in the Midlands Rifle & Pistol Club, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. (Directions - take the Birr road out of Tullamore & then take a right at Blueball village, the range will be sign posted from there).

Shooting competition is open to all standard sporting rifles & the theme will be of a sporting nature.

Rules & further details will be given when registering. Safety is paramount with hearing protection to be worn at all times, all instructions from the range officer must be followed on the day, with use of breach flags compulsory. 

There will be prizes on the day with sponsored prizes welcome.

NARGC & Countryside Alliance Ireland insurance is acceptable as proof of insurance on registration. The cost for the shoot is €30 - non-members may attend at a cost of €40.

This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the coming season or HCAP Range Test, so we would ask all members to make a special effort in attending. If you have further queries we can be contacted on 087 2496987 or e-mail info@wilddeerireland.com

Wildlife Photography Workshop and Field Trip

April 14th 2011

Following our Annual General Meeting on May 14th, Fran Byrne renowned wildlife and landscape photographer will host a Wildlife Photography Workshop and Field Trip at Kilcoran Lodge, Co Tipperary on the morning of May 15th.

This must attend event is aimed at both beginners and advanced photographers. Fran's vast expierience will help you achieve that perfect shot. If you would like to see more of Fran's fantastic work you can click here or visit our Facebook page

Places are limited and must be booked in advance, you can email us on wilddeerireland@gmail.com or phone 087 2496987 to book your place

Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Preparation Workshop

April 9th 2011

On April 16th 2011 we will host a HCAP MCQ exam in Kilcoran Lodge, Cahir, Co Tipperary, in advance we will be holding a preparation workshop for Wild Deer Association of Ireland members at the same venue. These workshops are proven to be of benefit to those sitting the HCAP exam.

Click here to see if you are registered for the exam.

For further details contact us on wilddeerireland@gmail.com or 087 2496987.

National Wild Deer Conference 2011

February 24th 2011

Saturday 2nd April 2011 marks a milestone for Wild Deer in Ireland with the inaugural Wild Deer Conference taking place in the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone.  A growing need for a unified approach to issues relating to wild deer in Ireland has prompted the need to host an annual conference on the key issues affecting wild deer.  This year’s conference titled ‘Is it possible to Build Consensus on a National Deer Management Strategy?’ promises to be a unique platform for discussion on issues and policy towards forming a unified approach to deerA varied programme of speakers and topics which reflect the key challenges to and opportunities arising from a unified deer management strategy ensure that this is a must-attend for all stakeholders in wild deer in Ireland.

The day is split into four sessions with ample time for questions. It draws together representation from the scientific community, policy makers, land owners, hunters groups and international experience kick-starting the conversation ‘Is it possible to build consensus on a national deer management strategy?’

Presentations will include:

  • ‘Release of Deer Species into the Wild – Costs and Benefits’
    Jaimie Dick - Queen’s University Belfast.
  • ‘The Role of the Deer Initiative in England and Wales’
    Peter Watson – The Deer Initiative. UK
  • ‘Deer Management – Key Issues and Informing Perceptions’
    Declan Little – Woodlands of Ireland
  • ‘The Deer Cull and Sale of Venison in Ireland – Collecting the Data’
    Jim Walsh
  • ‘Deer Management Policy Development and Strategic Principles’
    Ciaran Nugent – Inter Agency Deer Policy Group / DAFF
  • ‘Difficulties in attaining Stakeholder Consensus in a Deer Management Strategy’
    Peter Watson – The Deer Initiative. UK
  • ‘Wild Deer Management – The Issues affecting Hunters’
    Liam Nolan – Deer Alliance
  • ‘Where do we go from here?’
    Barry Coad – Coillte Teoranta

 This unique event is certain to become an established feature in the calendar of all stakeholders. It is expected that the conference will be oversubscribed so early booking is essential. Tickets cost €25 and include lunch and refreshments. Further information and a full programme with booking form are available from robhenaghan@yahoo.co.uk The Hodson Bay has excellent facilities and is conveniently located off the M6 outside Athlone town on the shores of Lough Ree. Voted best business hotel in Athlone it also boasts excellent spa & leisure facilities.  An accommodation rate has been agreed for conference delegates; the hotel can be contacted on 090 6442000

Bookings Close on March 25th 2011

Click here to download your conference poster

11th Annual Carcass Handling Seminar

January 16th 2011

Our 11th annual Carcass Handling Seminar will take place at 2.00pm in Cahir, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 6th, February 2011.

Directions to the Seminar are as follows; take the Limerick/ Cork exit from Cahir town centre; on passing Cahir Castle the first building (old mill) on the left over the bridge. We would ask that members bring along as many fresh deer carcasses as possible, including pluck in a separate container for examination.

This year’s event will include – Field Evisceration & Butchery – preparation of Cape for taxidermist – demonstration by Dept Vet on Carcass examination & disease identification  – demonstration by butcher on preparation of carcass for consumption – Venison BBQ .

The Skill and Knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to Deer-stalking, so the committee would like the support of all members for this event. Light refreshments & barbecued venison will be provided free of charge.

Non members are welcome when accompanied by a member.

Schedule

2.00pm – Disease identification and general deer health – John Murray, Dept. of Agriculture

3.00pm – Skinning, Carcass Preparation and Home Butchery - David Dunne, Game Butcher and Deer Stalker

4.00pm – Cape Preparation – Kurt Ecker, Taxidermist

*A Venison BBQ and hot refreshments will be served

*Warm clothes recommended

CLA Game Fair 2011

February 2nd 2011

This year's CLA Game Fair will be held at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK on Friday 22 July - Sunday 24 July 2011.

The CLA Game Fair attracts over 140,000 visitors. As the World's Leading Country Sport Event the show hosts the biggest and best shooting and fishing shows as well as the most comprehensive gundog and falconry exhibitions alongside every other aspect of countryside activities and interests such as ferreting, gamekeeping, Estate Management, Forestry and Woodlandhounds and hunting.

Under the banner of the National Countryside Show, visitors will also enjoy the foodgardening, conservation and nature, food and cookery demonstrations, 4 x 4 driving, and many family orientated features included in areas such as Active Countryside  for all where quad biking, mountain boarding, aerial trekking, laser combat and many other fun activities can be enjoyed.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland are providing a coach for members who would like to travel to this event. The package includes a return coach leaving on Thursday July 21st and returning on Sunday July 24th - accommodation - all meals (excluding lunch & drinks) - tickets to the game fair - transfers from the hotel and Blenheim Palace.

The total cost is €345 per person, with a maximum of 50 places available. If you would like to book your place email us at wilddeerireland@gmail.com or contact Dominic on 086 8120442

Provisonal Hunter Competence Assessment Programme Exam and Range Test Dates for 2011

January 18th 2011

MCQ Exams -

WEDNESDAY 2 MARCH 2011, 9 p.m., LARAGH, CO. WICKLOW

SATURDAY 16 APRIL 2011, 3 p.m., CAHIR, CO. TIPPERARY

SUNDAY 25 JUNE 2011, CONNACHT (VENUE TO BE CONFIRMED)

SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2011, PORTLAOSE, CO. LAOIS

Range Tests -

SATURDAY 28 MAY 2011 (Mildland Rifle Range)

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST 2011 (Mildland Rifle Range)

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland plan to host workshops to prepare candidates for the written exams, these workshops have proven to be successful in preparing candidates. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops or would like to register for the provisional dates listed you can email us on wilddeerireland@gmail.com

Further details and application forms are available on http://www.deeralliance.ie/pdfs/HCAPapp.pdf or by emailing hcap@ireland.com

 

11th Annual Carcass Handling Seminar

January 16th 2011

Our 11th annual Carcass Handling Seminar will take place at 2.00pm sharp in Cahir, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 6th, February 2011.

Directions to the Seminar are as follows; take the Limerick/ Cork exit from Cahir town centre; on passing Cahir Castle the first building (old mill) on the left over the bridge. We would ask that members bring along as many fresh deer carcasses as possible, including pluck in a separate container for examination.

This year’s event will include – Field Evisceration & Butchery – preparation of Cape for taxidermist – demonstration by Dept Vet on Carcass examination & disease identification  – demonstration by butcher on preparation of carcass for consumption – Venison BBQ .

The Skill and Knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to Deer-stalking, so the committee would like the support of all members for this event. Light refreshments & barbecued venison will be provided free of charge.

Schedule to follow

*Warm clothes recommended

November 3rd is European Hunters Day

October 26th 2010

Wednesday November 3rd, St. Huberts Day has been designated as " European Hunters Day ". To coincide with this there will be a "sporting game BBQ" at the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix, Co Laois from 12pm. As a member of FACE the Wild Deer Association of Ireland are asking all their members and supporters to come along to this important event.

The Laois Hunt are holding a game barbeque from 12 noon. They will be joined by a number of gun and angling clubs to make this a memorable day out. In addition, land owners and all friends of country sports will be most welcome to attend and enjoy the festivities.

The horses and hounds of the Laois Hunt will be present to celebrate the first hunt of the season. Game shooters are encouraged to bring along a hunting dog as a symbol of their traditional past time. Other hunting and country sport disciplines are invited to bring along similar suitable symbols, including birds of prey.


TV3 who are making a program on hunting scheduled to be shown in late November will be there with their leading reporter, Henry Keane doing interviews. Representatives from all forms of field-sports will be most welcome, as will their canine friends, fishing rods, birds of prey etc


It is hoped that as many as possible from the field sports community will attend
In addition to showing the flag a great day out for all is assured!! The Laois Hunt are to be commended for hosting this national event. For further details contact David Lalor at dhlalor@eircom.net

Images from the National Trophy Exhibition

September 25th 2010

 

 

Visit us at the National Ploughing Championships 2010

September 13th 2010

You can visit us at the Kildare County Council stand at the National Ploughing Championships on September 23rd in Athy, Co Kildare where we will be promoting Deer Awareness Ireland, which highlights Deer Road Traffic Accidents or Deer RTA's.

For further information on Deer Awareness Ireland click here

Additional HCAP MCQ and Range Test

September 10th 2010

Due to demand an additional Deer Alliance HCAP MCQ for 2010 will be held at 8 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday 29 September 2010 at Lynham's Hotel, Laragh, Co. Wicklow.

This will be followed (for successful candidates) by a Range Test, to be held on Saturday 9 October 2010 at Midland Rifle Range, Blue Ball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (commencing at 10 a.m.).

The full calendar of HCAP sctivities for 2010 having concluded on 28 August 2010, these additional events are being held primarily to facilitate applications already on hand from candidates previously unable to participate and now needing HCAP Certification in order to obtain Coillte Stalking Permits, in line with the policy adopted by Coillte Teoranta in 2001 and in place since 2005.

Applications for both dates will be accepted from previously failed candidates provided appications to repeat are received immediately.

In any event, the closing date for applications for both events will befirst post on Friday 17 September 2010 and under no circumstances will applications received after that date be accepted.

A list of candidates eligible for the MCQ will be posted here on or about Friday 24 September 2010, and a list of candidates eligible for the Range Test will be posted here on or about Monday 4 October 2010.

Click here for further details

Wild Boar Hunting Trip to Hungary

September 10th 2010

Departs Dublin Airport Friday 12th November, 1440 with Aer Lingus.

A coach from Ferighy airport to Ballassagyarmat.

Driven hunt will take place on Saturday and Sunday.With 3 to 4 drives a day.
Accomadation in the Hotel Gosser,Balassagyarmat.

Monday,pack and leave for Budapest.

An excellent lunch in Restaurant Kehli

Return to Dublin Monday evening.

6 places remaining overall 20 hunters, cost is 850 euro per hunter plus flights.

For further information contact Angus 086 2568628

Click here for further details on the shooting grounds

 

2nd National Trophy Exhibition

August 24th

The 2nd National Trophy Exhibition of IRISH DEER HEADS will take place on the 25th/26th September 2010 in the Brockagh centre in Laragh Co. Wicklow. The aim of the exhibition is to bring together a collection of deer heads that are representative of Irish trophies.

On display will be a large number of Red, Sika and Fallow trophies, all secured in Ireland, some old and some as recent as the 2009/2010 season.

Over the past twelve months I have been extremely fortunate to have seen firsthand some of the most magnificent trophies to have been produced in Ireland and I am pleased to say that the response to our appeal for heads has been most generous. Not only will visitors get a chance to see a large collection of trophy deer heads but there will also be an opportunity to gain some information on each one and to see that where management is exercised the quality of trophies has improved.

Many of the fine red stags that will be on display will show the development which has taken place in deer whose progenitors were imported from English parks, Windsor, Stoke and Warnham. There will also be a number of excellent examples of our indigenous red deer, C.e Scoticus or Kerry Gold!

The exhibition will include a collection of European game such as Mouflon, Roe, Muntjac and Boar. There will also be an African theme, with many of the “Plains game” on show such as; Impala, Gemsbuck, Black wildebeest, Springbok, Reedbok, Kudu and many more.

The exhibition provides a great opportunity to see some of Ireland’s finest deer heads, for as we know only too well, some of these trophies will change hands many times in the future before eventually disappearing without trace, some may surface in years to come at auctions or salvage yards as I have seen on numerous occasions.

If there is only one thing we would like hunters to take from the exhibition, it would be, through proper management there is absolutely no reason at all why we cannot produce quality deer heads anywhere in Ireland and that also applies to Fallow. Then, hopefully for many generations to come we will still be able to say, “All trophies on display have been produced from a well managed and sustainable resource”.

Over the course of the two days, deer expert, Dr. Ruth Carden will discuss the aging of deer using a large number of prepared Japanese Sika specimens.

There will also be a display of “Country Life” presented by Walter Phelan, this exhibition will concentrate more on our smaller mammals, dealing with aspects of hunting and trapping.

Joe Murphy

Hunting Trip to Austria

August 13th 2010

One of our members is offering a hunting trip to Austria with a choice of two dates, October 17th or December 19th 2010. This hunting experience in Falkenstein, Austria includes Wild Boar, Mouflon, Roe Deer and Fox. Arrive on a Saturday, depart on a Tuesday, rifle hire available, all shooting from highseats with a guide. Cost is 1,250 per person which includes accomodation and meals. For further details contact Tom on 086 252 7723 or graces@eircom.net.

Program:

Sunday

8:30:                   Meeting point is the wine cellar of the family Weber in the cellar
lane of Falkenstein. There the dispatching of
hunting guides and cross country vehicles will take place.

9:00:                   Departure to the shoot Holzried in Falkenstein.

9:30 – 12:00:       1st shoot: All mouflon, fox and wild boar shots are inclusive.

12.00 – 13:00:     Lunchtime: Sausages and all drinks are included.

13:00 – 15:30:     2nd shoot: All mouflon, fox and wild boar shots are inclusive.

15:30 – 17:00:     Presentation of the bring down game and framing with hunting
horn brass music.

17:15:                 Dinner in the wine cellar of the family Czermak in the cellar lane
of Falkenstein. (Soup, pork or duck and all drinks are
included).

Monday

10.00                           Meeting point is the wine cellar of the family Weber in the cellar
lane of Falkenstein. There the dispatching of
hunting guides and cross country vehicles will take place.

10.15                        Departure to the shoot Holzried in Falkenstein.

10.30-14.00          3st shoot: All mouflon, fox and wild boar, also wounded, shots  
are inclusive

15.00                  Presentation of the bring down game and framing with hunting    horn brass music.

Centre-fire shooting competition Rescheduled

August 12th 2010

Due to reasons beyond the control of the St Huberts Club of Ireland, the planned shoot in conjunction with the St. Huberts Club of Ireland, Wild Deer Association of Ireland, Irish Deer Society, to be held on August 21st 2010, is to be rescheduled, once we are informed of the new date we will notify all members.

Irish Game & Country Fair, Birr Castle, Co Offaly August 28 & 29th 2010

August 8th 2010

Visit our stand in the Countryside Alliance Ireland Marquee on August 28th & 29th 2010.

click here for further details http://www.irishgameandcountryfair.com/

Final Hunter Competence Assessment Programme of 2010

July 31st 2010

The next scheduled HCAP MCQ will take place on Saturday 7 August 2010 at 2.00 p.m. in Maldron Hotel (just off exit 17 on the M7 motorway) Portlaoise, Co. Laois. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 30 July 2010.

The MCQ will be preceded by preparatory workshops on August 3rd at 7.30pm-10.00pm and August 7th at 11.30am - 1.00pm, at the same venue. These workshops are available to members of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland

For successful MCQ candidates, the MCQ will be followed by a Range Test on Saturday 28 August 2010, at the Mildland Rifle Range, Co. Offaly.

This will be the  last date in 2010 for Coillte Nominated Stalkers to become HCAP-Certified. Only HCAP-Certified persons can become Nominated Stalkers on Coillte forest property

HCAP exam numbers (click here)

HCAP information & Range Target (click here)

 

John Creedon Memorial Shoot

July 21st 2010

The John Creedon Memorial Shoot in remembrance of our late Chairman John Creedon, recently took place at the An Ríocht Sooting Range, Castlemaine, Co Kerry. All proceeds from the competition went to charity, Saoirse & Liam Heffernan (son & daughter of WDAI member Tony Hefferenan) who have recently been diagnosed with Batten’s Disease, go to http://www.beeforbattens.org/ for further details.

Many thanks to the sponsors and organisers, in particular we would like to acknowledge Kevin McCarthy.

Click here for report

Click here for results

Click here for gallery

 

Ballinlough Castle Game Fair, Co Westmeath July 31st - August 1st 2010

July 15th 2010

Visit our stand in the Countryside Alliance Ireland Marquee on July 31 -August 1st 2010.

click here for further details http://www.irishcountryfair.com/

 

AGM Report 2010

June 20th 2010

The 29th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland (WDAI) took place on Saturday June 19th 2010 in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

Officers elected were Billy O’Regan President, Pat Scully Chairman, Tom O’Donnell Vice Chairman, Damien Hannigan Hon Secretary, Tom Grace Treasurer, Eddie Graef Safety Officer, Dominic O’Hea PRO in addition twenty seven committee members from all regions were elected.

Due to significant growth in the association’s membership and growing demands on resources, members were offered the opportunity to receive notices by email or by joining a new Facebook Page created for members and non members.

Member were informed 2009/10 was by far the busiest year the association had experienced, with the association representing its members on many important issues, along with hosting and taking part in numerous events since the last AGM.

 

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010

The recent threat to deer-stalking, led by the Green Parties “anti rural agenda’’ was highlighted. There has been considerable public and political controversy about the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010.   That is because it is the Bill designed to give effect to the commitment in the renegotiated Programme for Government ‘to ban stag hunting’.    Several statements and comments had been made by Minister Gormley, as well as by other members of the Green Party, that suggested that the phrase ‘to ban stag hunting’ referred only to their proposal to ban the Ward Union Staghounds in County Meath.   However, the controversy over the banning of the Ward Union Hunt must not be allowed to obscure the fact that the Bill goes much further than that single objective.

For the first time ever in law, Section 3, Subsection (2) of the Bill creates a new offence that will curb and inhibit our officially recognised and endorsed method of deer stalking.   

Section 3, Subsection 2 states, a person, including the holder of a license or permission granted under this Act, who hunts deer with two or more dogs shall be guilty of an offence.’ 

In simple terms, deer-stalkers now could be limited to only one dog to locate a fallen deer so that the animal may be dispatched humanely.  In short if a deer-stalker has more than one dog or hunts in a group with more than one dog they would now be guilty of an offence. In addition it is a requirement, of a Coillte lease that the stalker must have access to a dog or dog trained for the purpose of tracking injured deer.

In recent weeks the WDAI supported by the IDS met with senior officials from the DOE and Coillte to discuss their concerns, it quickly became apparent that no consultation had taken place with any of the deer organisations or indeed with Coillte. The WDAI also wrote to Minister Gormley and to the main political parties seeking urgent meetings with them to discuss this proposed restriction on deer stalking.  

On May 25th the WDAI were invited to address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Heritage and Local Government, chaired by Deputy Seán Fleming (Fianna Fáil). Pat Scully and Damien Hannigan attended on behalf of the WDAI to make their submission, supported bythe IDS and Deer Alliance. It is a fair representation of that meeting to say we received unanimous support from all senators and deputies in attendance.

Following the WDAI submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee, Deputy Maire Hoctor along with five other Fianna Fáil backbenchers signed a motion for the Fianna Fáil Parliamentary party meeting, "seeking an amendments to and if not, the deletion of Section 3 of the proposed bill which claimed that a hunter with two dogs or more would be liable to a serious summons while stalking wild deer".

This was followed by a statement on June 1st by Minister of State at the DOE, Michael Finneran on behalf of Minister Gormley, stating

“It was never the intention that the legislation would place any restriction on lawful deer stalking. Accordingly, the Minister is in consultation with Parliamentary Counsel on an amendment to the Bill to address the fears expressed by Wild Deer Association of Ireland and Irish Deer Society representing deer hunters that the provisions of the Bill will inadvertently affect the legitimate practice of deer stalking.    This amendment relates to Section 3 of the Bill.''

The support received from Sean Fleming TD, Maire Hoctor TD and Phil Hogan TD, Countryside Alliance Ireland, NARGC, Deer Alliance and IDS, was acknowledged. 

 

Section 42 Licences for females

There was also deep concern expressed that Minister Gormley was issuing licences to landowners under Section 42 of the Wildlife Acts, to cull female deer during the months of May - June, when female deer gave birth to fawns, if the female was shot, the fawn would be orphaned and suffer a horrendous death, which can take a number of weeks.

It was acknowledged that legitimate deer-stalkers do not request licences under Section 42, to cull female deer, rather the license they receive, may be non-specific as to what sex can be culled.

While the WDAI supports and promotes the culling of female deer as part of a proper deer management programme, to reduce deer numbers where over population exists. Culling females when a fawn is born during these months and in fact right up to August – September when the fawn is still dependent, is an inhumane practice and contrary to animal welfare or ethical deer stalking. The WDAI has written to Minister Gormley, highlighting their concerns and calling on him to immediately consult with the organisation’s representing deer hunters, on this matter.

At a national and European level the WDAI continues to be respected and acknowledged as a leading authority on wild deer and as a national representative body for deer stalkers in Ireland. This status has received further recognition with our association receiving an invitation and accepting membership of FACE Ireland and CIC International. FACE is recognised by the European Commission as the main discussion partner, representing Europe's 7 million hunters, whereas, CIC International represents hunters in over 80 countries around the world.

New initiatives and events

In the coming months the WDAI plans to launch a number of important initiatives to support legitimate deer stalkers and protect the reputation of deer-stalking. “Report a Wildlife Crime’’ will allow the reporting of wildlife crimes such as deer poaching, through the associations website www.wilddeerireland.com or by completing a questionnaire, each report will be logged and followed up by the relevant authorities.

The WDAI is also supporting an existing “Wildlife Warden’’ initiative provided by the Shannon, Mulkear District, Angling Club, which provides a voluntary “Wildlife Warden” service detecting various wildlife crimes with the support of the relevant authorities, this initiative has had many successes since its launch in 2009.

Members were informed reports of Road Traffic Accidents involving deer or “Deer RTA’s” are on the increase, as our growing motorway network impacts on existing deer habitat and the range of our deer herds expands. Were a human fatality to happen resulting from a Deer RTA, this could create a negative and alarmist impression of wild deer, with possible negative consequences for deer-stalking. Kildare Deer Watch in recent years has begun to identify, Deer RTA’s hotspots in the Kildare area, along with educating road users, road planners and County Councils on the corrective actions required to reduce Deer RTA’s. It has now been decided to extent this programme as part of a national Deer RTA awareness group called Deer Awareness Ireland, which the WDAI will play an important role.

The WDAI will also host or support a number of events during June, July & August, on June 26th a shoot in memory of former chairman; John Creedon will take place in the An Ríocht Shooting Range, Castlemaine in Co. Kerry. All are welcome and the competition is organised for all shooters including those who are not members of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland.

The WDAI will also attend the Game Fairs in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath on July 31st/August 1st, and Birr Castle, Co. Offaly on August 28th/29th - attending both events as a guest of Countryside Alliance Ireland, to whom they wish to thank for their unconditional & continued support.

All those who wish to hunt deer on Coillte property must now have the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP), to accommodate members who have not yet completed the HCAP, another HCAP exam and preparation workshop will be hosted by the WDAI on August 7th in Portlaoise.

Following the AGM, which was attended by over 90 members from all over the country, a mouth-watering venison banquette was provided by the chefs at Kilcoran Lodge.

 

In conjunction with the AGM the association’s annual trophy exhibition was held – awards were presented for Best Fallow to Eoin Corcoran, Cork- Most Unusual to John O’Sullivan, Limerick - Best Overall to Shane Mc Namara, Cork.

In memory of former Chairman John Creedon, the John Creedon Memorial Award for Wildlife Photography sponsored by Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI) was presented, the competition was judged by award winning and renowned Wildlife Photographer Mark Combes, with Vincent Flannelly from CAI presenting the first prize to Tony Tang, Wexford, who captured a fantastic image while on a Safari trip in the Masai Mara, Kenya.

This was followed by a member’s draw for a hunting trip to South Africa, kindly sponsored by Mayogi Safaris, Eastern Cape, South Africa www.mayogi-safaris.co.za  with all proceeds going to the Bee for Battens Foundation www.beeforbattens.org. Pat Scully, Laois was the lucky winner.

There were also a number of exhibitors and a display of African game species for members to view.

All those who contributed to the associations growing success were acknowledged and thanked.

Shooting Competition in Memory of John Creedon

June 19th 2010

The John Creedon Memorial Shoot has been launched as an annual competition in remembrance of John. All proceeds from the competition will go to charity. This year’s proceeds will go to Saoirse & Liam Heffernan who have recently been diagnosed with Batten’s Disease. go to http://www.beeforbattens.org/ for further details.

The competition this year will take place in the An Ríocht Sooting Range, Castlemaine in Co. Kerry on June 26th. All are welcome and the competition is organised for all shooters including those who are not members of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland.

The competition will be open to all calibres and standards, for further details go to http://www.jcreedon.info

We would call on all members to support this worthy event

Annual General Meeting 2010

May 12th 2010

The 29th Annual General Meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will be held on Saturday June 19th 2010 at 7.30pm in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary (1 mile from exit 11 on the M8 Cork to Dublin motorway) you can contact the hotel on 052 7441288 if you require accommodation in the hotel or their new woodland lodges - be sure to mention the Wild Deer Association when making your booking to get a discounted rate.

Following the A.G.M. a Venison Buffet will be provided with spouses/partners welcome.

In memory of our late Chairman John ''Johnny'' Creedon who sadly passed away on January 15th 2010, Countryside Alliance Ireland have kindly sponsored the John Creedon Memorial Trophy. Johnny's love for deer stalking was only matched by his passion for wildlife photography so the committee see it fitting that this award recognises the best in wildlife photography.

In conjunction with the A.G.M. our annual competition will be held for best trophy heads. Categories - 1. Best Fallow head 2. Most unusual 3. Best Overall. Note: Heads must have been shot within the previous 12 months.

Membership for the coming year is due following the AGM and can be paid on the night, along with any outstanding membership, if you are unable to attend please forward to PO Box 31, Midleton, Co. Cork. Ordinary membership is 20 euros, Family 25 euros, for the first time we are offering Lifetime membership - Ordinary 200 euros, Family 250 euros.

We are pleased to confirm a member's draw will take place for those present on the night , prizes will include a hunting trip to the Eastern Cape, South Africa (terms & conditions apply) kindly sponsored by Mayogi Safari, all proceeds will go to the Bee for Battens Charity go to http://www.beeforbattens.org for further details.

Shooting Competition in Memory of John Creedon

May 12th 2010

The John Creedon Memorial Shoot has been launched as an annual competition in remembrance of John. All proceeds from the competition will go to charity. This year’s proceeds will go to Saoirse & Liam Heffernan who have recently been diagnosed with Batten’s Disease. go to http://www.beeforbattens.org/ for further details.

The competition this year will take place in the An Ríocht Sooting Range, Castlemaine in Co. Kerry over the weekend of June 26/27th. All are welcome and the competition is organised for all shooters including those who are not members of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland.

The competition will be open to all calibres and standards, for further details go to http://www.jcreedon.info

We would call on all members to support this worthy event

WDAI host two International Speakers

March 23rd 2010

Correction to members notice for this event - notices received from today may contain a slip stating membership is outstanding, this is incorrect and should be ignored. If you received a notice for this event and there is no additional slip enclosed this means your membership is outstanding - please inform any WDAI member that you know in your area.

On Saturday April 3rd 2010 @ 7pm in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary we will host two international speakers who will present on deer related subjects.

Arno Dorfling owner of Mayogi Safaris, Eastern Cape, South Africa which is located in one of the best hunting areas in the Eastern Cape covering an area in excess of 25,000 acres will give a presentation about the hunting methods and quarry in the Eastern Cape. Further details about Mayogi Safaris can seen at www.mayogi-safaris.co.za

Dr Jaimie Dick, Queens University Belfast and Glasgow University brings his ‘’Muntjac Roadshow’’ to Cahir which highlights the increasing population of Muntjac deer in Ireland and the issues such invasive species cause for our native habitat. For further details go to www.invasivespeciesireland.com

Chinese muntjac deer have significant ecological and economic impacts in Great Britain and, disturbingly, are now found in captivity and in the wild throughout Ireland. Dr Jamie Dick presents his 'muntjac roadshow', which deals with muntjac identification, life-cycle, behaviour, ecology and impacts on animals, plants and humans. It will also detail collation of evidence of muntjac in captivity and free-living throughout Ireland. Methods of eradication and control are explored, much from personal experiences stalking muntjac in England. The roadshow is a combination of slides, mounted specimens, skulls, casts of footprints, recordings of their calls and other interactive material.

 

WDAI hold HCAP Worshop and MCQ Exam

February 27th

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland will host a Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) MCQ exam at 2pm on Saturday March 27th 2010 in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary.

In advance of the exam the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will host a workshop to help those sitting the exam prepare, these workshops have a proven track record in supporting candidates pass the MCQ and achieve higher results. The workshop will take place on Tuesday March 23rd @ 7pm in the same location as the exam with a final overview at 11.30am on March 27th prior to the exam

The oral safety test & range test will take place on Saturday April 24th at the Midland Rifle Range, Co. Offaly (for those candidates who pass the MCQ exam) or must be completed within 6 months of successfully passing the written MCQ exam.

 

Hungary 2010 the inside story and images

February 17th 2010

For the inside story click here

10th Annual Carcass Handling Seminar

February 3rd 2010

Our 10th annual Carcass Handling Seminar will take place at 2.00pm sharp in Cahir, Co. Tipperary on Sunday 7th, February 2010.

Directions to the Seminar are as follows; take the Limerick/ Cork exit from Cahir town centre; on passing Cahir Castle the first building (old mill) on the left over the bridge. We would ask that members bring along as many fresh deer carcasses as possible, including pluck in a separate container for examination.

This year’s event will include – Field Evisceration & Butchery – preparation of Cape for taxidermist – demonstration by Dept Vet on Carcass examination & disease identification  – demonstration by butcher on preparation of carcass for consumption – Venison BBQ – Trophy head measuring – we hope to have a demonstration on smoking venison. We are pleased to confirm that all those members who attend will have the opportunity to enter a draw courtesy of Dominic O'Hea and Mayogi Safaris who are based in Eastern Cape, South Africa (www.mayogi-safaris.co.za) providing a great hunting experience and an unforgettable time! Dominic will have all the details about Mayogi on the day. (terms and conditions apply and tickets available on the day)

The Skill and Knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to Deer-stalking, so the committee would like the support of all members for this event. Light refreshments & barbecued venison will be provided free of charge.

We are planning a number of workshops during March for those planning to sit the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) with a view to completing the HCAP Multiple Choice Exam in March/ April. The workshop & exam will be subject to a minimum of 30 members taking part, if you are interested or know someone who is interested in taking part please confirm by February 8th by contacting us on 087 2496987 or e-mail wilddeerireland@eircom.net .These workshops have been a great success todate for those wishing to complete the HCAP.

Schedule 

2.00pm – Commercial Carcass Preparation – John Buckley, Game Butcher

2.30pm – Field evisceration and field butchery – Pat Scully, Deer Stalker

3.00pm – Disease identification and general health – John Murray, Dept. of Agriculture

3.30pm – Venison Smoking - Philip Derhart, Ballymaloe

3.50pm – Trophy Measuring – Irish Trophy Commission

4.10pm – Cape Preparation – Kurt Ecker, Taxidermist

4.30pm – Members draw for a hunting trip to South Africa

*Venison BBQ and light refreshments served

*Warm clothes recommended

Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Workshop & MCQ exam

January 17th 2010

Following the success of our HCAP workshops to date we will host another HCAP workshop and MCQ exam during March to register for your place contact us on 00353 87 2496987 or email wilddeerireland@eircom.net or info@wilddeerireland.com - write to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co. Cork before February 8th 2010.

Remember to be a nominated stalker or lease-holder on a Coillte deer lease you must now have completed the HCAP, not to mention the obvious benefits to your stalking and knowledge of deer stalking

Wild Deer Association of Ireland members Wild Boar Driven Shoot in Hungary

October 30th 2009

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland plans to run a second Wild Boar Driven shoot in Hungary on January 22nd 2010. The trip will be over 4 days with places limited, for further details contact Dominic O'Hea 086 8120442 or Damien Hannigan 087 2496987.

Bruce Banwell DVD now available

October 18th 2009

Following the address by world renowned deer author & expert Bruce Banwell to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, a DVD has now been produced of Bruce's talk.

If you would like a copy please forward a postal order or cheque for €15 made payable to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland to PO Box 31, Midleton, Co. Cork

Bruce Banwell speaks to the WDAI members

August 31st 2009

World renowned deer expert & author Bruce Banwell from New Zealand spoke to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland members on Friday August 21 st at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. There was a large attendance to hear Bruce speak on a wide range of topics relating to deer & Bruce's experiences while travelling the world.

Read more about Bruce Banwell

L-R Pat Scully  Chairman WDAI, Bruce Banwell world renowned author & deer expert, Damien Hannigan Hon Sec WDAISome of the large attendance to hear Bruce Banwell speak

 

Birr Castle Game Fair 2009

August 24th 2009

The 2009 Irish Game & Country Fair took place on Saturday & Sunday August 22nd - 23rd in Birr Castle Co. Offaly. This event continues to grow year on year with an action packed weekend of events & attractions. While Sunday was somewhat of a 'mud fest' it didn't dampen the spirits of the thousands who attended.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland where guests of Countryside Alliance Ireland who we would like to express our thanks too Lyall & his team for there continued generosity & support.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland recently expanded its game fair exhibition by investing in new display units for use at such events as Birr Castle, which includes fanstic images kindly donated by members John Delea & John Creedon to whom we are truly grateful.

While the WDAI stand was extremely busy throughout the weekend with queries of all matters deer related the star attraction was Ger Halligan's 257 CIC points Red Stag which received a lot of positive attention.

Lyall Plant Countryside Alliance Ireland with WDAI Members The Wild Deer Assoc of Ireland Stand

 

WDAI Shoot 2009

August 23rd 2009

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland annual shoot took place on Sunday August 16 th 2009 at the Kingdom Riocht Rifle & Pistol Club, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry.

The competition was open to all standard sporting rifles & the theme was of a sporting nature over 100 yards (prone un-rested) 200 (prone sand bags) & 300 (prone bi-pods) with 5 shots at each target.

After an enjoyable day in testing conditions & a high standard of shooting the winners following a count back for 2 nd & 3rd were – 1st John Clooney, Laois with132 points out of a maximum 150 – 2 nd Jonathan Murphy, Cork with 125 points – 3 rd Dan Quinlan, Tipperary 125 points – 4 th Kevin McCarthy, Clare 112 points.

© 2009 John Delea 087 2023203 all images - further 10 x 8 images available @ €12 (unframed)

Dan Quinlan ejects a bullet caseSome of the competitors from the WDAI 2009 shootFiring detail at the ready!

 

Bruce Banwell addresses the WDAI

August 7th 2009

We are pleased to confirm world renowned deer expert & author Bruce Banwell from New Zealand will speak to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland members on Friday August 21 st at 7.30pm in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet this iconic figure so make sure to attend. The National Parks & Wildlife Service will also make a presentation on ongoing deer related matters & there will some guidance on the new firearms licencing application.

Read more about Bruce Banwell

Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) Workshop & MCQ exam

July 19th 2009

Following the success of our HCAP workshops & MCQ exam on April 25th there have been numerous requests to host another HCAP workshop the MCQ exam this will take place on Saturday August 22nd in Cahir, Co. Tipperary @ 2pm workshops for members will take place @ 1oam prior to the exam - most places are already taken so if you are interested please contact us on 00353 87 2496987 or wilddeerireland@eircom.net or info@wilddeerireland.com as soon as posibble.

Remember to be a nominated stalker or lease-holder on a Coillte deer lease you must have completed the HCAP on or before January 1st 2010.

The HCAP Range Test for successful candidates will take place on Saturday September 26th at the Midland Rifle Range, Co. Offaly.

For further details or previous results click here

Association Annual Shoot

June 23rd 2009

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland annual shoot will take place at the Riocht Gun Range, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry at 11am on Sunday August 16th 2009. This event is open to all members who will receive further information closer to the event date.

28th Annual General Meeting the biggest & best yet!

June 14th 2009

The 28 th annual general meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland took place on June 13 th at the Kilcoran Lodge, Cahir, Co. Tipperary with this year's event been the biggest to date.

The membership where informed the association has just had the best year in terms of membership with 68 new members joining from all regions of the country including Northern Ireland & that the associations web site www.wilddeerireland.com now attracts an average of 1,000 visitors per day from all over the world.

The association's head competition was won by Gerard Halligan, Clairemorris, Co. Mayo with his record breaking Red Stag (pictured on this web site), best Fallow was won by John Clooney & most unusual Paul Fletcher.

Overall the quality of heads on display was exceptional this year including an unusual Hog Deer & Pier David Deer displayed by Joe Murphy, Naas, Co. Kildare & the first Wild Boar taken in the wild in Ireland by Jim O'Keefe, Tipperary along with an amazing display of African Trophy heads.

The main prize in our members draw a Wild Boar weekend in Hungary was won by Michael Corbett, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary – congratulations to Michael who will be jetting off to Hungary in the coming months.

Award winning knife maker Pat Mulcahy & Kurt Ecker taxidermist had excellent displays of their crafts for members to view.

The meeting was followed by a fantastic venison banquet prepared by the chefs of the Kilcoran Lodge.

Ger Halligan with his 262 CIC points Wild Red StagWDAI Members in Hungary

 

June 13th 2009

WDAI AGM

The 28 th Annual General Meeting of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland will be held on Saturday June 13th 2009 at 7.30pm sharp in the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary you can also contact the hotel or lodges on 052 41288 if you require accommodation.

Following the A.G.M. a Venison Buffet will be provided .

In conjunction with the A.G.M. our annual competition will be held for best Trophy Heads.

Categories - 1. Best Fallow head 2. Most unusual 3. Best Overall. Note: Heads must have been shot within the previous 12 months. Heads shot in excess of 12 months can be exhibited but will not be included in the competition; these heads must be identified to the judges in advance.

Membership for the coming year is due following the AGM and can be paid on the night, along with any outstanding membership (€20), if you are unable to attend please forward your membership fee to Wild Deer Association of Ireland, PO Box 31, Midleton, Co. Cork.

We are pleased to confirm a member's draw will take place for those present on the night, prizes include a Driven Wild Boar weekend at Nagyvad Hunting in Hungary visit www.nagyvadhunting.hu (terms & conditions apply) there will also be display of African game species.

April 25th 2009 -

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland hosted the largest Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) exam to date at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperay on April 25th 2009 - with the deadline (January 2010) fast approaching for the HCAP to be a requisite of holding a Coillte Teo. deer lease over 67 candidates sat the exam. Candidates can expect exam results with in 10 - 15 working days of the exam.


April 7th & 8th 2009

8pm each night at the Kilcoran Lodge Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperay - the WDAOI will hold it's annual Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) workshop. the WDAOI will host a HCAP MCQ in the same venue on April 25th.


February 1st 2009

2pm Cahir, Co. Tipperay - the WDAOI will hold it's annual Carcass Handling Seminar - this years seminar covered, a presentation from a Dept of Agriculture vet - John Murray on disease identification, a demostration on carcass preparation by John Buckley , cape preparation by well known taxidermist Kurt Ecker, evisceration of a fresh deer carcass, venison BBQ.

February 2009

2pm Cahir, Co. Tipperay - the WDAOI will hold it's annual Carcass Handling Seminar - this years seminar covered, a presentation from a Dept of Agriculture vet - John Murray on disease identification, a demostration on carcass preparation by John Buckley , cape preparation by well known taxidermist Kurt Ecker, evisceration of a fresh deer carcass, venison BBQ.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland supported by Coillte Teoranta, the National Parks & Wildlife Service, the British Deer Society, Deer Alliance and Countryside Alliance Ireland have launched a campaign highlighting the message that "The unauthorised taking of deer (poaching) is illegal & dangerous!". According to the WDAI, poaching has reached epidemic levels in some areas through shooting at night with spotlights (lamping), shooting outside the designated hunting seasons, snaring or trapping and in some case coursing deer with dogs. WDAI have introduced their campaign with a dramatic and eye-catching poster which illustrates their point very strongly and which sets out advice to anyone coming across a possible poaching incident.

In a statement launching their campaign, WDAI say that while the word "poaching" has been for many generations associated with the illegal taking of pheasant or salmon, in terms of deer it can mean unnecessary injury or suffering to the animal, or even worse, death or injury to a person, as this illegal and dangerous activity usually involves the incorrect use of firearms, used in unsafe conditions, with little regard for the safety of others.

According to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, poaching of deer has been on the increase in Ireland in recent years and the Association, through its nationwide membership and with the support of other organisations, aims to raise awareness and to inform members of the public of what should be done if a suspected illegal or unauthorised taking of deer is encountered.

"Deer must be culled but only under controlled conditions, to restrict damage to forestry and farmland where over-population occurs. Culling should always be carried out by a certified deerstalker such as persons certified under the Deer Alliance Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP), which promotes high standards and best practice, with adequate insurance cover such as that provided by Countryside Alliance Ireland".

"It is recommended where you suspect illegal hunting or taking of deer, that you contact your local Garda station or National Parks & Wild Life Service office, taking note of all relevant details such as location, date, time, vehicle registration and other details - but never approach!"

Events & Seminars 07/08

September 2008-

What is now an annual trip a group of 11 WDAOI members travelled to South Africa for an enjoyable weeks hunting at Mayogi Hunting.

August 2008-

Pat Scully wins the WDAOI annual centre fire shoot on Sunday August 24th at the Midland Rifle Range, Blueball, Co. Offaly with a fantastic score of 137 out of a maximum 150 following a count back with Jonathon Murphy who also scored 137, in third place was John Clooney with a score of 121. The standard of shooting continues to improve year on year with seven competitors scoring over 100. The competition was testing with 5 shots each 1. at a fox target at 100 yards un-rested 2.deer target at 200 yards prone 3. grouping target at 300 yards rested. Many thanks to our prize sponsors Kevin Murphy of Mid West Sporting Supplies, Newmarket-on-Fergus & Dominic O'Hea, Kinsale.

Pat Scully is elected the new chairman of the WDAOI June 28th 2008 Pat is the current WDAOI representative on the Deer Alliance committee, which oversees the running of the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP), Pat also acts as range officer at the HCAP range tests having a wealth of experience at national & international level in this area. Pat's election topped off what many would say was the associations best & largest ever annual general meeting, which included a very successful members draw with the top prize a .308 sporting rifle sponsored by Sean Harding of Stakelums Firearms, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny been won by the outgoing & very popular chairman John Creedon who has just completed his three year tenure as association chairman.

We would like to wish Pat the very best in his new role & look forward to working with Pat to further develop & grow the association with the support of its officers & members.

The association's trophy head competition was won by Paul Hogan (overall - Red Stag), Pat Scully (best Fallow) & Barry Raymond (most unusual) this competition has been running for 27 years & this year's entry saw a very high standard of trophy heads from all areas of the country. The evening concluded with a mouth watering venison banquette prepared by the chefs of the beautiful Kilcoran Lodge.

August 30th &31st 2008

Irish Game & Country Fair,Birr Castle, Birr, Co Offaly (visit our stand)

July 24th -27th 2008

Members trip to the CLA Game Fair UK -we will be running a coach to the CLA game fair in Blenheim Palace UK on July 24th & returning on July 27th the cost is €480 per person, which includes all travel, entry to the fair, 3 nights accommodation, dinner & breakfast. There are only a limited number of places available, Dominic or Teresa O'hea can be contacted on 086 8120442 or 021 486 2361 for further details.

June 28th 2008

WDAOI AGM Kilcoran Lodge, Kilcoran, Co. Tipperary @ 8pm, the night will include Trophy Head Competition, a number of suprise attractions, members draw, followed by a wild venison banquette. Members draw will include a .308 Savage sporting rifle & a deer stalking weekend. (terms & conditions - open to all paid members in attendance - the winner must satisfy the required firearms licensing requirements & hold a valid deer stalking permit - no cash alternatives - WDAOI does not accept any liability or provide any warranty in providing these prizes.

June 21st & 22nd 2008

Irish Game Fair & Country Lifestyle FestivalShanes Castle, Antrim visit us at the Countryside Alliance Ireland stand & British Deer Society stand, the WDAOI would like to thank CAI for there support & generosity in this event.

April 4th 2008

Film on the Phoenix Park Fallow Deer -A short film made by John Creedon on fallow deer in the Phoenix park will be shown in the Cahir House Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary @ 8pm.

April 4th 2008

Hunting in Africa presentation & African trophy head display - On Friday April 4 th @ 8pmat the Cahir House Hotel Mayogi Hunting from South Africa will be giving a presentation on hunting in Africa, the night will also include a display of African trophy heads.

April 12th & 26th 2008

HCAP MCQ (sponsored by WDAOI) & Range Test–will take place on Saturday April 12th at 2pm in the Cahir House Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary at 2pm, this is the largest HCAP held todate with over 70 liable to sit the exam.

March 26 & 27th 2008

HCAP Workshops -For those who have registered to sit the HCAP exam or wish to do so we will be running workshops on Wednesday & Thursday March 26 & 27 th @ 8pm sharp in the Cahir House Hotel, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. If you have not already registered to sit the exam & paid your fee (€100 or €50 if you are repeating) the latest you can do so is on the night, you will also need to have your HCAP manual with you on each of the nights. We would strongly advise attending these sessions in advance of the exam.

Feb 9th 2008

Carcass Handling Seminar –Carcass Handling Seminar in conjunction with the department of agriculture, also includes, disease identification, field butchery, preparation for taxidermist, field evisceration, venison BBQ . The Wild Deer Association of Ireland recently held it's annual carcass handling seminar with over 80 members attending this event it is amongst the most popular event the WDAOI organises for it's members & fellow deer stalkers/managers. The skill and knowledge of Carcass Handling is something that we all require new or old to deer-stalking, so this years event included all facets of carcass handling with demonstrations from – John Murray Department of Agriculture on disease identification such as Liver Fluke & TB in wild deer – Pat Scully Deer-Stalker on evisceration & field butchery – John Buckley Game Butcher on carcass preparation & butchery – Kurt Ecker Taxidermist on cape preparation – also the attendees where treated to a delicious venison BBQ. A DVD of the seminar is now available at a cost of €10 plus p&p €5 email info@wilddeerireland.com for further details.

Feb 5th 2006 -

2pm Cahir, Co. Tipperay - the WDAOI held it's annual Carcass Handling Seminar - this years seminar covered, a presentation from a Dept of Agriculture vet. on disease identification, a demostration on carcass preparation, Evisceration of a fresh deer carcass, venison BBQ.

Previous Events (2004 / 2005)

Nov 17th 2005

Poland Trip–A group of WADAOI members travelled to Northern Poland for a 5 day Wild Boar driven shoot.

Jan 16th 2005

WDAOI will hold a Carcass Handling Seminar –on January 16th @ 2.00pm in Cahir Co. Tipperary a Dept of Agriculture Vet & Game Butcher will be in attendance.

Feb 7th 2005

A presentation on hunting in Africa –will take place on February 7th in Cahir Co. Tipperary hosted by two professional hunters from Africa, followed by a film on a recent African hunting trip by a number of members, presented by John Creedon.

May 30th 2004

WDAOI shoot -The WDAOI shoot will take place on Sunday May 30th at the Midland Rifle range starting at 10am.

Jun 7th 2004

WDAOI - National Country –The WDAOI will take part in the National Country at Emo Court, Co. Laois on Sunday June 6th & Monday June 7th. We would ask all members to support this event.10am.

Jun 26th 2004

WDAOI AGMThe WDAOI AGM will take place on Saturday June 26th in Cahir Co. Tipperary.

Day out image


Jul 22nd 2004

CLA Game FairOver 40 WDAOI members will travel to the CLA game fair on July 22nd.

Previous Events (2002 / 2003)

January 2002 -This is an annual event the Association holds, were a Senior Department of Agriculture Vet gives a talk to the members on different diseases and illnesses deer can suffer from, such as, Liver Fluke and TB. Carcasses are brought along to the seminar with members shown were to find and identify illnesses and diseases. Also a butcher gives a demonstration on how to butcher and handle a carcass.

Association Shoot

March 2002 –A rifle shoot ws held at the Midland Riffle Range, Co. Offaly. This event is held twice each year, which involved shooting over a number of disciplines, at Deer and Fox silhouette, at distances from 100 yards to 300 yards. Where safety and good shooting practices been the priority at all times.

Deer Damage

July 2002 -Barry Coad from Coillte Teo. (Semi-state forestry organization) spoke to the membership on the increasing problems deer are causing to our commercial forestry. Which clearly highlighted the effects poor deer management can have on forestry.

Wild Life Photography

July 2002 -John Creedon & Mark Coombes both experienced Wildlife and Landscape photographers gave an excellent slide show on our native wildlife and landscapes. (Examples of this can be seen through out this Web Site, with the kind promotion of John &Mark)

Association Shoot -

August 2002 –The Association held its second shoot at the Midland Rifle Range, Co. Offlaly. This event forms part of Association's National Safety Course, with completed targets vetted by a member of the Garda Training College, Templemore, Co. Offaly.


Best Buck/ Stag Competition

August 2002–This forms part of the Association's Annual General Meeting, were members can bring along Buck/ Stag heads culled the previous season to be viewed by other members or judged best head in the following categories: Best Fallow - Best Overall Breed - Most Unusual.

Trip to the National Park, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

October 2002 –Peter O Toole, Park Ranger, Duchas very kindly took the membership on a walk through the main deer range to observe the Red Stag Rut, following an excellent talk on the Park's Red Deer and examples of Red Deer antlers. Members of the Kerry Deer Society also joined us on our walk.

Future Events for 2003

The Association is planning a trip to the Wicklow Mountains National Park, in late May where Barry Coad, Coillte Teo. will show examples of the deer damage been caused in Wicklow and the efforts been made to control the large deer population there.


To find out more about these and future events, you can contact:

D. Hannigan, Hon. Secretary +353 (0)87 2496987 or P. Scully +353 (0)86 8381244

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