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ROI Control of Certain Wild Bird Species – Consultation on 2020-2021 Derogations

The current declarations by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht allowing for the control of certain wild bird species are due to expire on 30 April 2020.   These declarations are made by the Minister in exercising the powers conferred on her by Section 3 of the European Communities…

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Book review – The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques 

Book review – The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques                                       Looking for a stocking filler this Christmas then look no further than The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques. the following review was kindly written by Darren Walker.…

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Advanced Marksmanship Course

The Irish Deer Commission will deliver an Advanced Marksmanship Course, for its members on Saturday, November 30th, 2019 at An Riocht Rifle and Pistol Range, Co Kerry. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. The course will be delivered by renowned Professional Scottish Deer Manager and Shooting Instructor,…

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European hunters demand “higher environmental ambition” in the next CAP

EU Agriculture Council ministers met recently in Brussels to discuss the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2020. For FACE, the CAP is a crucial support mechanism for agriculture and rural areas in Europe. However, the current CAP has a significant negative impact on the environment, biodiversity and…

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AFBI Deer Survey starts today

You will most likely be aware of the current bTB epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland. The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the…

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Deer bTB Survey can you help?

You will most likely be aware of the current bTB epidemic in cattle in Northern Ireland. The eradication programme for bTB costs and estimated £40 million per year, with an average of 1000 cattle culled each month. But despite these large-scale eradication efforts, bTB remains a huge problem for the…

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Brexit – Travelling with Firearms

In the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a ratified withdrawal agreement, there will be some implications in relation to Ireland and licenced firearms. Material on this topic is available on the website of the Department of Justice and Equality http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/Brexit_-_Firearms_and_Explosives. Given the United Kingdom’s intention…

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Rural groups look to secure the future of shooting: Joint letter to the Times on lead ammunition.

Whilst many would not fundamentally disagree with the conclusions of Thunderer ‘Shooters must give up lead shot for environment’s sake’, the errors and omissions in Jawad Iqbal’s column are worrying. The author seems unaware that the use of lead shot for the shooting of wildfowl and over many wetlands has…

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WDAI Rutt Walk October 12th

Our Annual Rut walk will take place on October 12th this is a huge social event where like minded people with an interest in deer can witness something spectacular that has been taken place for 1,000’s of years in Killarney National Park we will have speakers from NPW in attendance…

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PROPOSAL TO RESTRICT LEAD IN ALL AMMUNITION REQUESTED BY EUROPEAN COMMISSION

The European Commission (EC) has requested the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to prepare a restriction proposal addressing the risk to wildlife and humans (via the consumption of game meat) from lead in all ammunition (shot and bullets) including target shooting. Lead in fishing weights is also included in the request. The EC’s…

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