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CHAIRMANS REPORT

Ger O’Brien
Chairman of the Wild Deer Association of Ireland.


Dear members as you know by now our AGM has been cancelled along with the many other events that we had planned our annual rut walk in Killarney on October 10th has met the same faith. We had a very successful year in 2019 with a lot of events from Dog tracking,
carcass handling, butchery, a free day of testing and shooting the latest equipment from Blaser and other leading manufacturers, our annual shoot with the usual free barbecue I want to give a special thanks to our events coordinator  David Dunne who organised
most of these events I want to thank all the committee for their work on your behalf with a special mention also for our secretary Barry Redmond who is on top of everything . as you are all well aware the issuing of Deer hunting licenses has been a disaster this
year the present system is not fit for purpose we have been in contact with the relevant ministers office to discuss a review of the licensing system before this meeting takes place we want input from our members so we can represent your needs sum of the proposals
we have already are a 3 year license, online applications and cull return’s, a break in the tie between land and license, all sensible ideas are welcome remember the Facebook page ( Wild Deer Ireland) has nothing to do with us to contact us on Facebook use
wild Deer Association of Ireland or our website www.wdai.ie Our 2020 membership is free for anyone that was payed up in 2019 we have a free draw for for members for Red Deer stalking in Scotland, Fallow in Ireland and lots more check website for details membership
is 20 euro get in before the draw. We will be launching our anti poaching campaign shortly again input for this is appreciated. That’s all for me for now I hope you all stay safe and healthy.
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WE REGRET TO INFORM OUR MEMBERS THAT THIS YEARS ANNUAL RUT WALK IS NOW CANCELD DUE TO THE RISING NUMBERS IN CASES RELATING TO COVID-19

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Hello members 
We have some very exciting news to share with you all. We have been gifted two Deer stalking packages, one for a shoot in Ireland on Fallow deer donated by Larry Ryan and the second for a red deer stalk in the highlands of Scotland in 2021 by Celtic Fieldsports donated by David Moore. On top of that this year David Dunne has kindly donated a one on one butchery lesson and with the deer carcass to be taken home. This is a paid up members raffle only, to be included in the draw you can join via our website link, new members are always welcomed. Please look to the facebook page and website for further updates on this exciting draw.

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The following Email was received by our secretary whom wrote to the NPWS on the issue of the delay in issuing deer hunting licenses for the up coming deer hunting season from the NPWS in refrence to the deer hunting licences for the 2020/21 season  

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We are processing deer hunting applications and license’s are currently being issued to applicants.  It is our intention to issue as many license’s as possible before 1 September.   However, there will some delays in the issuing of license’s given current working arrangements due to Covid-19 and not all applicants who have submitted applications will receive their license’s by 1st September.

I appreciate that your members are anxious to start hunting next month and we are doing everything possible to expedite the issuing of license’s. I note your suggestion that applicants who have submitted applications but not received license’s should receive a waiver until the end of September.   Unfortunately, the provisions in the Wildlife Acts do not allow for the extension of deer hunting license’s.

As you are probably aware we have published a notice on the NPWS website on this situation.

Regards

Gerry

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As next week Tuesday the 1st of September will be the start of Deer hunting  season, the executive committee wishes every hunter a safe and successful day out. Just to point out do not take a chance and go hunting without a valid license for 2020 / 2021. Safety must be made a priority on the day, the golden rules still apply.
Always keep the barrel pointed in a safe direction, firearms should be unloaded when not in use. Do not rely on your gun safety, treat it as if its ready to shoot. Be sure of your target and what lays beyond . Treat a misfire as though the gun could go off at any moment. Keep your finger out of the trigger guard until ready to shoot. Tell someone where your going and when you plan to return home.Dress for the weather.Carry a torch whilst returning back after dark. Most importantly have respect for your quarry, ensure a clean kill.

best of luck and stay safe from all committee members