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HUNTING

Working for the future of hunting.

Our relentless campaigning has guaranteed that we continue to enjoy our rural activity. We continue to work tirelessly to protect your sport and we use our resources wisely.
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SHOOTING

Promoting and defending shooting for future generations

We are part of an award-winning organisation that uses its political, PR and campaigning skills to get the very best results for everyone who enjoys shooting. We’re taking shooting seriously – are you?
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Angling

Working together for the future of Angling

We work in partnership with the Ulster Angling Federation and other Angling organisations to campaign for anglers rights and conservation of wild salmonid stocks. We seek fair access to angling waters for the local Angler. Together we are a strong voice for the conservation of salmon both nationally and internationally
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Operation Wild Deer – PSNI and partners embark on an initiative to combat deer poaching

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

An initiative to tackle the issue of deer poaching has been running in the Clough Valley area. Following concerns from members of the public, local PSNI officers have raised the profile of the Operation Wild Deer initiative to help address the issues in this area.
 
Representatives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), including the Wildlife Liaison Officer, firearms branch and local police joined forces with Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI), British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), the British Deer Society (BDS), Environmental Health, Forest Service NI, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), Scottish Association for Country Sports (SACS), and Crimestoppers.
 
These organisations continue to work together to combat illegal and on-going deer poaching issues and to ensure illegal meat is not sold into the food industry under the umbrella term Operation Wild Deer.

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HCAP SCHEDULE SPRING 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

The first HCAP MCQ of 2017 will take place at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday 11th March 2017 and will be preceded by an optional Training Workshop running from 10.00 to 3.30 p.m. The Workshop carries an additional cost of €50.00 payable on the day.

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Poultry

Guidance on Avian Influenza for Hunters

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Introduction
Hunting associations and wildlife authorities should be aware that H5N8 and other avian influenza viruses might be present in waterfowl hunted during the migratory season. No human cases of the avian influenza H5N8 subtype currently circulating, or other viruses of this subtype, have been reported.
 
However hunters are potentially at risk of infection from influenza viruses and other avian pathogens (e.g. salmonella, chlamydia). There is no evidence that properly cooked waterfowl (or domestic poultry) can cause illness in people. Hunting, handling and dressing of shot waterfowl carries the risk of spreading avian influenza viruses to susceptible poultry.
 
Surveillance of wild waterfowl is an important function that hunters can perform to assist the Department of Agriculture in avian influenza controls.

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