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Welcome to the Wild Deer Association of Ireland online! An independent, national organisation for deer management and conservation.


Since its establishment in 1981 the Wild Deer Association of Ireland has grown to become the largest organisation of its kind in Ireland, representing those involved  in deer management, deer stalking and people with an interest in the conservation and well-being of Ireland's wild deer herds.

The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is recognised as the leading authority on wild deer in Ireland holding events throughout the year with the aim to develop the knowledge and skills of our members and the general public. We host numerous events, seminars and international deer experts on issues relating to deer and deer management. The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is one of the founder members of Deer Alliance the assessment committee set up to oversee the Hunter Competence Assessment Programme (HCAP) which provides a first step to developing the knowledge and competence of deer managers and deer stalkers by providing a recognised qualification.


We are also a member of FACE which is recognised by the European Commission as the main discussion partner, representing Europe's 7 million hunters, and is consulted by the relevant Directorate-General during the elaboration and monitoring of EU legislation dealing with hunting, wildlife management, nature conservation, firearms, wild animal health, game meat hygiene, etc.


In 2009 following consultations between the IFA, IDS, and the Wild Deer Association of Ireland, a Deer Management Programme was made available to advise and assist landowners on the management of deer, while maintaining the herd in a safe and sustainable environment.

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New Membership Applications


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New! You can join or renew online just click HERE

Or post cash/ cheque/ postal order payable to the 'Wild Deer Association of Ireland' to the value of your chosen membership type and forward to:

Wild Deer Association of Ireland,
PO Box 31, Midleton, Co. Cork.

Application forms downloaded here:

Word Documentation Download individual membership application form (13.0 KB Word .doc file)

Word Documentation Download Group/Club membership application form (13.0 KB Word .doc file)

Ordinary - €25

Family - €30

Junior-€20

Lifetime- €250

Lifetime Family - €300


View our membership page here

For further information contact: wilddeerireland@gmail.com

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