Helicopter Net-Gun/Dart Gun Capture

Quicksilver Air has specialized in wildlife capture for research, disease testing and translocation since the early 1990ʼs. Rick Swisher is the primary capture pilot for Quicksilver Air and has over 10,000 hrs of accident-free capture experience coupled with more than 18,000 hours of remote flying experience. Along with Rick other Quicksilver pilots have many thousands of hours of accident-free flight time and capture experience. AMD/OAS has also used Quicksilver Airʼs experience as a training platform for ACETA (aerial capture, eradication & tagging of animals).

All personnel including the pilot are trained and experienced in aging and weighing animals, monitoring temperature and condition, obtaining required biological samples and measurements as well as phlebotomy, fitting of collars and transmitters. We use Alaska F&Gʼs protocol for both net gunning and darting (chemical immobilization), copies are available upon request. Captured animals are blind folded and hobbled. Animals transported by helicopter are secured in sling bags in an upright position (sternly erect). Due to our initial training by biologists we have set a high standard for animal care and welfare.

Whether it is by net-gunning or darting technique, Quicksilver Air has captured most large game species that exist in North America today. Below is a list of the animals that Quicksilver personnel have captured throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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Fairbanks Helicopter
Centrally located with bases in
Alaska & Colorado to work
in the U.S, Canada & Mexico

- Wildlife Management -

- General Utility & Charters -

- Tourism -

Robinson Dealer
& Service Center

  • Wolf
  • Wolverine
  • Caribou
  • Bighorn Sheep (Dall, Desert, Rocky Mountain, Californian)
  • Moose
  • Coyotes
  • Bison
  • Goats
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Bear (Grizzly, Black, Polar)
  • Elk
  • Mule Deer
  • Whitetail Deer
  • Musk Ox
  • Pigs
  • Eagles