Chemical Immobilization of Animals: 
White-tailed Deer, Elk and Non-Native Deer

This is Safe-Capture's Internationally Acclaimed 
16-Hour Chemical Immobilization Workshop for those working with:
White-tailed Deer, Elk, Non-Native Deer (Mule, Fallow, Sika, Axis, Red, Reindeer)

Over 90% of our workshop participants rate our training programs "excellent" 
- many stating this was "the best workshop they had ever attended!"

Multimedia Lecture Presentation and Discussion (14 Hours)


  • Custom drug combinations and formulations which minimize induction times-the time from dart impact until the animal is immobilized. (Dr. Amass has drug combinations and techniques that will safely immobilize a White-tailed Deer in 64 seconds, with drug combinations now mixed according to ambient temperature!)

  • Safe and reliable drug and dosage recommendations for Deer & Elk in various levels of confinement-from tame animals in close captivity, to wild temperament animals that are in large enclosures or free-ranging. (One drug combination or dosage does not fit all situations!)

  • Proper injection sites to ensure rapid drug absorption and effects.

  • Capture strategies to minimize capture stress on the animal, and procedural stress of the operator.

  • Drug delivery technology: Advantages and disadvantages of the various commercially available darting systems including Pneu-dart, Telinject, Daninject, Palmer, Paxarms, and Distinject. Choosing the system to best fit your needs-maximizing the utility of the dart projector/tranquilizer gun you already have.

  • Sighting Techniques in dart projectors/tranquilizer guns to ensure accurate, atraumatic dart delivery.

  • Techniques and modifications which are necessary to have field accuracy and consistent results with currently manufactured darting systems and radiotracking devices.

  • Dosage calculation

  • How to re-dose animals incompletely immobilized on approach.

  • "Superconcentrated" drugs: Where to obtain and how to use them to give you a faster knockdown, and allow you to use smaller, less traumatic darts.

  • Post Immobilization Care of Deer and Elk: Species specific tips on proper body and head position to prevent aspiration, dart removal techniques to minimize tissue trauma and techniques of wound care to decrease the chance of a dart wound abscess.

  • Medical monitoring: Assessment techniques to ensure the immobilized animal stays physiologically stable throughout the procedure. The "Vital Signs" - how to monitor and interpret temperature, pulse, heart rate, respiratory rate, capillary refill time, pulse oximetry, capnography-with checklists provided to help keep you organized and on track in the field.

  • Medical emergencies associated with capture and handling: How to prevent, recognize, and treat bloat, capture myopathy, shock, hyperthermia, hypothermia, seizures, and other complications which can be avoided and managed in association with chemical immobilization.

  • Immune suppression associated with capture and translocation.

  • When not to capture: The time of the year when Cervids and most susceptible to capture-related mortality (and it's not rutting season).

  • Accidental human exposure to immobilizing medications: Which drugs are dangerous to humans? What can you expect with accidental human exposure? Standard Operating Procedures to prevent human exposure to immobilizing drugs. How to coordinate with your physician and local poison control to develop protocols should an accidental exposure occur.

Hands-On Lab/Practice (2 Hours)


  • Safe Handling and Use of Immobilization Darts: Assembly, loading, unloading, and cleaning of the various brands available in the US.

  • Use of Safety Equipment for Prevention of Accidental Exposure to Anesthetic Drugs

  • Safe Handling and Use of Short and Long Range Dart Projectors/Tranquilizer Guns including CO2, Air, and 22 blank powered projectors

  • Practice and Development of Proficiency with:

    • Pole Syringes

    • Blowgun Delivery of Anesthetic Darts: Even if  you have never used a blowgun before, you will leave this portion of the program accurate and proficient with this safe, inexpensive, and atraumatic technique of dart delivery.

    • Radio-Tracking Darts for efficient location of animals and retrieval of lost darts.

This is Real Training . . .

We respect your time and your intelligence, and we know what it takes to be proficient in the field. Our course materials are time-tested to over 13,000 professionals on four continents.

You Get the Top Instructors . . .

Hand picked Wildlife Veterinarians-Experts in Chemical Immobilization and Anesthesia and Outstanding Teachers as well!

You Get Training Materials that Work . . .

Our presentation is multi-media and hands-on. You hear it in lecture, see it on video, and do it with your own hands. You will also take home a comprehensive 175-page training manual covering all course materials.

You Get What We Promise . . .

Clear, concise information which will guide you to a safer, more successful level of expertise or we will refund your full tuition fee.

We do not sell equipment, nor do we have contracts with equipment manufacturers. We provide only education in Chemical Immobilization and field assistance, and our recommendations for drugs and equipment stem from practical field use.

This workshop is also approved for Veterinary Continuing Education Credit. Call for details.

All attendees receive the all new 175-page manual:

Chemical Immobilization of Animals:
Technical Field Notes 2018

Certificates will be Awarded!

Our program has been presented since 1989, and is considered by US government agencies
to be the standard in Chemical Immobilization training. 

We have provided training to:
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Beijing Biodiversity Center

  • Texas Parks & Wildlife

  • Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

  • USDA Wildlife Services

  • Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries

  • Dallas Zoo

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

  • Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

  • New Jersey Fish and Wildlife

  • New York Division of Fish, Wildlife, and Marine Resources

  • And a multitude of others!

"The Safe-Capture Workshop was some of the best money I've spent in the deer business"

"Top quality, hands on, field tested, practical information"


Registration Fee (Save $50 if you register more than 30 days prior to the program date!)

Early Registration


General Registration


Refresher Registration (For previous participants that would like to attend again)



Register by Phone: 1-425-948-7965

For further information, contact:

Safe-Capture International, Inc.
P.O. Box 216, Snohomish, WA 98291 USA


Semen Production and Artificial Insemination
of White-tailed Deer

A Hands-On Workshop for Individuals

  • wanting to learn the technique

  • individuals wanting to improve their conception rates or straw number production

  • those considering using Artificial Insemination who want to be better informed

Improve your genetics without introducing new animals into your herd!

7 hours of multi-media, lecture presentations
2 hour "Hands on" practice

Step-by-step instruction discussing Posterior Cervical/Transcervical Insemination, Laparoscopic AI techniques, as well as live and postmortem semen collection.

The production of frozen semen is completely unregulated and unstandardized at this time.

  • Understand the procedures involved

  • Know the right questions to ask to ensure you are investing in healthy, fertile semen

Many people spend a great deal of time, energy, and money and end up with no pregnancies.

This workshop will teach you the technical skills and techniques that are essential to maximize your conception rates.

The most up to date resource on how to Collect, Process, Freeze, Store and Utilize Semen for Artificial Insemination of White-tailed Deer

Lecture Topics to be Presented
  • Why Artificial Insemination? Are You Ready? Developing a Genetic Plan

  • Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

  • Understanding the Fertility Cycle of Male and Female White-tailed Deer

  • How Genetic Traits are inherited in Deer - Selecting Superior Bucks and Does

  • The Effect of Location, Climate and Season on Male and Female fertility

  • Optimum breeding time periods for maximum potential conception in Does

  • Optimal collection time periods for maximum sperm counts and fertility in Bucks

  • Semen Collection by Electroejaculation and Alternative Semen Collection Methods

  • Factors which can deleteriously effect semen quality

  • Understanding Semen Extenders, Buffers and Diluters

  • Semen Freezing Techniques (Cryopreservation)

  • Proper Storage and Handling of Frozen Semen

  • Security: Ensuring you received semen from the buck you requested

  • Step-by-step flowcharts are provided for Semen Collection, Processing, Freezing and Storage

  • Doe Selection and Nutritional Management for Optimal Conception and Birth Weight

  • Optimal Breeding Group Ratios

  • Synchronizing Heat (Estrus) in Does - what works, what doesn't, acquiring CIDRs

  • Detecting Heat: Producing a "Teaser Buck" or Vasectomized male

  • Recommended Timing of Insemination with frozen semen

  • The French Straw Technique

  • Step-by-step flowcharts are provided for the entire insemination process in Does

  • Pregnancy Diagnosis

  • Supply sourcing

  • The latest in Embryo Transfer/Splitting and Cloning in White-tailed Deer

Hands-On Lab Will Include:
  • How to interpret a semen evaluation report

  • How to evaluate semen by microscopic examination for optimal quality

  • Instruction and Practice with straw thawing devices, speculums, and insemination guns for Posterior Cervical or Transcervical Insemination of Does

  • Camera Guided Laparoscopic Insemination Equipment will be discussed, demonstrated, and available for use and practice by participants

  • Instruction and practice with the Apple Creek Whitetails "Inseminator" Technique

  • Instruction and Practice with Electroejaculators and Probes for Semen Collection

  • Preparing Semen Diluters and Extenders for osmotic equilibration

  • How to Perform a Sperm Count using a Hemocytometer

  • Filling, sealing, and freezing straws

  • Techniques to prevent sperm "Cold Shock"

  • Placing and Removing CIDRs for estrus synchronization of Does (a vaginal implant which allows you to bring all deer into heat on the same day)

  • Use of Cadaver specimens to identify and understand reproductive anatomy

  • How to collect and process semen from hunted or deceased deer


This workshop is also approved for Veterinary Continuing Education Credit. Call for details.

All attendees receive the 2018 Safe-Capture Deer AI Manual

Certificates will be Awarded!

Fees for this program are:

Early Registration:
$825 (Registrations postmarked at least 30 days prior to the workshop date) 

General Registration: $875 

Refresher Registration: $525 (Those who have attended the workshop previously may attend again as a refresher for $525)


"Top quality, hands on, field tested, practical information."

"The Safe-Capture Workshop was some of the best money I've spent in the deer business."

"Don't buy frozen semen before you have attended this workshop!"



Register by Phone: 1-425-948-7965

For further information, contact:

Safe-Capture International, Inc.
P.O. Box 216, Snohomish, WA 98291 USA




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