Just a few days and we'll be taking birds for the 2018 season. This year I'm recommending that all birds be vaccinated for both PMV and Paratyphoid prior to sending them here. It is definately not 100% insurance against sickness that can occur but might just help.
1099's were mailed ten days back so everyone should have received there's by now.
Only changes in this years race are the B and C Optional Races that will be paid out in the 350 mile final, and Average Speed.
I do hope that your winter thus far has been tolerable and that all is well in the breeding loft.
Will to be communicating with you soon.
The 2017 race series is now complete. We had many obstacles and setbacks to overcome but we made it. Congradulations to all the race winners, =1st winners, average speed winners, 2-Bird team winners, prize winners, and to those with birds that just completed the 45 training tosses, 5 races and logged over 3160 miles on the wing. You have birds that can compete!!
To those who have accumulated prizes of $600 or more I will be needing a completed W-9 unless I already have one from previous years. My plan is to start mailing birds this coming week.
Thank you again to all the participants in this years' race and may your success continue in the other races you are competing in this fall!!!
At 3:30 this afternoon 293 birds were on their way to the 350 mile release point in Battle Mtn, Nevada. By 7:30 Tim our liberator called and was just leaving the 125 mile airlines.
Our planned release is 7:30 PDT. Forecasts predict 29 degrees, sunny, 2 mph SE. at release. Along the course sunny, variable winds 3-6 mph, and 74 degrees at arrival. Come on down for lunch at 1PM and spend some time swappin lies. Birds should arrive sometime after 2:00 PDT. Best of luck tomorrow!!!
Our final race is scheduled for Monday October 16th from Battle Mountain, Nevada 350 miles. Sunday evening there will be a hosted meal at Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant around 6:30 pm. Monday at the loft turkey and lamb with the trimmings will be served at 1:00pm. Birds should arrive some time between 2 and 3. Give me a shout if you will be coming.
Several motels are in town. Econolodge Inn & Suites is adjacent to Mazatlan.
The 350 mi our final race I am trying to schedule at this time. Monday, Oct 16 appears to be the best day for a while as rain and winds are predicted later in the week. Will keep you posted.
The birds were released under mostly sunny skies at 7:30 PDT temperature 30 and calm. Along the course there will be variable winds 3-5 mph. Hope to see birds home by 1:30 this afternoon. Come join us for Taco Salad.
347 birds are on their way to Winnemucca , Nevada which is the 309 mile release point. I talked to Tim about 9PM and he was half way there expecting to arrive around 12:30AM. Our planned release time is 7:15 PDT but I'll give you updated information in the morning.
The birds were still not very eager to loft fly yesterday so this morning I only took them 20 miles. Sure enough I didn't start the the clock and so what you saw this afternoon was their loft flying. And they did fly and will have afternoon flying tomorrow.
Congratulations to the First Drop winners Gordon Meng, Lynn Purcell, & Danny Lum, and all the other prize winners. Currently I'm still watching the weather for our 300 mile race hopefully Thursday. Have a great week!!!
488 birds were scanned in and on their way to McDermitt,NV at 4:15 this afternoon. Tim my liberator phoned at 8:20 and was leaving the half way point. I will send an update of the release.
536 birds were released this morning at the 206 mi release site at Burn Junction, OR. (Now only a wide spot in the road where highways join). We held an extra 15 min until 7:30 PDT as conditions were mostly cloudy, slight wind from the NNE, and temperature near 40 degrees. We should see birds arrive about 12:00 PDT.