News and Updates
Nov-08-2017

Good Morning Flyers,

 
I have had a busy couple days shipping out 53 boxes of birds and getting all but 3 of the payments out (waiting on W-9 forms). All breeders should have gotten tracking emails on their birds.
 
The birds felt and looked great having put good weight and muscle back on.
 
Last call for birds...If I haven't heard from you, I am assuming you do not want your birds back. The last shipment of birds will go out next week!
 
Winter has arrived with snow flurries and freezing temperatures. I will let breeders know if any of their missing birds come home.
 
2018 race rules and information have been posted on the website. I will start taking in 2018 birds after February 19th...last year was cold and snowy in the beginning of February and it can be a little stressful on birds coming from warmer climates.  I have compared performance vs arrival dates again this year and haven't seen much correlation. Please, no prepaid perch fees until after January 1st.
 
The birds that have been left to fly the OB season have been moved over to my personal loft and are currently loft flying.  It usually will take them a day or two to figure out where to trap but they figure it out quickly. Now that YB season is over, the old birds will have open loft all day everyday through the winter. Reminder...perch fees will be refunded in full if your bird is not present at the Christmas inventory.  I do still have space if anyone else would like to keep their birds here for old birds.
 
I have posted a nice Watkins/Holland hen on Ipigeon for those that are interested
 
Thank you all for you participation this year!  I am already looking forward to 2018.
 
Take Care 
 
Lucas

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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Nov-01-2017

Good Morning Flyers!

 
A good nights sleep and some strong coffee has done me some good :)
 
Payouts all look correct in Wincompanion.
 
First, I want to thank everyone this year for your participation.  I know it was a long year due to the delays with the smoke and weather.  We definitely got lucky with yesterday's weather and I'm happy we were able to get the last race in....snow is on it's way Friday. The more I drive this course, the more impressed I am with these birds.  This is a challenging course with desert winds and mountain passes...you should be proud of any bird that made it through this years extensive training and racing.
 
Congratulations again to the first 14 bird drop yesterday.  They definitely had to work through the headwinds in Nevada before picking up the tailwinds in Oregon.  Shout out to the Baldwin/Tilson crew for getting two birds in on the drop.
 
Congratulations to the Average Speed winners
Western Loft took the main prize followed by RMC Loft and APC Loft.
 
Congratulations to the B Race winners
Yong Sheng Chinese Pigeon Club, Baldwin & Tilson, Greek Connection shared the prize equally on the drop for the 350 mile race....Good Picking guys.
Greek Connection took the first 2 average speed prizes followed up by YSCPC.
 
Payouts will start going out the end of this week, so get me your W-9 forms if you made over $600....you are welcome to email these.  If you sent me one last year and all the information is correct, then I don't need it.
 
Return Shipments
Return shipment of birds will start on Monday.  $60 for the first 2 birds then $10 for each additional bird.  Please let me know by the end of this week if you would like your birds back. I am happy to pull these fees from winnings. Shipping fees can be paid via paypal friends and family if you wish to remarc80@gmail.com
 
2018 Old Bird Race option $100 perch fee
I do have some room again this year on my old bird team, so I will offer this as an option to anyone that would like to see their birds fly an old bird series.  These birds fly under my name in the club/combine races as they did last year and have the opportunity to fly the Western Open 300, 400, and possibly a 500 mile.  We do live clocking of all races via wincompanion. I do a lot of open loft during the winter, so perch fees would be $100/bird and if your bird is not here at Christmas inventory...you will get a full refund....entry fees will be optional. 
 
Auction Option
I did have a request to auction some birds, so I will offer this option to everyone.  Birds will go onto Ipigeon and start at $100 (pedigree required).  50/50 split of proceeds after the 15% fee taken from Ipigeon.  I know most of you can do this yourself, but I figured I'd at least offer.
 
Please email me with any special payout instructions on payout or shipping instructions.  
 
Congratulations again and if you have any questions just give me a shout.
 
Thank you for sending great birds this year.
 
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-30-2017

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Weather is looking great for the 350 mile race tomorrow.  Forecast is for clear sunny skies all the way along the course.  Winds vary greatly with head winds and side winds the first 200 miles through Nevada.  Once they cross over into Oregon they will have some side winds and possibly some tailwinds.  We will see what tomorrow brings. Plan is for the birds to be released at 8 am.
 
Patrick will be here to entertain those that are coming to watch and will feed everyone around 1. Thank you all in advance for leaving your dogs at home.  Please remember to bring a chair.  Temperature high will be 60 degrees, so could be a bit chilly while waiting for birds.  Have fun and good luck.
 
I will be heading out with the birds around 2 this afternoon and arriving near the release point before midnight. Payout has been posted for the 350. Birds are looking great.
 
Good luck to everyone tomorrow! It should be a good working race.
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-26-2017

Good Morning Flyers!

 
Birds are looking good and seemed to have bounced back from the 300 mile race quite well.  I will loft fly again today as soon as some of these clouds clear out and the sunny shows itself. 
 
Tuesday the 31st is looking like the best day next week to have the final 350 mile race.  This can of course change due to the weather but according to the forecast that is the best day for a good working race.  Please let me know if you are planning to attend, so I can get a head count.  I will keep everyone posted on this date.
 
Moving forward this week...I will be try to be on the road Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as long as the birds and weather continue to look good.
 
Have a great Thursday.
 
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-23-2017

Good Evening Flyers,

 
Congratulations to Wesley Freise from Red Ass Ranch for getting the first bird in the clock and to the other 7 birds on the drop in today's tough 300 mile race.  278 birds made it home today, which is definitely less than I would have liked to have seen.
 
For those wanting a tougher race, today was your day.  Release site was a beautiful sunny 40 degrees.  Forecast was for clear sunny skies all the way home, so much to my surprise when I neared our 150 mile release site on the way home and saw fog, my heart sank.  This area of the course is one of the mountain passes where the birds seem to cross over and it was completely socked in with clouds and fog for about 5 miles.  I knew it was going to be a tough day when I saw that. This is one of the many hazards we face flying in the mountains and you should be proud of your birds that made it home on the day.  I'm sure some birds went right through while others tried to go around. I spend a lot of time watching weather forecasts and current weather along the course and this definitely came as a surprise.
 
Tomorrow we have a club race from the same area that I flew from today, so that should help to bring some of the stragglers home tomorrow.  
 
Again, congratulations to those that had birds in the top today.
 
Take Care
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-22-2017

Good Morning Flyers,

 
We are a go for the 300 mile race on Monday.  It is raining again here this morning, but it is suppose to clear this afternoon.
 
Forecast tomorrow is showing light NE (head/side) winds along the entirety of the coarse and sunny skies.  Temperatures at release will be a bit warmer with this week at around 40 degrees and temperature at arrival is calling for mid 60s.
 
I will try and get on the road today around 3.  Patrick will be holding down the fort here tomorrow and will be grilling some burgers around 12:30 for those that would like to come watch.  
 
Payout tomorrow pays down 45 places and has been posted on the website.
 
Good luck to everyone tomorrow and I will post an update as soon as I am able after the release in the morning.
 
 
Lucas
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-19-2017

Good Morning Flyers

 
We have wind and rain moving through the area for the next few days, so I will loft fly or road train as the opportunity presents itself.  I currently have a group of birds still out flying due to a prairie falcon cruising through.  This time of year I am definitely seeing more raptors in the area.
 
The weather forecast is still looking good for the 300 mile race on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
 
I will keep you all posted.
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-16-2017

Good Morning Flyers,

 
Congratulations to Oscar Alonso for taking the first place in yesterday's speedy 250 mile race. The first drop birds were able to pick up 7 minutes on the next group of birds...impressive.
 
I was very surprised when I got the call on the way home that we had birds almost an hour earlier than expected.  There were no winds at release or along my drive home until I hit about 50 miles from the the loft and those winds were coming out of the east.  Those at the loft reported little to no wind.  Many of the birds came in really high and so they must of found a nice tailwind up there.
 
The birds did great with 419 birds clocking in above 1400ypm.  The birds seemed to rest really well in the trailer and weren't as restless as they were on the 150 and 200 mile.  I sleep in the back of my pickup, so I can hear what the birds are doing throughout the night at the release point.  The birds also drank well in the morning and headed straight out of the trailer at release with no hesitation heading for home.
 
Weather forecast is currently looking good for a Monday or Tuesday 300 mile race.
 
All the checks have cleared and I have posted the initial payout on the website under the "race info" tab.  The B race payout is complete.  The A race is not complete because it does not get figured until I know exactly how many birds will go to the 300 and 350 (payout 10% of actual birds in each race).  Average speed is complete.  The numbers in red are total payout for each race. Total birds entered was 600 bringing total entry fees to $150,000 less 10%...bringing actual payout to $135,000.
 
Thank you all again for sending great birds this year.  Let us hope that we can continue to get some good weather for the last two races.  Good Luck to you all.
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-13-2017

Good Morning Flyers,

 
The forecast on Sunday is still looking great for our 250 mile race.  It currently is forecasting slight side/tail winds and clear sunny skies for the entire course.  Birds are currently out enjoying some loft fly time..I wanted to road train this morning, but too many dark/low rain clouds to the south and rain.  
 
Unfortunately, this time of year we will have more tail winds and rain than head winds, but as long as we can get some clear days we should be able to get some successful races in. The weather changes so fast along this course, so you never know.
 
Birds are looking great and continue to fly well.  I have increased the corn and hemp in the diet since the temperatures have dropped and the birds are eating it up readily. 
 
Take Care
 
Lucas
 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
Oct-09-2017

Good Afternoon flyers,

 
I just got home from a good tailwind toss.  The birds came well with a few stragglers. Yesterday was a good headwind toss...the winds change rapidly this time of year.
 
I was hoping to be able to get the 250 mile race in Wednesday or Thursday, but it doesn't look like the weather is going to cooperate with us.  Sunday is looking promising.  I will loft fly tomorrow, road train Wednesday and Friday weather dependent.  Overall, the birds are looking really good...there are a couple of the late ones that need a little TLC to get some weight back on.
 
Almost all the entry fees are confirmed...I have two that are confirmed hung up in the mail and two check that are insufficient funds.  These issues will be resolved before the next race or birds will be pulled.  The "N/E" birds that were not activated have been pulled from the race.
 
Big thank you to everyone that got their entry fees here on time!
 
I hope this finds everyone well.  Good Luck in all the OLRs and YB races this time of years.
 
Lucas
 

 
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Lucas Cramer
503-510-2661
 
Crooked River Challenge is a proud user of Primalac and Topigeon clocking system
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