2017 Payout Schedule
We have 159 birds. 159 x $150 = $23,850.
225 mile race: 1st $1500, 2nd $1200, 3rd $900, 4th $700, 5th-10th $500, 11th-15th $300, 16th-20th Free Perch.
325 mile race: 1st $2500, 2nd $1500, 3rd $1200, 4th $1000, 5th-10th $750, 11th-15th $500, 16th-20th Free Perch.
1st High-Point Bird $1250
2nd High-Point Bird $700
The River Valley Race is contributing $1000 in free perches to be used in the 2018 race series and $100 to the prize pool.
Good luck to all,
The points have been assigned for the 100 mile race. Go to the breeder list on the 100 mile race options and click on a loft name. It will pull up the birds and show their points.
We still intend to fly the 150 mile race on Thursday. It will be a tougher race with 10 mph head winds.
Good luck to all,
We had 4 birds return this morning. They have been added to the results list.
We had 3 birds that were not activated that went to the race. Even though they scored points they were not eligible and have been removed.
We had 159 eligible birds in the 1st race so we will use 159 as our base number for points. Only birds returning on the day receive points. These rules are the exact same rules as all previous race series. On the 1st 2 races, 1st place is 159 points. 1st drop will receive equal points. If there are 10 birds on the 1st drop, all receive 159 points. The 11th bird will receive 149 points. After the 1st drop points are awarded by trapping order in 1 point increments. If 2 birds clock at the same exact time they will each receive the same points. On the last 2 races we double the points so 1st place birds will be 318 points. After the 1st drop points will be awarded in 2 point increments.
I will assign points for the 100 mile race tomorrow.
We intend to fly the 150 mile race on Thursday.
Good luck to evryone,
Hello Everyone. The 100 mile race results are posted. At this time we still have 6 birds missing. We may get a bird or 2 in before dark. We will leave the clock on tomorrow.
The point system is the same again this year. I will send out the specifics tomorrow.
It is our intention to fly the 150 mile race on Thursday. I will confirm in a day or two.
The cold front that moved in on us brought plummeting temperatures. The temperature fell to just above 10 degrees here. Even though it rose some at daylight we felt it was still too cold to toss birds. We did loft fly for close to 1 1/2 hours after it warmed up at midday.
The weather is forecast to improve and we should have nice conditions for our 100 mile race on Sunday. Several local flyers plan to be here when the birds return.
Today we tossed the birds into mostly cloudy skies from 55 miles at 10:55 a.m. There were left cross winds at 4 mph. At 12:15 the birds began arriving. I noticed our loft clock was about 5 minutes behind the correct time. After 84 birds the loft clock stopped working. Apparently the battery inside the clock had died. The good news is we have a back up clock. We ran the birds back over the antennaes using the back-up clock and everything seems okay.
Everyone using a Unikon Clocking System should send in the clock and antennaes every 5 years and have the batteries replaced. Ours is already on the way back to Deister. When you send in your system inclose a paper with your name, address, phone number, and tell them what you want done. It will be 2 to 3 weeks before you receive your ETS system back. Below is the address for repairs.
Deister Electronics, 10498 Colonel Court, Suite 103, Manassas, VA 20110
I wanted to toss the birds from 75 miles tomorrow but as usual the weather has changed for the worse. There will be a cold front and a low pressure system right on top of us at that time. I never send pigeons into this. The plan now is to toss from 55 miles again on Friday and race from 100 miles, Antlers Oklahoma, on Sunday.
The weather keeps changing. The goal is to toss 55 miles on Wednesday, 75 miles on thursday, and race 100 miles on Sunday.
We postponed the 55 mile toss today to allow the late birds to rest a reasonable amount of time. We are watching the weather and may try it tomorrow.
Today your birds were released into mostly sunny skies with a 6 mph head wind. This is our official activation toss. However, we will toss the birds at least 1more time from 55 miles on Saturday and at least 1 more time from 75 miles before we start the races. We still have 3 birds out so we will leave the clock on. If you pay the race fee for a bird that gets lost prior to our 1st 100 mile race, your race fee will be returned.
We tossed your birds from 75 miles today. Most birds did real well. The issue the birds have at this point is the high hills and mountains. If they fly a perfect line of flight, or west of the line of flight, they will not have a problem. If they fly east of the line of flight they will take longer due to having to navigate through and around. If they go further east they have to go a long way around. That's why I reported the 55 mile toss usually takes 3 tosses for most birds to learn this. The farther out we go the less this is an issue as the birds are released further west.
The clock is still on in case our few remaining birds trap this afternoon. We have 1 bird here that came home this morning and didn't go to the 75 mile toss. He will be listed on Thursday's toss.
We plan to have our activation toss from 75 miles on Thursday. We plan to have your 100 mile race shortly after that.