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Oct-29-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The birds performed much better on their 20 mile toss today. We are still missing 4 birds. I have the loft set up so if any late ones trap in they will be isolated with food and probiotic water. The plan is to toss from 20 miles again tomorrow morning.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-28-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Yesterday we had dense fog in the morning. We kept the birds home and flagged them. The local weather called for dense fog this morning. We kept the birds home and flagged them. They easily flew 1 hour. The plan is to resume tosses early tomorrow morning. The weather report is calling for strong wind so hopefully the birds will be home before then.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-26-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Due to the potential for problems with the weather today we kept the birds home and flagged them for about an hour. They flew well with no stragglers. The birds will be flagged again tomorrow and the plan is to begin tosses from 20 miles on Friday. We are still missing 3 birds from Mondays toss.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-24-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Today we tossed the birds into cool sunny skies about 8 miles further than yesterday. For some reason they had a lot of trouble. Fortunately all but 9 birds are home at this time. I am going to leave the clock on until mid morning tomorrow. Hopefully most or all of the 9 will be here then. It never bothers me if they have trouble as long as they make it back. I believe the birds learn a lot on these type of tosses and are better prepared the next time they encounter difficulty. We will post the results of this toss tomorrow. We will not toss tomorrow but plan to be back on the road the following day.

Good luck,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

 

Oct-23-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

The birds performed fantastic today. We flagged and loft flew just like yesterday. The birds are always in a tight group. We called them in and gave a little feed before crating. Upon arrival they have more food waiting in their feeders. When we know all the birds are inside they get the rest of their rich feed for the day. When we tossed there was no circling and they broke for home as soon as they exited the crates. The plan tomorrow is to jump out to approx. 20 miles.

Good luck to all,

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-22-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We flagged and loft flew the birds this morning followed by calling them in to about 1/2 feed. After a short rest we tossed from 12 miles again. Congratulations to the 1st 4 birds! They came home like rockets and trapped a few seconds short of 5 minutes ahead of the rest of the birds! Tomorrow will be a repeat of today. If everything goes well we will jump out about 10 miles or so for the next toss. Our missing bird from yesterday seems to still be missing. This confirms it may have been a hawk attack. We crated 188 birds today and clocked 188 birds.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

 

Oct-21-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We tossed the birds from 12 miles today. A group of birds, almost 1 crate, was a little late with some even later. I hope they weren't hit by a hawk. It is a little suspicious as 1 bird is still missing at 4:45 p.m. The clocked missed a few birds but they were here with the 1st ones. The plan tomorrow is to flag and loft fly early, then toss the birds again from 12 miles.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-20-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

We had dark clouds this morning so we waited for them to pass. We tossed the birds into sunny skies with 10 mph headwinds. They performed great as we had over 180 birds trap in just over 60 seconds. I had adjusted the trap in an effort to clock every single bird but it still missed 3 birds. I will go back to the original way tomorrow and we will see. We just may have to accept the fact that a bird or 2 will be missed when this many are trapping together. As everyone knows, once we get out further the birds should be broken up a little and this will take care of it's self. Tomorrow we will toss from 12 miles.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-19-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Today we tossed from 7.5 miles from the exact same spot as yesterday. The birds circled low for quite a while before leaving the area. I have no idea why. Because they came home slower than I like, I will toss them from the same spot again tomorrow. If they perform well tomorrow the next toss will be from 12 miles. I believe today was a good learning experience for whatever they were dealing with. The clock did miss 1 bird when the mass group trapped in. The weather here is constantly changing. It was cool temps for a while and then heat and humidity. They are calling for much cooler temps starting this Thursday morning. We should be tossing birds into mid 40 degree weather instead of mid 70's. This should make for good training toss results.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

Oct-18-2016
RIVER VALLEY ROUNDUP RACE UPDATE

Today we crossed the river and the birds did great. All the birds were here at the same time except the last 2. The weather here is constantly changing lately. Shortly after the birds arrived a system moved in. Right now we have thick clouds and stiff winds. All the birds are here except 1. Yesterday we either had 2 late birds or, most likely, the clocked missed 2. Today all the birds were clocked. Tomorrow we will toss from the same spot on the other side of the river. We are supposed to have cloudy skies so this will give the birds a chance to come home without the sun. If this goes well we will jump out further on the next toss.

Bobby

(479) 719-3995

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