News and Updates
Jun-03-2020
380 MILE UPDATE Congratulations to Gardocky Team for having the first bird by almost 2.5 hrs. JEDDS-4664 meant business coming home. Also, congratulations to Warbird Loft, L & L, and Mile High for having 2nd-4th place. Those three came in together. And congratulations to Transilvania Loft for having the last day bird. Warbird's 2nd place bird, FOYS-31200, is also the winner of average speed. The day birds were flat tuckered out when they arrived.

That race ending up being a much tougher race than expected. Based on how few came in the morning/early afternoon on the second day, perhaps they took a wrong turn down some mountain ranges, perhaps the winds blew them off course. Something broke them up real good. The heat also played a factor. It wasn't really hot but not a lot of cloud cover on race day and that sun was pretty intense. The weather has been really mild for previous race days. (Birds are given water before released). 

The course was really calm until around noon-one o' clock Around the 200-mile station it became gusty and blew the truck around a little bit. Winds were a Southwest at ground level. Racing after a storm the pressure systems the birds had to encounter could have played a role in how scattered the birds were. 

I am very impressed with how many 3rd day birds you breeders had come home. 39 came home, granted there are still a lot of birds still out there but to have that many able to make it back shows you something. 

Thank you all for letting us fly and test your birds. That last race can really be a challenge. Thank you for your support. That wraps up our tenth year of running this race. And each year comes with new surprises. 

Please let us know if you would like your birds back by this week. A few people have already gotten ahold of us. You can call, text, or email. Whichever you prefer. We plan on shipping out birds on June 8th and 9th. Also if you made over $600 please get us a W-9 form. Those can be found on our website under the forms tab. You can email a filled out form, no need to mail it. 

Kenny and Corey
May-31-2020
BIRDS LIBERATED FROM 380 MILES

Birds went up at 7 am. Very calm and clear conditions. It looks like a very nice day for a race. The first 150 miles so far looks like fantastic racing weather. Good luck to all!

Payouts are up to date on our website. Click here if you would like to see it. 

May-28-2020
FINAL RACE UPDATE We are still planning on doing the final race Sunday. We will keep an eye on the weather and if the plans change we will let you know. Thanks. 

Kenny and Corey
May-24-2020
300 MILE RACE AND 380 MILE RACE PLANS High Desert Flyers,

Congratulations to the 9 breeders who had a bird on the drop from 300 miles! And congrats to Marian Taloi for having the first bird through the trap. It was fun to watch the birds come in from the race. The conditions for the course were ideal the whole day. Which is not often the case. The speeds were faster for the first 134 birds and everything after that was under 1300 ypm. Even with fantastic conditions the Nevada terrain only let there be 255-day birds. Here is the drone video of the release. You know its desolate land when weeds can't even grow, only sagebrush and perhaps junipers. 

If your bird came back Friday or Saturday. They are tough! Friday there was rain for a good chunk of the day for about the last 100 miles of the course. Watching all the birds that came home in that weather was quite a nice surprise. And Saturday the last 40 miles or so it was pretty much 18-20 mph west winds all day. Not to mention it was pretty cold for this time of the year. Of course we would always like to see more second and third-day birds back but with the conditions the birds had, the returns were not too bad. 

As of right now we might be having the final race on Sunday, May 31st. Nevada is starting to heat up so we have to get the right day or the birds will get torched on the course. We will let you know about mid-week what we are thinking based on the weather updates.  

Kenny and Corey
May-21-2020
LIBERATED AT 300 MILES Birds went up at 7. Beautiful sunny and calm at the release. We are almost to the 200 mile station and the weather thus far has been ideal for flying birds. Good luck to all!
May-16-2020
200 MILE RACE UPDATE AND 300 MILE RACE PLANS Congratulations to the top 20 birds through the traps. Congrats to Powerstroke for having the 1st through the trap and Warbird for having 4 of the top 20 spots. There were around 40 birds on the first drop and the following groups were right behind the first group.

We arrived at the liberation site at 5:45 am and waited till the sun starting to peek over the hills and through the clouds. We delayed the release an hour waiting for the conditions to be right. Here is the drone video of the release. Beautiful location! The course was great overall for a race day. Partly cloudy skies with side winds. After the first 300 or so arrived the weather in the valley and in the hills started to get a little rough. It was a good test for the final birds that made it home. Second and third-day birds will get the rest they need to compete for the next race. The winners of the final race last year were both second-day birds from the 300-mile race. 

Thank you breeders for getting your checks in the mail so promptly. We are waiting on a couple more checks that will hopefully be here tomorrow. There were only 6 days in between races and one of those days was a Sunday. Again thank you all for making it easy for us. 

The plan for the 300-Mile race is sometime between Tuesday and Friday next week. Again all weather dependent. We will post it on Wincompanion when we pick a day. If you are unfamiliar with our race please look at the archives of our past races. The 200-mile race is just a warm-up. The 300-mile race and the 380-mile race can be very tough races. Please keep that in mind if the 300-mile race ends up being a challenging one. 30% of the prize money will be distributed to the top 10% through the trap for the 300-mile race. Thanks and Good Luck to All!


Kenny and Corey

May-13-2020
LIBERATED AT 200 MILES Birds went up at 8:00. Course should be partly cloudy throughout with west winds (side winds) ranging from 2-17 mph. Race counts towards average speed and first 20 through the trap get $100. Good luck to all!
May-08-2020
ACTIVATION RACE AND 200 MILE PLANS Congratulations on making it to the races! If I am not mistaken, all 105 flyers who sent birds have at least 1 going into the money races. Congratulations to Mr. George Scott and Carol for having the first through the trap. 

The birds on the 125-Mile Activation race did a fantastic job. There were slight head winds the whole course that broke the birds up very nicely. Once the birds dropped into the valley for about the last 20 miles they had Northwest winds that were around 12-14 mph. And it was mostly a side wind in the valley. There was a decent group that came in first from the east about 5 minutes ahead of all others. I was getting a little worried when other birds weren't showing up (based on what has happened on a couple of the tosses) but then they starting lighting up the skies coming in from all directions. There was about a 45 minute time period that was real fun to watch. Watching birds come in from the races is one of the joys of the sport. Here is the drone video from the 125 miler. I will have another video posted by tomorrow of the race winner and the birds shortly after there return in the loft. Just check YouTube tomorrow and if you subscribe it notifies you right away when a video is posted. 

Thank you to those who have already let us know about checks coming and paying through PayPal. Don't forget when paying through PayPal to do the friends and family option. We will post daily or every other day on Wincompanion when we get your entries. On our site and under Wincompanion, click the Birds link and look to the far right column you should see it labeled Entry. When there is a green symbol that means we have received your funds. Please get your entries here as soon as you can!

The plan is to do the 200 mile race perhaps Wednesday at this point. Again it all depends on the weather. Thank you and good Luck in the Series!

As a side note 2021 birds have been coming in this week. 


Kenny and Corey
May-07-2020
BIRDS ARE OFF! Birds were released at 7 am. Should have slight head winds throughout the course. Beautiful and sunny at the release. Best of luck to all!
May-04-2020
ACTIVATION RACE AND 2021 BIRDS The birds navigated the Nevada terrain much better this second time around. It is a much better feeling pulling into the house after the release with over 400 birds home as opposed to having just 4 home. The goal weather depending is to do the 125-mile activation this Thursday. After the activation race you can pay the $150 entry fee via PayPal. Email for PayPal is kennypigeons@hotmail.com or highdesertyc@gmail.com you can use either one. Please include your loft name. If sending a check please mail check with this form which can be found on our website. Looking forward to the races to see what your birds will do. Here is the drone video from this morning. 

The two 75 mile tosses the birds have gone through some type of line or fence. We have had a handful come in with cuts on their sides, secondary feathers on one side gone, and one bird this morning almost decapitated herself but somehow made it home. Perhaps there are other ones that didn't make it out alive. 

For next year's race, we are accepting birds now. We have added onto the loft this past year just for this time of year. If you have birds that are ready you can send them this way. Remember to send the perch money with the birds or PayPal or let us know it's in the mail. Please send this form with the birds as it helps us a lot! It can be found on our website as well, under forms and its called perch form. Please vaccinate your birds preferably 14-21 days before you send them. If you ship to OLR's vaccinating for PMV is a must in my opinion. If you vaccinate early enough to give them a booster even better. Please include when and for what you vaccinated your birds for on the perch form. The last thing is we do prefer birds around the 60-day old mark, especially as we head into the summer months. If you are unfamiliar with shipping birds please check out our OLR Shipping Suggestions page. 

Hope your all staying safe and best of luck in the upcoming race series!


Kenny and Corey

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