Jim Effting's trained his pigeons to find their way home after being released 600 miles away. No one really knows how they do it.

"Scientists have studied them forever," Jim said. "They've tried to blind fold them, they come home, plug their ears, they come home. Kind of the theory is they go by the magnetic fields of the earth."

Jim got his first pigeon in first grade and started racing when he was 17. 

"I remember having a little section in my dad's shed," Jim said.

His pigeons are chipped.

"Once they get on the antenna pad, they're clocked," Jim said. 

The fastest pigeon wins. Jim breeds his own racing pigeons, but some people go a little nuts with the sport. Last year, a Chinese man forked out $1.4 million for a champion pigeon to breed.

But some of the big races pay out big, like $200,000.

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