We hunted, and still do (when we find time) around Edna, KS. SE KS. it is about 2hrs45min from Springfield Mo. There is a good amount of public land up there that is not over hunted, if you can imagine that. That particular area has an old steam shovel that they did some strip mining with in the late 60's early 70's. Look around on the internet for BIG BRUTUS. We went over there 3 to 4 years ago and had an awesome hunt. We killed Rio's there also, i guess it was a cross between them and the eastern bird really. As to where our birds have the buff colored fan these were almost white and had a different color to there feathers, kinda had a different glow to em. Plenty of water, crop land, and roostin trees for the runnin rio's.
You seing any birds in that area? We might be looking to come up that way again. We have some land in Edna that we hit first and then head to Big Brutus.Big Brutus is in Cherokee County, Kansas near West Mineral, Kansas. Just use mapquest for West Mineral. This town is in the middle of the Mined Land Wildlife Area. I was there today.