When I plan a bird-hunting road trip I want the experience to be both spontaneous and planned, equal parts due diligence and roll-the-dice exploration. It sounds mutually exclusive, but it's really not. I'll do all the usual prep work: call state game biologists, talk to fellow hunters, farmers, do my fair share of discreet Internet scouting, pore over maps, Google Earth, monitor NOAA and NWS sites for drought and precipitation info in the areas I plan to hunt, etc. But some of my best-ever bird hunting experiences were the result of sitting at the crossroads of some unmarked county line road in the middle of a blank spot on the map, not knowing how, exactly, I got there, and most definitely not knowing where, exactly I was going. Just flip a coin, pick a direction, and take your chances.