I have not hunted 22, but am generally familiar with the area. You can try around the Cathedral Bluffs in 22. There is a considerable amount of public land, but you need to work out the access to it since some portions may require crossing private property which is gated.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...