We've been doing alright with the bunnies here so far. A buddy and I started setting our snares last Saturday and had 6 in 9 snares by Monday (trying a new area.) Shot about a dozen since small game season opened with no dog, just scouting the side roads.
There's lots of good sign here in Newfoundland though, lots of visible runs, and others I've spoken to also think that the winter season is looking pretty positive.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...