Some of my good locations when hunting in Pa's hardwoods would have beeen sitting near a break in the woods where a hemlock thicket met a clear cut (with a few years growth). In a saddle on the main ridge. Looking over an overgrown field with 10-15 yr old sapplings on the first bench down from the ridge and it had scrapes in it. Another great location was a pair main trails going over and just below a beaver dam (The last pond downstream).
Do you have any swamp land? Do you have hardwood flats with acorns? Hemlocks? riges, valleys, benches? Give a discription of the hunting ground.
A place to look would be the low areas of the valleys where the cover is heavy. Sometimes they like to travel up and down these traveling to and from feed and bedding areas, they can use both the plant cover and the low topography to conceal them as they move (be careful because if you set up in a low spot in the land, your scent can and probably will swirl around you and the deer can smell you from all directions. Its a good idea to use either a cover scent or an attractant scent). On opening day of rifle season (under presure) a low spot in the ridge (saddle) where the deer run from the drives of the hunt partys below to cross over the ridge to the security of the other side of the mountain.
Also watch the deer that you spook while scouting. You can pinpoint escape routes. Figure where they go when they run from presure and set up there on high presure days. Escape routes are the best place to be on opening day of rifle. If you find a good one, you may only get to hunt one day a year.
There are many places to kill deer. These are just some of the ones I use. I wish some others would jump in with thier experiences too.
When hunting in the hardwoods I like acorn flats, if they have a stream
running thru them it's even better. Pine or hemlock forests. Swamps.
Trails leading to or from thickets, deer often bed in thickets or take cover
in them when pressured. Ridges that overlook a valley or has rubs, scrapes.
If you can find some apple trees they are usually a good food source that
deer love. When beech nuts are in season they are a great spot. The key
to all spots is scouting before the seasons to make sure deer are using
the area you intend to hunt.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...