Where is little north mtn, its sounds familiar but just cant picture where it is.
The terrain in the NF where I have been doing a majority of my hunting is steep and thick with mountain laurel. I used to think deer would not travel such steep terrain, but I was proven wrong on many occasions this year. The higher up the mountain you can get, the better. Look for saddles and benches when you get towards the top. When the gun season starts all the people who hunt down below within a 1/4 mile of the access roads will just help push the deer up the mtn. Also with all the rocks, some of the rock gardens as I refer to them help to funnel the deer since they cant cross some of them. I would get out and scount during the spring turkey season once they open the gates again.
In an D&DH article about 8 years ago, there was an article about hunting the GW NF, the author talked about the guy who took him up with him, and how he would regulary see monster bucks and harvest one each year. Just had to get deep in, and towards the top of the mtn, which also normaly includes a 2+ hours hike in, in the dark, and a much longer drag out, but the drag will be well worth it.