Whats up Austin welcome to the site, and welcome to the world of deer hunting. Since your new I would like to tell you that deer hunting is awesome experience !!! You will never stop learning about hunting, and nature and if your religous ( I am ) it's a chance to see god through his creations... that being said I'm an avid hunter from North Carolina and although I'm not the least bit experienced with the mountains I can tell you a few things... first of all its still fairly early in the season so figure out what the deer in your hunting land are eating... are there any trees that bare fruit ?? Theres got to be acorns I would imagine with no food plots your deer are eating stuff in those hardwoods... hardwoods are awesome I love hunting in that kind of landscape... also if your allowed to bait deer on your land I would put a whole bunch of corn out close to a deer path and hang a stand near it...now really the next thing to do is get out in your land and just look around the basic signs of deer I'm sure you know just spend some time now looking for it... look for older scrapes on trees and opening in thickets you know an opening that looks like a door in the middle of thick stuff... look for trails... try to actually figure out how the deer are moving they usually make a circle around your land however the move the tract they travel will be a constant... but the times they travel there tract will definitely differ... my dad has hunted the mountains alot when he went to school @ Gardner Webb if you would like me to I can ask him if theres anything specific about the mountains that would be helpful... just hit me back and let me know sry for writing a book !!!