All good suggestions. I in recent years of rifle hunting have been trying to hunt points. Where a less steep point extends from a side hill or the "head" or end of a ridge. Hollows to one side or both. This would be for rifle. Otherwise its all about food. I've seen acorns on top of ridges with none in valleys as well as the opposite.
These answers are all very interesting. When I first started hunting about 1975 we hunted the top or very close to it reasoning that the pressured deer would head for security up high. It worked real good until the days of unlimited does and the beginning of AR's. It seems the deer aren't quite as pressured on the public land I hunt in 3B now. My stand choices are now based on the natural movement along with pressure. Sure there are hunters and in areas lots of them. It's a shame I'm not at the parking lots to actually see how many cars are there, but I'm in pretty early. As a side note if anybody else hunts the #13, 57, 66 metroplex of Gamelands have you ever been out of the woods to count cars in the lots? Whats the most you count? Like I said I'm early in and late out most times.