dominant trees exist late into the year, take a look at this photo I took on January 13. We had received about 5 inches of snow which completely blanketed the ground except where it had been disturbed by animals.
The circle of dark exposed leaves in the center of the photo is where numerous deer had pawed back the snow to get to the acorns that had fallen months ago from one specific white oak tree. As I rode the property, I saw several other similar spots.
It was interesting that the feeding areas were all located directly underneath the canopy of a specific tree and generally didn't extend beyond that.
With binoculars, I could scout dozens of acres from one spot. The big brown circles stood out like, well... big brown circles. Unfortunatley our deer season had already closed, or else, it wouldn't have even been fair.