Wind, water, fire and sun. Those are the basis for any homestead.
In camps, it is water, wind and fuel for the fire.
If you have willows that hold game, they also hold predators, as in grizzly to not appreciate you eating their prey.
You are looking for a spot which will not flood, will not be burned down, or covered with piles of snow. You do not want a tree falling on your cabin some night when it is 60 below and a blizzard is blowing.
You do not want to be hauling wood five miles for fuel, no more than water.
Build on a slight rise, on the leeward side of shelter of ground and trees. In most cases door to the south and make certain your door opens interior, so that you do not have a 5 foot snow pile locking you in behind your door.
The slight rise helps in snow levels, run off of water and cold. Cold settles and the last place you want to be is in a pocket of cold air all winter, or a pocket where mosquitoes swarm all summer.
Lastly you want to be on a natural game travel route. If you have been on your ground in summer and winter, think of where the snow was, the game was, the areas you naturally avoided. As a final rule, if you pick a location that you think can never flood, to ten feet higher and you might avoid all but the 1000 years floods.