Earl Welcome to BGH, you will find an interesting mix of folks here.
Never have used them. The lions share of my bear hunting is done in a state where baiting is against the law and always figgured that a honey burn or smoke stick would be kind of like baiting? Still a review of your experience using them would be great. I might be tempted to take some next time I head up to Onterio or Quebec.
I'm hunting in the CDA area of Idaho. Bait & Hounds are still legal there, (they've been pretty successful at keeping the tree hugging hippy liberals out).
Hinge-cutting serves several purposes in regard to improving both whitetail habitat and your hunting experience. There are two main types of hinge cuts including a cut for screening and funnels and a cut for bedding. Hinge cuts for screening and funnels should be done somewhere between the knee and waist to block a deer's vision as well as block a travel path. Hinge cuts for bedding should be done around chest high so that there is room for a deer to bed underneath.