i believe that deer can easily tell wehn the season is, but maybe not so much the season, but the people around, as deer season comes vehicle traffic increases cars atvs and other motorized vehicles, right away this is early warning, these vehicles pentrate the depth of the wood were a deer never herars or sees any of this, so basically the presence of people is what sign the beggingin of deer hunt imo
starting to bait for bear this weekend .My buddy I hunt with was up at the cabin last weekend and there were tracks all over the place! They usually don't come near the cabin. Picked up 1000# of bait on tuesday.
When it comes to scent, there are basically two types; those that attract and those that mask. I've tried both on many occasions. There are lots and lots of "doe in heat" scents, designed to attract a big buck into range. I've also used a "cow in heat" scent while elk hunting.
Another scent would almost be better named as a "coverup smell". The main goal is to cover up human odor or mask it. Though I don't believe you can ever totally eliminate all human...