Son and I are trying, but not seeing a lot of sign. A friend got a nice 5 point buck opening day. We are going to make one last effort this weekend. Talking to a neighbor, I guess there wasn't a whole lot of acorns / mast this year and the deer are moving all over the place for food. Beautiful weather! High twenties at night, low 40s during the day. Perfect for hunting!
The apple crop was actually really good where we hunt in the islands. Problem was, that they all fell early. usually, the overgrown orchard I hunt in has lots of apples left when the season rolls around. This year, there was only one tree with apples left, and only maybe 15-20 of them.
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...