Hiker, you're right about the cats. The photos were taken about 15 miles south of Craig and that area is noted for the high population of cats. I know several folks with dogs and they hunt that area. Hope they're out this winter and knock them back a bit.
Redrider the bucks are nice, however that area does not seem to produce heavy beamed antlers. Something in the genetics I'm sure. They always appear more "delicate" to me, even when they're nice and wide or tall.
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...