I have never..ever...ever...shot a deer over scent. I had just about given up on them until some provinces banned the use of them (which is usually the best indication that they work). But I don't plan to buy any again.
I've spent a small fortune on gadgets and gizmos over the years; some were useful - most weren't.
My advice...do your scouting... Pick a spot where there is clear evidence of deer activity (the more recent the better), keep the wind in your face and SIT STILL!!!
I have done everything possible to get my kids involved in hunting. Every time out whether it be scouting, camping or during the actual hunt, I will challenge them to find their way back without using any electronics (GPS). Also without a compass. They know by now that I am going to challenge one of them, so right off the bat when leaving our vehicle or camp they will start picking out land marks to help them out. Makes me and them feel confident that if we were to somehow separate that they...