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!!!
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.