The South and Southwest part of the state have some big deer. Getting a permit will be difficult this late. Some muzzleloader permits are still available. I hunt Lawrence County. TEK from Starkville, MS.
In Mississippi I hunt Oktibbeha and Monroe Counties. In Illinois I hunt Lawrence County. Got my Tag for Illinois today and plan to go up for December 4 -7 hunt with muzzleloader. I just got back from Georgia hunting opening muzzleloader weekend. Had a great time.
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...