I am the same way when I do use scents. Trails end for the pre-rut switching to doe in estrous when the rut is swinging. The reason I dont use scents in early season is because deer are more patternable. Here in NY they are still in that late summer feeding pattern. With proper scouting you can really put yourself in a sweet spot as long as mother nature doesnt throw that weather curve ball. Once we get that first good frost all bets are off. My hunting pattern - early season, food sources - mid season (rutting phases), travel corridors - late season, food sources again. But mid and late seasons scents seem to be affective IMO.
Venison - the other red meat