I had an eight point buck make a bee-line to doe urine wicks I had hanging in a tree that met his demise,he's now mounted on my living room wall, so I don't see how experience can be an example during the rut. Maybe outside the rut but not in your experinence. My original post was speaking of sorting scents. It looks like experience plays a major role to circle downwind but not to know scents to alter it's course of travel for a mature buck. Younger deer don't have the ability to smell certain smells, that's my point.
You kinda just answered you own question. If you had missed that buck, he would have been alot more cautious the next time he smelled that particular smell. Think of the deers brain as a hard drive that stores important/vital information such as; what to eat and when, what this smell or that small is, what this sound or that sound means. A deer is programed for 3 things, survival, eating and once or twice a year breading. The breading seems to take over all of the others when it comes around. That is the reason the rut is such a magical time of year.
It's kinda like what I've seen in turkey hunting. It's a little different because the turkeys don't have a sense of smell, but if you call a tom into a certain set up with a certain call and miss him, you will never get that turkey to come into that set up again using that call. It gets imprinted on his hard drive as a dangerous situation.
I think all deer, regardless of age, smell the same things. It's all in how those smells are processed and how they were imprinted in the deers memory in the first place. A young deer just hasn't had enough life experiences for all of it to be stored in it's memory.
Just my take on this subject.