I would suggest, if the area is new to you, that you should try on foot, with a climbing stand on your back. Start with good maps of the area with as much detail as you can find. Where are the food sources?, water?, bedding areas? Draw lines between these points, and then adjust those lines for the contours of the land. (deer, usually take the easy route, but not always.) try to think like a deer. "what do I need, where can I get it, how do I get there?" time of day will effect your hunt. Once you are boots on the ground, follow you planning to get you in the right areas, then follow tracks for a while until you find a good ambush site along one or more trails between food, water, and bedding sites.
Once you have found your ambush site, I would go vertical. You are less likely to be seen, above 12-18 feet, and your vision in brushy areas improves.
I would avoid scent additives of any kind. New scents in an area, will alert deer, even if they are welcome scents. (they weren't there before, now they are, something changed)
If you wish to stay on the ground and track, I would suggest something that breaks up your outline, like a ghillie suit, and move very slowly and silently.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.