I am starting to side with the guys that are no non- scents. Anything that I do from here on out is going to be based on what is out there that deer might normally see, and smell.
For instance, if I am hunting heavy pines area, then a pine cover scent is a natural. Since also this includes the fact that in our area, foxes are heavily populating our hunting areas, then of course, red fox urine is also in order.
Other than dragging a wick dipped in Dominant Buck Urine during the peak of the pre-rut, and rut, I am staying away from all other types of scent makers from Man made/ or bottled sources.
During the rut, and pre-rut, I will be dragging a Tarsal gland cut off of a mature buck, from last season, that was frozen in my freezer. This is enough to get the current forest champion, to check it out, and see if there were some other bruiser working his territory. And it has been known to bring him in, when nothing else would do. I will also be hanging a tail(tucked away from last season in the freezer) on the ground floor that I can wag from my treestand with a fishing line, which will give me time to position myself, for a shot. It will be far awway enough from my stand, and out of the line of sight, so that I don't tip some wary whitetail that I am not far away. It sort of will also assure another deer that they are not alone.
These and a few choice other natural things will give me the edge I am looking for. No point trying to outfox an animal that is really used to coming where I hunt on a daily basis year-round, another excuse to be on high alert, for the few months that I am on stand.
But I have to confess, I started out being a sniff freak, and was convinced that the worse it smelled as far as urine was concerned, the better it was going to work. Problem was that the results were not supporting the efforts, I was putting into it. So time to read what others wrote and sound it out to myself.