When do you start using scent?
For me it's not necessarily the size of the buck it's the story of the deer that makes the hunt. I enjoy targeting only mature deer and with the multiple properties I have yet to have a season that one of them doesn't hold a mature deer. I've eaten tag soup on many occasions and I'm fine with that.
The amount of people who are against the use of scent bewilders me. Maybe some of you who have negative feedback can fill me in but I have had some great success using it. On the 25 acres I hang a dripper and every year I get videos of bucks coming every day to work the mock scrape. Without the use of a mock scrape I use to only get bucks on camera every couple days as they passed through the area.
OK, so my answer to what you have to say is, for one, why do you need to know what kind of a crop you have? If you only have one piece to hunt, maybe two, your limited, very limited. So knowing that your hands are tied between one or two pieces, What are pictures or a list of shooters going to do for you besides something fun to send to your buddies.
I say screw the scent and screw the cameras. IF you are hanging that dripper in a pinch point, hunt that pinch point and you'll find out what is there. Most people get mind "effed" when they know of a big deer and do dumb things. Hunt smart, hunt like there is a giant there and you'll be fine. Call me an idiot, but that's how i see it.
I mean really, if you hang that dripper and have ZERO shooters, are you going to just stay home and pump farts into your sofa rather than hunt?