Deer patterning you is not always a bad thing. You need to know how they are adjusting to your habits and place your stands there early in the summer and not go back until it is time to hunt. Letting the deer think they have you figured out is how you stay one step ahead of them. Since this is about checking cameras, we never put cameras in places that are not established places humans already walk so attempting to be scent free is probably counter productive. Hunting season is another story.
Stay Scent Free While Setting Your Trail Cams
A few years ago my brother who lives on the property had a girlfriend and her kids move in. The house is about four hundred yards from the black hole. The kids were into dirt bikes and ATVs and snowmobiles. Probable no more than a day or two passed with the kids driving similar past the black hole. They had a loop they would ride over and over that took them within about eighty yards of it.
Things did not work out so the girlfriend and kids moved out. Been three years now. We have not seen a deer or sign of deer anywhere near the black hole to this day.
I think if you have a smaller chunk of deer habitat with now other options they will habituate to routine activity. Where else are they going to go. If they have nearby option I think they more likely to move along than get used to things.
I am in my two woods that I hunt probably 4 times a week from April until the end of hunting season. I have good atv trails and I walk and drive out there both. The trails also get mowed twice a year. I also have several food plots on both pieces. I never use cover scents when mowing, checking cameras, or working the food plots. I place my cameras in the food plots and on the roadways. I have done this for the last 5 years and I have more pictures and videos of huge bucks, does and fawns than I would have ever imagined. Im my opinion I have food that the deer want to eat and they want to be in my woods, therefore they will put up with the minor inconvenience of me being there a couple minutes a few times a week. I couldn't be happier with the amount of deer and pics I get and see each year.
I think if you do something and are consistant with it the deer very easily get used to it. It is when you start doing things differently that the deer get nervous and change their routines. With me being in the woods all the time all summer, they don't know when it goes from checking cameras to hunting time. They are just used to me being there.