I guess what we have all indicated that when you hunt carries a lot of weight as to how you would hunt a buck. If I was hunting in early October, I would do my best to locate his travel route, and not use anything to call or scent him in, just set up in a perfect position to take him (near) his bedding area. However, in the pre-rut and early prime rut, doe-in-heat products can tilt the odds in your favor. I carry a set of rattleing horns or a bag of rattleing sticks as well as scent products during the rut. They are all tools and some days they work other days they don't. Why would you not try something different? How else do you learn??? Be comfortable in how you hunt but don't get locked into a set style that's prohibits you from learning new tactics.