Dress to kill, being a newbie, watch as many hunting beast shows on you tube as you can dan has some great stuff there,even on milk weed. Then i suggest buying some of dans dvds, there awsome, buy them all even if it doesnt fit for your terrian theres some to learn from all of them that will work some way or another for your area!
I myself was a scent control junk, probally even made a few of my buddys mad over it, but im not worrying about it any more! I just wish i found the beast along time ago and made it stick in my head. I could have gone on some out of state trips i wasted!
As far as milk weed, ive seen some making pods now but most i have not made pods just yet, here in kentucky anyway, bout mid august is when they have there pods and are getting ready dry thats when i would pic them. I can see its the best tool to use since i learned about them, it will help you way more than a scent bag or gear ever will!!
Good luck and welcome to the beast!!!
Bucks,ducks, turkeys,and bass!