The fact that Walking Dead zombies used to be smarter has been discussed. (They used to do things like pick up toys, look in peep holes, open door knobs, unzip tents, and pick up rocks to break windows; but this last season they could not even reason enough to get in the prison fence.)
However, after season one episode 3, I don't recall ever hearing any more about the fact that zombies can smell people. That episode is the last time we ever see a zombie sniffing the air.
Am I forgetting something? Has the zombies' smelling ability come up again?