There is a local fellow that sells Real Estate in Reserve New Mexico that knows everyone. He can surely get you local information. His name is Zeno Kiehne. I'm sure you can even get him to rent you one of his cabins. I can't seem to find his number but you can get him through information. I hunted the mountains just south of town a few years back and we all tagged out. Great Unit. When is your hunt? One word of caution: Unfortunately, just like other small towns in the US, there seems to be a local meth problem around reserve. Be aware of who you are working with before you hand over any $ for services. I speak from an unfortunate personal experience with some of the locals.
The cabins are on the south end of Reserve on the main road you take to get to 16A. Only a couple of miles south of the main intersection. That time of year there can be beautiful for camping, but you can also get lots of snow or rain some years. Last year we were in 15 and got snow the last day of the hunt. The roads there can get down right nasty, mud under snow. Bring chains! There are also some guys in the area with horses for hire if you get a big bull in a tough location. The rut will probably be over or ending when you hunt. It was that time last year. That is OK but look up high if that is the case. We found the biggest bulls way up last year. Lots of rag horns and spikes down low with the heards. Last but not least, they have reintroduced wolves in that area. The last two years they have screwed up a couple of good stalks when they started howling. You might even see them. I did two years ago. Kind of cool but they can really show up at the worst time and intercept your bull. Good luck!
I have seen some 400+ bulls there during the rut but finding them in that big country during the post rut is a good trick. The really big bulls go hide out in their favorite recovery bed and can be really tough to get to. Look for a place with food cover for bedding and water all in a remote place.
I heard that NM is going to raise their tag prices next year. Oh well, I will probably still attempt to get drawn there. I have had more success getting drawn as a nonresident there than as a resident in Arizona.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...