The late season cow hunt for 34 is limited to anything west of 6563 (Sunspot Highway), North of Cathy Canyon and South of the Apache Reservation. With that limited space I would park myself in the area around Haynes Canyon Southwest towards Westside road. Still a bunch of good country.
I live in Cruces as well and would be more than happy to show you some areas on the map. I just wish I was quick enough to get a tag for 34. PM me if interested.
One of the most important pieces of equipment that you will take hunting is a good quality pair of optics and they take some care to give you the performance that you want. So here are a few tips.
Use some alcohol and cheese cloth to clean the lenses. I will usually pick up an extra cleaning kit from my optician when I have my eyes examined.
Don't touch the lens with your fingers. If there is a stick or a bug on them blow it off.
Use the lens covers. They are there...