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.
Let me start off by saying that I am a scaredy cat.
For someone that spent 3 years in 82nd Airborne jumping out of all manner of military aircraft, my friends find this ludicrous - but... it is what it is!
Climbing stand? Yep, still scared - put me up 15' and that is about it.
Ladder stands? I am better in these - but still cautious.
Chain on stands? Used to love them, now they terrify me.
I was once ridiculed for putting chain on stands waaaay too high - some of my friends...