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.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...