I drew a tag there last year, but didn't get a chance to make it down there to hunt. I did get in a scouting trip and have pictures of the area if you want. Also have some opinions on where to go. Did see a handful of deer on National Forest land.
I can email you the pictures if you want.
I liked the area north of Tadpole Ridge and Sheep Corral Canyon Road, south of the Gila River.
Depends on what part of the unit you want to hunt. If you like the area throughout the Mimbres Valley, you can try the Royal John Mine Rd off of St. Rd 61. Its private for a few miles but right after you enter the forest there are some good meadows. I've archery hunted there a lot and usually see several bucks early and late in the day. Further north on HWY 35 you can try Mcknight Canyon Rd and Powderhorn and all of the forest roads around Lake Roberts. Also try Little Walnut Picnic area further west through Silver City. The deer are used to people and there are a lot of them. Its close to town also.
Most of these photos were off of Sheep Corral Canyon Road:
I've got some others around here, but not loaded on photobucket yet. It's very scenic and not at all what I expected. I had assumed it would Pinyon-Juniper country and it certainly is not. However, there isn't much understory, so you'll want to find brushier areas to find the deer if the forbs are all dessicated in late October.
We all think about getting in shape for that up coming big game hunt but what about your truck or suv? Just how much thought goes through your mind on getting it ready for that out of the way hunt that you are heading out on?
The first thing that I usually do is check the tires. If they need replacement think what would happen if you get 50 miles from nowhere and not one but two of them go flat or blow out on you. What are you going to do? When my tires usually get...