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.
If you want to properly preserve velvet antlers, you will have to inject & brush them with formaldehyde or some of the new less toxic chemicals (4 in 1 solution works great as does Knobloch's antler in velvet tan) as its easier to use however, both will work.
First, using rubber gloves take a razor blade and make small incisions at the tips of all points about 1/8". Next hang the antlers upside down, allowing the blood to drain. Starting at the bases inject the solution into the...