New Mexico Department of Game and Fish's cougar management plan involves quotas for 16 zones encompassing 52 hunt units. Many zones, because of their easier access via snowmobile and four-wheel-drive vehicles, usually reach their quotas by January. However, Zone C (including the Pecos and Latir Wilderness areas) and Zone J (comprising most of the Gila region, including the Gila Wilderness) often close on March 31, the final day of the season, with quotas unfilled. (For zone-closure information, call 877-950-5466, or visit www.wildlife.state.nm.us.) These areas also happen to include the highest cat and quota numbers, and at the same time some of the most remote and difficult country; hunts on horseback are the norm. The Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation (505-759-3255) doesn't institute quotas and also offers super lion hunting.