The demand is high for hunters to take aim during a new hunting season.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that 6,500 people applied for bobcat hunting permits when only 500 are being issued this year.
DNR will hold a lottery drawing to select who will receive a permit. The permits are for the person who applied and cannot be transferred.
DNR says there are about 5,000 bobcats in Illinois, the new hunting season will run from November 10 to January 31.